Do you want to learn the best job interview tips for today’s job seekers?
There are very few things in life that afford you an opportunity to get a second chance but passing a job interview is not really one.
When going for an interview, there is only one way to succeed. Be prepared and learn the best interview tips.
11 Hacks For A Successful Job Interview
- Be Prepared– I can’t stress this enough. No matter how short the time is you need to be prepared, both mentally and physically. Some questions you might want to answer
- Who is the interviewer?
- Which company are you been recruited for?
- What information can you find out about this company eg who is their MD, what do they do, Who is their target audience etc?
- How does your role help the company to achieve their goals and objectives?
- Presentation matters – First impression matters and people who say this are never wrong. The way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed. Ensure that you are dress appropriately. Make sure you know the role you are been interviewed for and the dress culture for that role in that organisation.
For males, the best dress is usually a black or navy blue suit with white shirt and a matching tie. Their female counterparts are advised to dress in a black, grey or navy coloured suit. Ladies are advised to pair this look with pastel coloured camisoles for a polished look.
- Always be on time – Time management is an important skill for a successful lifestyle but it is very crucial when you are planning to attend an interview. I remember a particular interview I was scheduled for. I got to the area 30 minutes before the interview and needed to ask for direction.
Unfortunately, I had entered through the wrong gate and had to make a u-turn. I got to the venue exactly the time I was scheduled to start.
Now imagine what would have happened if I had gotten to the area very late. So you may be thinking, what is the best time to arrive at an interview venue?
I normally will recommend that you get to the interview not later than 30 minutes before your interview is scheduled to start. This gives you time to use the convenience if you have to and freshen up. You also get a chance to put yourself together and get into the mood for the interview.
- Always be polite – There are lots of interesting interview story but one particularly stands out. I remember the story of a young lady who went to an office for an interview and met an elderly man in the lobby. She greeted this man and sat down for her turn.
Not too long, she was called in and behold, the man she greeted in the lobby was the MD of the company.
I also remember the story of a young lady who was walking down the road to the company where she was scheduled for an interview after a raining day. A car passed her along the way and splash some water on her body. She was vividly annoyed. After all, she was going for an important interview and here this man was destined to ruin her chances. She cursed and pointed hands etc.
Long story short, the man apologised and everyone went their way, only to find out that the man she cursed was supposed to be her interviewer.
You never know who is who in any place you go to so ensure you are polite to everyone, even the security men.
- Go to the interview with a copy of your resume – Have you ever gotten to an interview panel and you are asked where is your resume? You immediately start to wonder how is it that you are asked when you already have submitted your resume to them before.
It can be very embarrassing and sometimes makes you feel silly. SO to avoid such feeling,always go to eery job interview with a clean copy of your resume in your folder
- Keep cell phone switched off before you enter the interview room – I had felt embarrassed at job interviews numerous times but often it happens because of my mistakes. The last time I make a commitment to always leave my phone at home if I have to go for an interview. This is because often time, our phones have become such a huge part of our life that we often forget to turn it off at critical times- eg during job interviews.
- Communication– Do you often wonder why some people even though they seem qualify for a job role still don’t do well at interviews? A lot of factors can be responsible but one thing I have seen quite often is the inability to communicate very well.
Learn to speak clearly. Leave all sang at the door and don’t sound rehearsed. In fact be personal. Smile a lot and don’t be arrogant. If your interviewer asks you a question you don’t understand , ask them to repeat it. Take your time to digest the question and then answer it appropriately
- Watch your body language – What you say at interviews are important but equally much more important, are things you do not say. Your body language is an important part of an interview.
Do not cross your arms as you might come across as been arrogant or defensive. Keep your hands below the table and remember to sit upright.
- Don’t be too self-depreciating – Answering interview questions can be tricky. Sometimes you never know which questions the interviewer might be asking you but interviews are a period when you need to shine. Avoid self-depreciating comments.
- Read your interviewer clues –Are you doing great at that interview? Sometimes you can tell by simply watching your interviewer for clues. So learn to read their expression.
- Have a concrete plan for the future: As said earlier , there are some job interview questions you might need to answer. One of them is “what is your career goal or plan for the future” . You need to consider this question very well. It might come in different formats but the fundamentals are the same.
Sometimes you get it asked as “what is your plan for the future”?
Success comes when preparation meets opportunity. When it comes to passing job interviews, you need to stop believing in luck and start preparing by following the job interview tips we shared.
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