Going For An Interview? 9 Best Job Interview Tips You Will Need
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When you have successfully mastered cover letters, CVs , and job applications and are receiving requests for interviews, it’s time to understand how to succeed in the job interview so that you are ever closer to your goal of obtaining one or more job offers.
Best Job Interviewing Tips for Job-Seekers
1.Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity
Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seeker’s part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you’ll understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions.
2. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Responses
Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. First, inquire as to the type of interview to expect (which you can do by asking your contact person at the organization). Your goal is composing detailed yet concise responses, focusing on specific examples and accomplishments.
3. Dress for Success
Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum.
4.Arrive on Time for the Interview and Prepared for Success
There is no excuse for ever arriving late for an interview — other than some sort of disaster. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace.
As you get to the offices, shut off your cell phone. (And if you were chewing gum, get rid of it.)
5. Make Good First Impressions to Everyone You Encounter
A cardinal rule of interviewing: Be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet, from parking attendant or receptionist to the hiring manager. Employers often are curious how job applicants treat staff members, and your job offer could easily be derailed if you’re rude or arrogant to any of the staff.
When it’s time for the interview, make a strong first impression by dressing well, arriving early, and when greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake.
6. Be Authentic, Upbeat, Focused, Confident, Candid, and Concise
Once the interview starts, the key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions. At the same time, your goal is to get to the next step, so you’ll want to provide focused responses that showcase your skills, experience, and fit with the job and the employer.
No matter how much an interviewer might bait you, never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker.
7. Remember Body Language, Avoiding Bad Habits
While the content of your interview responses is paramount, poor body language can be a distraction at best or a reason not to hire you.
Effective forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.
Detrimental forms of body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.
8. Ask Insightful Questions
Even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you must ask a few questions.
The smart job-seeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview.
9. Sell Yourself Throughout and then Close the Deal
An adage in interviewing says the most qualified applicant is not always the one who is hired, which means the hired candidate is often the job-seeker who does the best job in responding to interview questions and showcasing his or her fit with the job, department, and organization.
Succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in obtaining job offers.