Interview with Confidence

Confidence is a major element when it comes to interview success. Mastering the interview process takes time, tenacity, and knowledge.

First of all, we know how stressful the interviewing process can be. Just thinking about walking into an interview can create sweaty palms. Also, it likely causes your heart to beat out of control. And, I’m sure it conjures up a little nauseous feeling in the pit of your stomach. These are all natural responses. But, if not controlled, they can destroy your chance of getting that job.

Unknowns cause people to suffer this kind of nervousness. You never know what type of question will sail your way. Will the interviewer ask traditional or situational questions? Maybe, the questions will center around ISD specifics relating to software, philosophy, or trends.

Regardless, unknowns can wreak havoc. So, how can you best deal with them? By showing up fully prepared to succeed.

The 6 Ways to Success

Speak with expression

Use vocal variety when speaking. By varying your inflection, pitch, and volume, you’ll be less apt to bore the interviewer. Most of all,  you’ll appear interested and energized. These are two highly-desirable features.

Think like the hiring manager

Imagine you were the one hiring for the position. What would you want to hear and see from a candidate? What would help you connect? Confidence? Perhaps mirroring body position and using eye contact? Or how about demonstrating excitement for the opportunity to interview?

Use solid examples

Employers are usually looking to see how you have handled challenges in the past. They want to understand your process in working through a challenge. How do you analyze all the pieces? Are you capable of composing a logical solution? Furthermore, providing examples of how you’ve dealt with such challenges is a strong way to prove you are the best person for the position.

Prepare a list of follow up questions

Always ask questions when invited to do so. This will show the interviewer how you are a good fit for the company. But, even more importantly, this will allow you to ensure the company is a good fit for you. Ask questions about company culture, advancement opportunities, and management styles. Also, ask about team dynamics and what’s expected. As a result of asking thoughtful questions, you’ll make your interest in the position clear.

Prepare for potential questions

The Instructional Design Technology – Career Development Blog has an insightful list of potential questions that can help you prepare for an ISD interview.

One of the questions that the blog asks: What is your proficiency level of eLearning tools such as Flash, Captivate, Camtasia, Breeze, Blackboard?

When answering such a question, remember to cite solid examples. You’ll show off your skills. This will help to highlight your confidence, too! Highlight a recent work project you completed successfully with confidence. Talk about how the tool helped you accomplish your goal. Consequently, this will offer you an opportunity to illustrate your knowledge and skill level. It will also give you the chance to showcase your best work.

Send a thank you email the same day

A huge mistake many make when interviewing is not sending a thank you. Email is a good medium because it’s quick, modern, and they may even respond. Your thank you email should include a sincere note of gratitude for meeting with you. Also, it should contain a confident statement that you really want the job. Be sure to conclude it with a quick plug outlining why you’re perfect for it.

A Career in ISD

If you’re looking to enter into the ISD field or are trying to advance in it, adding to your educational skills can help. Some ISD graduate programs, like UMBC’s master’s program in Instructional Systems Development, offer a portfolio element to their curriculum. A portfolio provides students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned with tangible evidence of knowledge, skill, abilities and competencies. In conclusion,  Portfolios can be a wonderful career tool that may assist graduates in getting jobs, promotions, new clients, and other professional opportunities.

Over to you. How do you prepare for an interview? Feel free to comment and share your ideas!

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