Landing a perfect job is a big deal. One of the most important parts of a successful job search is doing well during the interview process. Without a doubt, the interview step is when many job seekers feel most nervous or confused. While this is common, and even the most experienced employees often get nervous at this stage, there are ways to make this easier, and to help you stand out during your interview. Read below to see how you can ace your next job interview.
- Do Your Research
Never go to an interview without knowledge of the company at which you are interviewing. You should gather as much information as possible about company history as well as current happenings at the employer. It will give you a basis from which to ask intelligent questions and make a good first impression.
- Study Your Resume
Because you resume is at the interviewer’s disposal, you should know you resume well and be able to explain or answer any questions about its content. This includes any skills, experience, or other details listed. Knowing this information well will save you from stammering or making a bad impression. Take time before your interview to study your resume in depth, anticipating questions you may be asked about the resume’s content, as well strategizing about your strengths and weaknesses. This is also a good time to focus on which skills and experiences are the best fit for the job, to plan what you should highlight during your interview.
- Know The Job Description
Familiarize yourself with the specific job description to help you understand exactly what the interviewer is looking for. This is useful in predicting the type of questions you might be asked, as well as the general topics the interview will likely include. Studying the job description will ensure smooth conversation and help you avoid gaps and pauses when answering interview questions.
- Display Your Skills With Concrete Examples
Specific examples are the best way to demonstrate your experience. Simply telling an interviewer that you have certain knowledge or skills does not have as a great an effect as giving an example of how you have applied that knowledge or skill in the workplace. Elaborating on details and experience will prove your expertise as well as that you are truly a hardworking individual. Without strong examples or specific explanations, they might not fully grasp your accomplishments.
- Prepare An Interview Tool Kit
Being prepared for your interview is the best way to ace it. Putting together a “job interview kit” can serve as an effective interview strategy. You should include ample copies of your resume in your kit, as well as other items you might needs such as directions to the office, a bottle of water, eye drops, pens, mints, and a notepad. Put the copies of your resume in a neat folder and keep the other items in a small bag in your car.
- Be Prepared
There is usually only one chance to answer a question. This is why it is vital to invest a decent amount of time and effort preparing for your interview. We have all heard the saying, “There’s never a second chance to make a first impression.”
- Make Eye Contact
Making eye contact is one of the strongest and most essential tactics to show both your confidence and your ability to handle yourself in any situation. Confidence and self-esteem are qualities employers look for in employees, and maintaining eye contact with the interviewer will show you have what they are looking for in this regard. .
- Body Language
Body language is a non-verbal communication that can play an important role in depicting your personality and emotions. Body language and mannerisms communicates your mental state, your confidence, and if you are nervous, relaxed or confused. Effective body language can help a potential employer decide if you are the best match for the job. Try to use gestures and other positive body language during your interview, but don’t take it too far as too many hand gestures can be distracting. Keeping your palms open or fingers pressed shows sincerity and confidence.
- Be Yourself
It’s always best to behave as you truly are. Just because you need to match the job criteria to be the best fit for it, changing who you are to be someone you “think” the employer is looking for is not the right choice.. Pretending to be someone else won’t make you any better of a fit. So skip the impersonating and just be yourself.
- Follow Up Quickly
When you’re done with your interview, be sure to send an email to interviewer thanking them for their time and the opportunity.