Double, double toil and trouble – fire burn and cauldron bubble! While witches, ghosts and goblins seem like the some of the scariest things to experience during Halloween, to someone applying for a new job there is nothing worse than a nightmare interview.

Just like a grisly ghost story, applying for a new job can leave you hiding under the covers spooked for days. Don’t dread putting yourself out there. Prior to your interview, make sure you are prepared. Be ready by knowing as much about the job you are interviewing for as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the position. What is the compensation? What kind of benefits does the company offer? What are the general expectations of the position? Have confidence in yourself prior to your interview and try to not let your fears get the best of you.

Below are various ways to avoid a horrendous, hair-raising interview:

  • Don’t agonize over time. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your interview, allowing yourself plenty of time to use the restroom, grab some water, and gather your thoughts.
  • Don’t cause a fright. Dress appropriately for the interview and always present yourself professionally. Be cautious of your body language and stay engaged during the interview.
  • Don’t be passive. Sell yourself. Be sure to communicate how your qualifications fit the job requirements you interviewer is looking for. Mention your job history, be specific about your talents and abilities, and how your skill sets can benefit the position you are applying for.
  • Don’t dread doing your homework. Always research the employer prior to the interview. Check out their website, what services they offer, and their history and core values, this information will not only help you better understand the company you will be working with but will also provide you with some questions of your own to ask during the interview.
  • Don’t share gruesome details. Be honest, but not too honest. Always answer your interviewer’s questions truthfully and politely but be wary of talking poorly about past bosses or negative experiences. Keep the interview on a positive note.
  • Don’t be left haunted by the interview. Be sure you know the follow-up steps to an interview. Ask about the timeframe for when your interviewer will have a decision on your application and find out if there might be another interview following. Leave your interviewer with the impression that you want the job; and, take the time to write a Thank You letter or email to your interviewer expressing your gratitude for their time.

So, remember, while black cats, eerie shadows and zombies can give you a fright, nothing is more daunting than a nightmare interview. Avoid the fearful uncertainty of the unknown. With preparation, confidence and fearlessness, you will be sure to find the job of your dreams.

This blog was written by Renee Cosgrove.

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