Job interviews are a part of life. You go to school to learn how to be a productive member of society by learning a skill or trade for a life time of work, and the only way you’re going to be able to get those future jobs is by acing yet another test. The job interview.
So how do you ace this test? There are plenty of ways to make sure you pass an interview with flying colors. The first is your ability to do the job. So before taking these 20 essential tips into consideration, understand if you are capable for the position you’ve applied for. Never interview for a job you are not 100% sure you can do well!
1) Do your homework
Research the company as well as your interviewer. You would never take a test without knowing how to answer the questions and an interview is no different.
2) Look professional
The way you present yourself speaks volumes to a manager. If you look sloppy, your work is sloppy. Dress to impress with appropriate attire.
3) Body language
Another telltale attribute to a manager is your body language. Simply sitting up straight, looking at who is speaking to you and keeping still makes a huge difference in your appearance.
4) Practice make perfect
Work with a recruiter or a friend on answering questions because you don’t want to stumble when the interview finally comes.
5) Be on time!
In fact, don’t be on time, be early! This is a huge indication on what you will be like as an employee.
6) Get some sleep
A good night’s sleep makes a world of difference the next day. A well-rested mind helps make you feel confident.
7) Social Media
Yes, you may look adorable in that selfie but your future employer is going to look you up online and see that dress you wore last night. Clean up all social media or deactivate it so they can’t see last night’s mistake.
8) Personality is key.
You were able to land an interview based off of your resume so now they want to see if your personality is a fit too. Don’t be afraid to show off some of who you are during the interview.
9) Every question is potentially a test
Some interviewers make you feel relaxed, which makes you less professional. Don’t fall for that trick! You can be relaxed too but always stay sharp and ready to answer hard-hitting questions.
10) Be confident
Never under estimate how valuable you are. Be confident in your work, personality, and your skills.
11) Always listen
Listening is the key to life. If you listen properly, you answer properly.
12) Write things down
When you’re listening, write it down. You may have a question about it later or it may be important for you to know.
13) Bring a notebook, your resume, and a pen
In order to write it down, you need to bring the tools. They won’t provide it and they may not have your resume either, so print several copies just in case.
14) Attitude – Smiling is important
Smile and show your teeth. If you act happy, you’ll be happy, and they will like your positive attitude.
15) Posture is important
Sitting up straight and planting your feet gives you confidence without you even knowing it
16) The handshake
A strong, but not too strong handshake is a power move. Take control and give a firm handshake when you meet a manager and when you leave the interview.
17) Answering the interview questions
Some questions may take time for you to answer properly, don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to ensure you have an accurate answer.
18) Give specific examples
Your answers should relate to your work so be specific and knowledgeable about what you’ve done.
19) Share your ideas
You’ve done your research so let them know your thoughts on the position you would be doing and how you would improve it.
20) Follow up
Follow up with a thank you email. If you know a time frame as to when they will get back to you, follow up again if it’s taking a little longer to let them know you are still interested.