Want to ace your next interview and achieve your dream job you’ve been dreaming of for a long time? 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, as the interviewer may ask how you perceive his company’s position in its industry.
- Clarify all the selling points in mind and 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 then also be prepared with your defense of why they should hire you.
- Prepare for common interview questions so that you’ll be prepared with the answers and you won’t fumble for them 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, so that they will conclude that you’re interested in the job or the company.
- Subscribe to the theory of ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ so that you’ll be able to answer confidently and convincingly during the actual interview.
- Come in with energy and enthusiasm, express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time, and also start off with a positive comment about the company so that you’ll score a success in the first five minutes.
- Your job is to transform this “tug of war” into a relationship in which you’re both 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 you waiting upon him to ask the question related to your selling points.
- Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions (race, age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation) in a positive, smart, and impressive way.
- Most importantly 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 negative experiences during an interview.
- Close on a positive note – express your gratitude towards the interviewer and how much you were excited about it before the interview and how much you liked the job.
- Have a copy of your resume with you to every interview, so that even if the interviewer has misplaced his or her copy, you can just pull your extra copy out and hand it over.
- Don’t worry about sounding canned because of too much practice – you’ll sound smooth and articulate, not canned.
- Be always prepared for the question “Tell me about yourself” with short and with your selling points.
- The dress always appropriately before an interview, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, have good posture, speak clearly.
- Always be ready for “behavior-based” interviews and for hypothetical questions – answer them smartly.
- Always write 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 truly think would be a great fit for you, don’t give up!
Gone are those days when you panic before going to any 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.