An ace, a playing card, illustration of acing an interview. We can see ace of spades on the pictureSuccess or failure in an interview is not a question of luck. It is neither a question of education, or your previous working experience.

Whether you ace your interview depends mostly on whether you understand what matters in this meeting, what the interviewers want to hear from you, and how to make a good impression on them.

Job interview is like any other oral exam: you can prepare for it in advance and improve your chances of passing it.

Though your chances depend also on a few factors you cannot influence, for example the number of other people who compete with you for the job and their interviewing skills, but you should not bother with that. You should focus on things you can influence. We will have a look at them right now, in our step-by-step guide on how to ace an interview.

 

1. Step – Perfect interview preparation.

Prepare mentally, physically, research about the company, check the most common interview questions, practice your answers with a friend. Practice makes perfect, practice helps us to get rid of stress. The more you know about the employer and the better you understand the interviews, the less stress you will experience on a big day. You can check our interview preparation guide to understand how to prepare for an interview, or our Interview Success Package to see great answers to all common interview questions.

 

Job interview, three interviewers, all female, one of them of Asian origin, are listening to a job candidate, another woman.2. Step – Try to improve on your soft skills

Old times when people with the highest IQ, or with the best education and experience, were getting the jobs are gone and forgotten. Emotional intelligence is what matters in the interviews today.

Do you know how to win your interviewers over? How to make them feeling good with you? How to connect with them, on a personal level? Can you read their personality and expectations in a course of an interview, and adjusrt your answers accordingly? Once you improve on these skills, getting a job will be much easier for you.

 

3. Step – Follow up

Most people believe that once they leave the interview room, there is nothing more they can do. However, your success (or failure) in an interview starts in a moment of composing your first job application, and ends with a good follow-up letter or call. Check our interview follow-up section to understand how to do it in a right way.

 

4. Step – Choose the right job, one you can realistically get

Many job seekers waste their time applying and interviewing for jobs that they cannot realistically get (at least not in their current stage of career). You should consider your experience, education, and skills, and apply for jobs you can get.

What is more, you should try to get a job you will enjoy doing. You won’t be happy earning a lot of money while hating the nature of the job, and what is even more important, your enthusiasm and motivation play a role in every interview, and unless you really want the job, the interviewers won’t see the enthusiasm in you.

Choosing a job you’d enjoy doing, and can realistically get, is actually the first step towards a new job contract.

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