10 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

SHaking hands in a job interview

Interviews can be very stressful. A good interview can mean the difference between getting that job or not.

Here are ten tips to help you have a successful interview.

  1. Research the company that you are interviewing with. This reasserts that you are interested in working for them and serious about the job you are applying for.
  2. Come up with a short list of questions to ask the interviewer. Again this shows your interest. It also aids with conversation and allows you some control in the interview.
  3. Review your resume and know your work history. That way you won’t be fumbling when an employer asks you about specific information listed in your resume.
  4. Listen to the interviewer. This will help you to not be distracted during the interview.
  5. Stay focused and calm. Just be yourself. If you’re not a fit for the company, then they’re probably not a fit for you and you wouldn’t enjoy working for them. If nothing else, you had a learning experience.
  6. Engage in conversation. This can help to calm your nerves and show how personable you can be.
  7. Have friends and family help you to practice interviewing. Being prepared can only help you. Practicing can build your confidence and make you more relaxed.
  8. Dress for success. This will make a good impression and can make the difference between being hired or not.
  9. If you have contacts at the company you are applying with, use them. This can help you build rapport with the employer. Sometimes it is who, not what, you know.
  10. Take the time to send a thank you letter after your interview. This reaffirms your seriousness in working for the company. And it’s just polite.

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