“Can you come in for an interview?” If you’re looking to land a job that you’re excited about, this is what you want to hear. Interviews have become a normal part of life. They make you toss and turn the day before, no matter how confident you are. Tension may cause you to stumble. When it comes to interviews, it’s no about the right answers, so don’t waste your time memorizing answers from other sources. It’s about being yourself.

So, you’ve submitted your resume and got contacted by the recruiter. From the stack of CVs they received, they noticed yours and now want to get to know you better. Interviews give you the chance to make a good impression. If the interview nerves are getting the best of you, breathe deeply and calm down. LinkedIn recently introduced some tools that will help you effectively prepare for the interview.

Get Advice on How to Answer Common Interview Questions

It’s difficult to foresee what you might be asked during the interview. Well, lucky for you, LinkedIn’s new updates focus on just that – in other words, help you prepare for the job interview. The new tools help candidates get ready for the uncertainty of the rendezvous.

LinkedIn will help you ace your next job interview.

You’re able to watch videos of career experts who’ll offer you a comprehensive guide on how to answer the least asked questions. What’s more, you get expert advice on how to approach difficult conversations. If you don’t know how to access these tools, follow these steps:

  1. Log into LinkedIn.com.
  2. Go to the Jobs Area.
  3. Click on Saved Jobs, which is near the top of the screen.
  4. Tap on the Applied Jobs.
  5. Click on Start Interview Prep.

Chances are that you’re familiar with questions like” What is your greatest weakness?” or “Tell me about a time you showed leadership.” Maybe so, but keep in mind that job interviews are different from company to company. The interviewer knows that you’ve practiced the traditional questions, so they’ll address trickier ones to get you to reveal information that you might have been trying to conceal. For the time being, the tools don’t cover questions that are tailored for particular positions or industries. However, if you purchase the premium subscription, you get access to top-notch interview samples.

Learn What Types of Skills Employers Want to Hear About

How long does an interviewer look at a resume? Patrick Algrim, CEO at Algrim.co told us, “On average, an interviewer only reads your resume for a total of 7.4 seconds. This means first impressions and active conversation is far more important to your chances of being employed than your resume is.” The point is that you shouldn’t feel surprised or offended if they don’t spend too much time on your CV.

Job interviews allow hiring managers and prospects to meet face to face. The get-together shows the employer what you can do for the organization and it lets you figure out if your qualifications and career ambitions match the position that you’re interested in. What the interviewer wants is to get the big picture of your background, test your communication skills, and see if you’re the right fit for the company.

As a job seeker, you need to focus on impressing all the people you meet when you’re interviewing for a new job. LinkedIn allows you to practice answering common interview questions and it’ll show what skills are paramount in collaborative, networked organizations. Draw attention to your skills and don’t insist on your past job titles. You’ll find that the LinkedIn videos are extremely helpful in preparing for the upcoming interview. Learn from the best what types of skills recruiters can’t wait to hear about.

Don’t Avoid the Conversation Altogether

Questions transform the job interview into a job conversation. Don’t avoid speaking your mind just because you’re afraid you can’t handle the challenge. Being able to address someone in a challenging way is a quality, not a flaw. Even if you don’t believe in yourself, face the problem. To be more precise, don’t avoid further discussing with the interviewer. This will only lead to frustration and it’ll put you in a bad light.

If you’re too insecure, take advantage of the new tools that LinkedIn just launched. You’ll learn a great deal from recording yourself. You’ll understand how you structure the answers, if you stumble. Having to look at yourself giving all those answers is pretty weird in the beginning. However, you’ll soon get used to it. Resist the temptation to laugh or giggle. Your future is at stake and there’s nothing funny about that.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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