Interview Tips

How To Prepare For Job Interviews—15 Tips

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Only a good resume can’t get you the job you’re applying for. You need more than what is contained in your resume, something that actually reflects a dimensional portion of your personality.

Such reflections can only be created by practicing the correct job interview tips. And that’s exactly what you need to do in order to secure that job.

Fortunately for you, there are tons of job interview tips out there you could possibly consider. Unfortunately for you also, most of those tips are completely out of use—either outdated or flawed.

And so, I took my time to go way back into history, making a profound research and analysis on job interview tips, filtering through tons of them and finally, fetching out the most important and updated ones.

For that reason, you have every right to believe you will smash your next interview, leaving the interviewer with a killer impression.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Job Interview Tips

Research The Company

Your in-depth knowledge of the company creates more chances of winning for you. Research the company’s owners, achievements, the interviewer (if known), competitors etc.

Visit their website, social media pages and profiles. Not all candidates go through this process. And so, if you can go through the company’s information to the last, you can have advantage over other candidates.

Have A Contact In The Company

It’s not compulsory but it is necessary to have someone in the company. The essence of having someone on the inside is to learn about the company’s culture and to get all the necessary information needed for the interview.

This person can be someone you met through their LinkedIn or any other means. The point is, if you can succeed in getting a contact that can give you all the information you need for the interview, you stand a higher chance of getting hired.

Understand The Job’s Description

Taking a seat in front of your interviewer only to start talking about a job that, do not correspond with the role you’re applying for is a fatal mistake.

And that’s precisely, why you have to be sure of what you’re applying for—the role and the duties attached to it. To achieve that, you have to carefully, study the job’s description.

In the face of the unavoidable question: why do you think you’re the best candidate for this job? It’s your profound knowledge on the role that will help you understand how best to correlate your responses.

To make sure you understand the role better, it’s best you also ask the interviewer some questions regarding the role; you are likely to learn something new about the role from their response.

Find Out The Type Of Interview

It’s a nice move trying to know what format the interview will be taking—a one-on-one interview, a video interview or even a panel interview.

The earlier you know about the interview format, the better; you’ll have a lot of time to prepare for it. But in an event where you have no idea on what format the interview will be conducted, you can try reaching out to the HR for better understanding.

Update Your Resume

Make sure your resume is standard—having the right length, unique, impressive objectives, useful skills, etc. Whatever you do, just make sure your resume stands out from the rest because that will earn you more scores.

Verify Your References

You have to be extremely sure that your list of references is up to date. In essence, you have to be sure that the references’ information (contact information, positions they occupy, your relationship with them etc.) are up to date.

Reports confirmed that 80% of recruiters claims they reach out to references. An updated reference list will help your recruiter reach out to your references in order to confirm your qualifications.

The Right Outfit

If you have no clue on what to wear or even the company’s dress code, you can make the research or contact the HR to get a better understanding of what works.

In most cases though, black suit is usually the real deal for job interviews. Remember to put on the correct footwear—black shoe, precisely.

Also be sure to appear in your best outlook by taking a proper shower, wearing a nice perfume (no strong fragrance), nice hair style, neat nails etc.

Prepare And Practice Your Answers

Prepare for the possible answers you’ll face in the interview room. Practice your answers with friends in a loud (not too loud) voice.

Practice how to deal with tricky questions. Learn how to respond to questions directed towards your weaknesses. You should also learn how to handle one of the biggest question: “what makes you think you’re the right candidate for this job?”

One big tip you can employ is using your responses to activate conversational grounds. Trust me, it’s harder than it seems. But if you can do it, you’ll definitely gain advantage over other candidates.

Understand What To Avoid

There are tons of stuffs you shouldn’t even think of doing while the interview process is ongoing. These includes: showing up late, showing disinterest in the job, lying about anything, lacking proper information about the company, showing unnecessary concern for the money talk, etc.

All those stuffs will quickly set you up for failure. And so, you must avoid them at all costs.

Arrange Your Elevator Pitch Properly

In most cases, the “tell me about yourself” question is always asked at the initial stage of the interview process. Your response to that question is an elevator pitch. And what actually makes a good elevator pitch is the ability of the pitch to spark the interest of your interviewer.

And so you have to prepare a brief statement regarding yourself, which also includes a summary of your skills, education, work history, passion and any other relevant experience. Your statement has to impress your interviewer else, your failure might start counting from there.

Ask Questions

You shouldn’t attend an interview only to answer questions from the interviewer; it’s not an interrogation. Compile reasonable questions regarding the company and the position you’re applying for.

You can ask about the company’s achievements, its goals, its competitors, the working culture, etc. You can also ask the interviewer about the challenges you’re likely to face in your role.

Understand And Practice Interview Ethics

You want to be on your best behavior right from the moment you step out of your home till the end of the interview process at the office.

Practice how to greet people politely, how to introduce yourself, how to act and talk in the course of your whole stay at the company’s premises.

Be kind to everyone you come across; you might not know who the recruiter is until the interview starts.

Plan Ahead And Ward off Distractions

Plan how to get to the interview venue before the main day. It will save you the cost of time and stress.

Before the interview process, switch off your devices to avoid unnecessary distractions like calls and notifications capable of punctuating the interviewer thus, ruining the interview process.

Learn To Manage Pressure

Reports have shown that most candidates don’t know how to deal with pressure; they go about calming themselves the wrong way when they should instead appreciate and accept pressured situations in order to improve productivity.

Some tips you can employ when under a pressured situation includes taking a deep breath, meditation, silently uttering mantras. These are techniques that have worked for people and if you can trust the process, you’ll find yourself doing well under pressure.

Employ Some Proven Interview Techniques

Some special techniques you can apply during the interview process is, creating a connection between you and the interviewer, answering questions without having to talk too much, not boring the interviewer with a disorganized narrative, showing negative body language etc.

If you can bring all these tips onboard and skillfully, utilize them, you’ll have a great chance of getting hired. Just do the right thing without thinking about other candidates.

Just to reiterate on what I said earlier in the eighth tip(last paragraph), it’s a skill that is immensely effective if you apply it skillfully. Try and see how that tip alone can impress your interviewer. Happy job hunting.

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