We have all been there. Shaky hands, sweaty palms, dry throat, and a panel of strangers. No matter where you are from, job interviews can be terrifying.
So How do you ace your next interview and achieve your dream job? Well, you don’t have to exhaust yourself thinking about it.
Here are 20 tips that will help you to be fully prepared and make the odds work.
- Before going for an interview always research the industry and company. The interviewer may ask you how you perceive the company’s position in the industry.
- Have a clear picture of all your selling points. Be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want the job and why you deserve it.
- Always be prepared with the answer of why they might not want to hire you. But also be prepared with your defense of why they should hire you.
- Practice a few common interview questions so that you’ll know the answers and won’t fumble during the actual interview.
- Line up with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Showing interest in the company may lead to things working in your favor.
- The saying, practice makes a man perfect is important. It will help you to able to answer confidently and convincingly.
- Enter the room with energy and enthusiasm. Express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time, and start with a positive comment about the company.
- Your job is to transform this “tug of war” into a relationship in which both parties are on the same side. Interviewers may view job interviews as adversarial.
- Be assertive and take responsibility for the interview. It’s your responsibility to make sure the interviewer walks away knowing your key selling points, rather than him to ask the question related to it.
- Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions (race, age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation) in a positive, smart, and impressive way.
- Communicate your selling points clearly during a job interview. Don’t bury them in long-winded stories. Instead, make the points clear with examples.
- Answer the questions positively and never dwell on negative experiences during an interview.
- Close on a positive note. Express your gratitude towards the interviewer, their time. Tell them how excited you were about the job.
- Have a copy of your resume with you to every interview, in case the interviewer misplaces their copy.
- Don’t worry about sounding canned because of too much practice. You will sound smooth and articulate, not canned.
- Be prepared for the question “Tell me about yourself”. Keep the answer short and include your selling points.
- Dress appropriately for an interview, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, have good posture, and speak clearly.
- Always be ready for “behavior-based” interviews and hypothetical questions.
- Send a thank-you note after every interview. Type each note on paper or send them by email, depending on the interviewers’ preferences.
- Don’t ever give up even if you had a bad interview for a job that you think would be a great fit for you.
Gone are those days when you panic before going to a job interview unprepared or don’t know how to answer the questions or dress appropriately. These 20 tips will surely help you to be fully prepared and ace the interview.