Job interviewing never seems to get any easier as the days go by – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count, an interview can always be tricky. You are always meeting new people, having to sell yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. And, you have to stay upbeat and enthusiastic throughout each interview.
Listed below are a few tips and tricks to nail the interview –
- Research about the company
Do your homework about the employer and the industry. Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions. Know the interviewer’s name, and use it during the job interview.
2. Be on time – even better if your’re early
Be on time for the interview. On time means reaching at least five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Give yourself a few extra minutes to visit the rest room, check your outfit, and calm your nerves.
3. Be calm
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Remember that your body language says much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence.
4. Dress well
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 under. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
5. Be confident, focused and candid
The key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions. Always attempt to keep your interview responses short and to the point, o matter how much an interviewer might bait you, never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker.
6. Be aware of your body language
Effective forms of body language are said to include smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, and nodding. Detrimental forms of body language include slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with a pen, fidgeting in a chair, brushing back your hair, touching your face, chewing gum, or mumbling.
7. Use appropriate language
It’s a given that you should use professional language during your interview. Be aware of any slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation—these topics could send you out the door very quickly.
8. Don’t be too cocky
Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There has to be a fine balance between confidence and professionalism and. Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is actually very bad, if not worse.