Interview tips: how to crack any interview
“The secret of acing a job interview is to stop believing in luck and start believing in yourself!”
Job interviews never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. Selling yourself may be one of the hardest things you’d face, but, thankfully, there are a few simple tips and tricks that will do wonders the next time you are on a ‘hot seat’.
With some advance preparation, you’ll be able to nail the interview and showcase the experience that makes you the ideal candidate for the company’s next new employee. Here’s a list of 11 tips that’ll help you get your dream job:
- Research about the Company:
Do your homework about the employer and the industry. While answering, try to relate your goals with that of the Company to create a strong impression. Also, use the interviewer’s name during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Building rapport and making a personal connection with your interviewer can up your chances of getting hired. People tend to hire candidates they like, and who seem to be a good fit for the company culture.
- Control your body language:
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence. Take a moment to regroup if you need it. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question (active listening) before you answer, and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question.
- Show what you know:
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments, match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions, “I noticed that when you implemented a new software system last year, your employee costs reduced drastically. I am well versed in the latest technologies and appreciate a company who strives to be a leader in its industry.” Take the time to make a match between your expertise and the company’s requirements, and to sell yourself to the interviewer.
- Prepare your responses to common interview questions:
Firstly, find out the interview style. Will it be one-on-one or in a group? Will it be with one person, or will you meet several members of the organization? Your goal should be to determine what you’ll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments. A good tool for remembering your responses is to put them into a story form that you can tell in the interview.
- 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 underdressed and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview, and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
- Ask insightful questions:
Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Thus, 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. This shows that you have done your research and that you are curious. The smart jobseeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview.
- Familiarize yourself with your CV:
Know your CV, cover letter and application form thoroughly, with special emphasis on the work experience and hobbies that you have mentioned. Don’t risk getting caught out by questions about your background or experience.
- Keep breath mints handy:
Bad breath is a sure way to turn off the interviewer – especially if the interview is behind closed doors. Make sure you carry a packet of strong mint and pop one a few minutes before the interview.
- Make good first impressions:
A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet, right from the parking attendant to the 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, keep in mind that the impression interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you can make or break an interview.
- Visit the restroom 10 minutes before the interview starts:
Wash your hands thoroughly – the nervousness before the interview makes your palms sweat and sweaty hands is a complete no-no. Also, don’t forget to check your teeth, makeup and hair.
- Follow up:
Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal note. Send a thank you note (by email) typically within 24 hours of your interview.
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