Last updated on January 10th, 2020 at 03:21 pm

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 neither a question of luck, nor a question of education or your previous working experience.

Whether you ace your interview depends mostly on whether you understand what matters in the meeting with the employer. You should learn what the interviewers want to hear from a perfect candidate from the job, and how to make a good impression on them.

At the end of the day, job interview does not differ to any other oral exam: you can prepare for it in advance, and improve your chances of passing the test with flying colors (and with a new job contract waiting for you).

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 on their interviewing skills and qualities, you should not bother with that.

You should focus only on things that you can influence. We will have a look at them right now, in our step-by-step guide on how to ace a job interview.


1. Step – Perfect interview preparation.

Prepare mentally, prepare 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 and what happens in them, 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, and to learn how to impress your interviewers.


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 got the best jobs are gone.

The same is true about people with highest education, those who have the most prestigious diplomas. While a degree and a diploma can help you, they are not decisive in the interviews. Not anymore.

Emotional intelligence is the real deal today.

Do you know how to win your interviewers over? How to make them to feel good with you? How to connect with them, on a profoundly personal level?

Can you read their expectations in a course of an interview, and adjust your answers so they’d meet these expectations?

Once you improve on your soft skills, getting a job of your choice will become much easier. Purchase some books that will help you with your communication skills, and work on your listening skills. Try to liberate yourself of your ego, to be free to truly listen to, and to understand another person.

That’s the only state of mind that can lead you to a higher emotional intelligence.


3. Step – Follow up your interview

Most people believe that once they leave the interview room, there is nothing more they can do. They just go home and wait for the employer to give them a call (or to not give them one, which is most often the case).

However, your success (or failure) in an interview starts in a moment of composing your first job application, and ends no earlier than after a follow-up letter, or call. Check our interview follow-up section to understand how to write a great letter, and send one to the employer after every interview you go to.


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

An interview coach talks to his pupil about the success in a job interviewMany job seekers waste their time applying and interviewing for jobs they cannot realistically get (at least not in a present period of their professional career).

You should realistically evaluate your experience, education, and skills, and apply for jobs you can realistically 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.

Unless you really want the job (and not only need one), the interviewers won’t see the enthusiasm in your answers. And in such a case they won’t hire you.

Choosing a job you’d enjoy doing, and can realistically get, is actually the first step in a process of acing an interview…


5. Every detail counts

More often than not, you will compete with other people for the job. Some of them will be older than you, some of them will have more experience, or a better education.

Nevertheless, you can still outclass them. You just have to understand all parts of the equation, and get everything right, each part of the puzzle. One of them is choosing the right clothes for the meeting with the employer. Another one is to show the right emotions in the interview, the non verbal communication.

Then we have the documents, your job application, resume, or perhaps even your work portfolio–an ace in your sleeve that alone can secure you a job contract, if we talk about technical jobs. Do not underestimate anything in the meeting with the employer.


6. Believe and succeed

illustratuion of success in an interview. Everyone is happy, people shake hands and smile at each other.Last but not least, you should truly believe that you will succeed. Set your mind the right way. Repeat to yourself (in a quiet voice, or even in a loud one) that you will make it, that you will impress the HR managers and sign a new job contract.

Confidence can do wonders for you. If nothing else, it will liberate you from anxiety, and help you to deliver your very best on a big day.

Who cares what the others think or say about you? You know the best. You can succeed. Believe in it, and make it happen…


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