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How to nail an interview – ten simple tips for job seekers

Interviewing with confidence, making a great impression on the hiring managers, and signing a coveted job contract at the end.

Is it easy? Is it difficult? The following ten tips should help you to make it happen. Let’s go!

 

1. Bang on time

Check Google maps and plan your journey to the place. Do not rely on the last possible tram, or on a speed of your car and your driving skills. Plan the way so you will reach the place of the interview at least twenty minutes before the scheduled meeting. If you were late, they would not hire you. They might not even let you in…

 

2. Dress for success

Choose the clothes that tell them who you are, clothes you feel good wearing, comfortable clothes. Visually appealing and professional–the words to remember when choosing your interview attire. Read the article for more advanced tips on the choice of your clothes.

 

3. Bring rather more than less

Do you have a work portfolio? What about references from your past employers? Do you have them? Most candidates bring nothing to the interview with them.

Try to do more, the interviewers will always appreciate the “do more attitude”. The bare minimum to bring is your resume, cover letter, and job application. Do not rely on them to print the documents. You are the one who should bring them.

 

4. Focus on their words

Leave your problems and doubts at home. Turn your cell phone off when you enter the room, there is no need to get distracted. This is your day, your hour of success. You are going to do great, but you will need every single bit of your concentration. Do not allow anyone or anything to take it away from you…

 

5. Smile, smile .. and smile

Smile is like a flu. If you smile when talking to other people, they won’t help their smiles. And you want the recruiters to smile, don’t you?

With smile everything goes easier. Job interview is no exception. So leave your bad mood at home. When life’s not at stake, nothing is. Show them that you are enthusiastic about life and your future. Show them your smile!

And when things do not pan out, keep smiling. You learned something, you met someone interesting, and you improved your interviewing skills. If not this time, they will hire you in the next one…

 

6. Motivation, determination, enthusiasm

That’s exactly what the interviewers want to see in you, want to hear in you, want to feel while talking to you. Your strong determination to get the job–and to do it well, your motivation to grow professionally and to try your best in work, and your enthusiasm for their offer, their company, and for life in general.

Corporations are full of tired and negative people who keep complaining and arguing. Stay positive and determined, and get the job.

 

7. Ask relevant questions

Ask about the company culture, ask them about the goals and vision they have, ask them about their future–or even about your future–the next steps of the hiring process. A good question can help you to succeed in the interview, while a bad one can jeopardize your chances to succeed. Learn more about good and bad questions in this article. Job interview should not be a monologue. Make from it a great dialogue!

 

8. Show them your uniqueness

You can easily get lost in the crowd of people (or in a pile of job applications), if you imitate someone. Try to do something special, stand out–in a positive way.

You can stand out with your interview answers, with your work portfolio, with your communication, with anything else you say and do in an interview. Stand out so they will remember you once the interview session ends.

 

9. Be who you are

Try to be yourself in an interview. You do not have to reveal all your weaknesses, but admitting that you are a human being and make mistakes will definitely help you at the end.

Good interviewer will easily spot a lie, and you should not risk to lose your credibility in their eyes. At the end of the day, interview is a sales talk, and you should try to sell your skills and abilities. But remember that humility is a highly sought attribute on the job market…

 

10. Do not forget to follow it up

Your work hasn’t finished once you leave the meeting with the employer. Send them a follow up letter, or make a follow up call to ensure you did your best to get the job. Every little detail can make a difference at the end. Sending them a follow-up email will take just a few minutes of your time, and you should always do it.

 

Still want to read more? Here you go!

  • 15 most common interview questions and answers – Why should we hire you? What motivates you in work? Why do you want to leave your present job? Learn how to answer the most common questions.
  • Job interview etiquette – Regardless of your approach to the interviews, and your strategy in the meetings with the employers, certain borders should not be crossed.
  • What job is right for me? – Not sure what you want to do in life? Struggling in your present occupation. Our simple step by step guide will help you to discover your true calling. It is time to get a job you will enjoy doing, job that will bring you joy.

 

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