10 Tips for Nailing Your Next Interview
Updated: Mar 29, 2021
Interviews are one step closer to getting hired, so the impression you make is quite important in determining whether or not you are the right fit for the job. Thirty minutes can seem incredibly long and stressful when you don't know what to expect from your meeting. But don't worry- We can help you feel more prepared and gain enough confidence to win over your interviewer. Here are 10 interview tips that can help you get hired:
1. Research the Company
Look up the company online and get familiar with its mission and values. Go on their social media and check their history. This way you will see how your professional background fits in with the requirements of the position, as well as the company's spirit.
2. Practice Your Answers
While two interviews will never be exactly the same, there are some popular questions you can expect to come up with. Preparing your answers to these common questions will enhance the chances of giving off a great impression. On top of that, when you know what to expect, you can reduce the amount of stress and anxiety and go into the interview more confident and relaxed. Some of the questions you can expect to come up are: • What can you tell me about yourself? • What motives you? • What are your strengths/weaknesses? • Where do you see yourself in five years? • Why are you the right person for this job?
3. Listen Carefully
It is important to fully understand the questions you are asked. This means you have to actively listen to your interviewer. Direct your attention toward the person in front of you, be as attentive as you can. Make sure you understand the information the interviewer needs to hear. Be and clear and precise in your answer.
4. Exemplify Your Skills
An answer may seem empty or incomplete without examples. Before the interview, think of your top skills and come up with examples in your previous experience that could highlight them. Similarly, after analysing the company's values, see what skills are important to them and think about how you can best illustrate your talent.
5. Prepare Your Own Questions
Interviews are a two-way street, you are here to both answer and ask questions. Interviewers expect you to be interested in the company, in the position you are applying for. Here are some examples of questions you can ask: • Can you give me more details about the responsibilities of this job? • How will my performance be measured? • What are the current challenges of this role? • How would you describe a person which is successful in this position? • Can you show me an example of a project I would be working on? • What are the current goals of the company and how can my role help in the process of achieving them?
6. Get Ready on Time
Don't choose your outfit the morning of the interview. Think about your entire attire the night before so you don't waste time during the day. Choose an outfit that is neat and appropriate for the firm you are interviewing at. Plan how you want to style your hair, what you will have for breakfast, and set your agenda for the day. This will leave more room for you to prepare mentally for the interview instead of stressing over small things.
7. Arrive On Time
When it comes to interviews, being on time usually means arriving 1-2 minutes earlier. If you need to, take a test to check if the link for your virtual interview is working. In case you need to install any app to take the virtual interview or make sure your microphone and camera are working can help you prepare alternate routes in cases of unexpected delays. Once you are all set, you can use this extra time to analyse the online dynamics of the workplace.
8. Body Language is Important
Did you know that 93% of communication is non-verbal? Before the interview, ask a friend to tag along so you can practice your body language beforehand. Once you are prepared, you will notice that you naturally exude more confidence. So keep this in mind during the interview: • Maintain eye contact during the conversation. • Avoid interrupting the interviewer mid-question. • Try to control your hand movement by making subtle gestures. • It is okay to take some time to answer a question. Being quiet for a few seconds is better than mumbling or giving the usual “ums”. • Avoid touching your face, as this may signal that you are being dishonest or untrustworthy.
9. Be Honest
Interviewers are looking for authenticity, they seek people who are open and trustworthy. Share your experiences and be open about your past. Interviewers will find this refreshing and admirable. While it might seem tempting to exaggerate your qualities at times, keep in mind that the truth will reach the surface sooner or later. Focus on the key strengths that make you uniquely qualified for the role.
10. Follow Up After the Interview
Follow up with a thank-you note after the interview. This will reinforce your interest in the position you have applied for. A Robert Half survey shows that 80% of hiring managers found this practice helpful and appreciated the gesture. You can send this note via email the same day or the next morning, depending on the time of the day you had the interview.
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