6 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Ace Your Next Job Interview

6 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Ace Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are among the most challenging things a young professional can go through. You could have a few interviews under your belt and still find this process nerve-wracking! This is because every interview is a fresh experience. Each one is for a different role, conducted by a different person, and appear at various points in someone’s career.

 

How you behaved in interviews a couple of years ago is probably different from how you would today. When you’ve scoured the online jobcentre and applied for a couple of vacancies, here are some tips to help you make a good impression!

 

  1. Show that you’ve done your homework

 

Before you even nab that interview slot, you should already research the company you’re applying for. This helps you in several ways; you align not only your interview responses but also your CV and cover letter to the company’s values and the job opening.

 

Be prepared to answer questions like “What do you know about this company?” and “What do you know about the job?” If the interviewer doesn’t state these outright, know how to fit it into the conversation. Companies aren’t shy about their corporate identity; you’ll see relevant information on their website, social media pages, and company materials.

 

  1. Compare the vacancy and your resume

 

Always prepare for an interview! Search for typical questions for the role you’re targeting and have ready answers for these. Make your responses short but specific; these should highlight how your skills respond to the company’s needs. One way to do this is by reviewing the job listing and identifying where your skills make the most impact.

 

Keep in mind that preparation will only get you so far. You have to be mentally present during the interview itself—listen to your interviewer carefully and make sure you are really responding to what they are asking. When you pay attention, it shows that you are interested, which helps you build a better connection with your interviewer.

 

  1. Eliminate logistics problems

 

Prepare for your interview date; print multiple copies of your CV, pick an outfit, learn the route to the office, and sleep early before your interview. Account for traffic patterns in the area and try to arrive ten minutes early for your appointment. This gives you time to check your appearance in the restroom, do last-minute bathroom preparations, and psych yourself for what’s to come.

 

  1. Develop a rapport with the interviewer

 

Know your interviewer’s name and their position, and use it sparingly during your conversation. If you don’t know who will interview you, call the recruiter beforehand and ask. When they’re making their introductions, don’t let your mind wander. Be an active participant; the interviewer is determining if you’re a good fit for the company culture, so you should do the same!

 

Remember that your interviewer, at the end of the day, is someone with a job to do. A job search from their point of view is about finding someone who fits into the systems they have. When you frame it this way, you’ll be less focused on your nerves and more interested in knowing more about the company. This also reminds you to reach out with your words and provide the most accurate information.

 

  1. Practice interview etiquette

 

Remember that majority of in-person communication occurs through non-verbal cues. You should be as calm and relaxed as possible. Mind small things like making eye contact, breathing properly, unclenching your jaw, and relaxing your hands.

 

Listen to your interviewer and don’t cut them off. Wait for them to finish speaking before jumping in. Conversely, don’t panic if you don’t know how to answer a question. If you must, take a couple of seconds to think of your response. It’s fine if you’re quiet; what’s worse is starting a sentence with filler words like ‘uh’ or ‘um.’

 

  1. Keep in touch after the interview

 

It’s always worth the effort to reach out to your interviewers. Many hiring managers find it helpful to receive a thank-you note from applicants. When you send yours, don’t keep it to a couple of lines about how you appreciate the time they took for you. Include things you may have overlooked in your CV but bear mentioning.

 

Conclusion

 

There are a few things you can do to make a job interview less stressful. The main thing to remember is that it is not an oral exam; your goal should not be to prove what you know. With adequate preparation and the right mindset, you can attend your interview without causing undue stress to yourself or your interviewer!

 

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