Knowing how to ace a job interview can be the difference between getting the job you’ve always wanted and being rejected once again by another potential employer. Fortunately, there are certain strategies that anyone can learn to ensure their success in any interview, whether it’s your first or your 100th.
This article lists ten tips on how to succeed in a job interview so you can get the position you want as soon as possible!
1) Do your research
It’s important to do your research on the company, its culture, and whether or not it’s a good fit for you. You want to look like an informed applicant and not someone who is clueless about the company.
Also, be sure that you are completely knowledgeable about the position for which you are interviewing so that when questions arise about work responsibilities or expectations, you have intelligent answers.
2) Start early
Interview prep starts before you even know you need it. As soon as you feel like the time is right for you to start looking for a new job, take that initial step of researching companies and applying.
Even if the company doesn’t have open positions at the moment, they may still get back to you. Remember – early preparation pays off!
3) Dress appropriately
Dress professionally and dress according to the company’s culture. You are being interviewed for your skills, but you are also being judged on your outward appearance.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on formal business attire, just wear something clean and presentable. If the company you are interviewing with is casual dress, it is always better if you overdress than underdress.
4) Prepare your professional elevator pitch
What is your one-minute professional elevator pitch? Your elevator pitch is the short, high-level summary of your career that you can share with people when you only have one minute.
Be concise and thoughtful with your language and save time for follow up questions by finishing off with something like, What do you think? or Do you have any other questions for me?
5) Practice with a friend or family member
Practice your answers with a friend or family member who knows nothing about the position and then ask them for feedback. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be on interview day.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When it comes time for the Q&A session, make sure you have thought of at least one or two things that you might not know and ask them.
At the same time, don’t be offended if they don’t answer everything–they might be reserving some information for other candidates.
Prepare by researching the company, their culture, as well as basic HR policies, salary ranges and benefits prior to your interview so that you feel confident about asking questions relating to these topics.
7) Don’t brag or lie
Make sure that you are really composed and you do not brag or tell a lie about what you are not capable of doing, just to get the job.
8) Showcase your best qualities
1. Arrive at least 15 minutes early and greet the receptionist or office staff with a smile.
2. Check the mirror and make sure you are looking your best for the interview.
3. Introduce yourself first before sitting down (if you happen to be joining others who are waiting).
4. Sit up straight, but not rigidly so, with good posture.
5. Dress conservatively and comfortably, wearing appropriate clothes for the type of work you’re applying for.
6. If offered coffee or tea, politely decline if it will affect your ability to perform well during the interview – it’s important that they have their full attention on you during this meeting.
9) Know the company
Think of all the possible questions that may be asked during the interview and make sure you can answer them. For example, Do you know anything about our company? Your answer should be not only what you know but why you are interested in it as well.
Finally, always be on time and show your personality; otherwise, why would they want to hire you?
10) Stay calm and confident throughout
The biggest thing you can do is stay calm and confident throughout the entire interview. A prospective employer will notice your reaction right away, so be sure to come across as excited and engaged with what they are saying.
This will show them that you’re someone who’s able or willing to take on new challenges while being adaptable, so don’t overthink it too much.