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Landing the Job: 5 Tips to Ace Your Interview

Landing the Job: 5 Tips to Ace Your Interview

Job interviews are something that every professional has to do at some point in their career. Many people do not enjoy them and find them anxiety-inducing. Even if you don’t mind interviews, you might feel afterwards that you made a mistake and wish you had said something different. Let’s face it: interviews aren’t easy. But with a little knowledge and some useful skills, you can ace that interview. Here are 5 vital tips for doing your very best.

Be prepared

There are some effective things you can do to be prepared for the daunting task of a job interview. Being prepared means doing a little homework ahead of time. Researching the company you’re applying to is a great step. Learn something about them and something about the nature of the job. Read about the company and its values, mission, and focus. Talk to people who have worked in similar jobs. This preparation will help you feel confident and ready. Do some digging, and you won’t be caught unprepared when the interviewer asks you about your desire to work for his organisation.

Be yourself

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Remember that an interview is not a one way street. Although it may seem that the interviewer has all the power, why not consider that the interview is also a way for you to decide if the job is right for you? See what kind of vibe you get from the interviewer. Ask relevant questions about the job and its related duties and expectations. Be honest with yourself and with the interviewer about what you are looking for in a work experience, and what your capabilities are. Being fully engaged in your professional future also serves to help you shine in the interview process.

Be your best self

From the moment you walk in the door for the interview, you are on display. Are you the type of employee this company (or any company) would want? Be YOU, but at your very best. Arriving on time is a must. In fact, try to get there a few minutes early to calm your nerves and show initiative. Be polite and well spoken. Showcase yourself as a responsible, mature, and amicable individual; the interviewer should feel they want to work with you. Maintain professionalism throughout the entire interview. If you had a previous boss whom you hated, refrain from dragging his or her name through the mud. Don’t say anything negative or unkind. The perception is likely to be that you have a poor attitude or are confrontational. Overall, your job interview should highlight you as a capable and pleasant individual with much to offer: someone YOU would want to hire.

Be the best candidate for the job

Not only do you want to be the best version of yourself, you also must present yourself as the best candidate for the job. The interview will invariably lead to a point where you are asked why you feel the company should hire you. This is where you are allowed to brag (a little). Tell the interviewer exactly why you would be an outstanding choice for this role. Tell them about any previous experience that relates to the position, and share your best qualities: those that they would like to see in an employee. Qualities which employees especially desire include a willingness to learn, working well with others, trustworthiness, and dependability. You should also prepare an example from your past work experience or education that can highlight your skills and attributes.

Practice for the interview

One of the best ways to be prepared for an interview is to do several practice interviews with your parents, friends, or mentors. Let the friend pretend to be an employer and ask you some serious questions about yourself and why you would be a good employee. Some typical questions interviewers might ask are: “Tell me about a time in your life when you were faced with a problem, and how did you solve it?”  or “What is your best (or worst) quality?” Keep in mind that your worst quality shouldn’t be something truly negative. A good answer is a trait that is perceived as slightly negative, but essentially positive. For example, you might say, “My worst quality is that I can be too hard on myself.”  Take a deep breath and give some honest thought to your answers.

The real practice does indeed make perfect

So there you have them: 5 essential tips for acing a job interview. Remember to be prepared and stay relaxed. The interviewer knows you are nervous, but remaining poised and handling yourself gracefully is half the battle. Every interview provides additional experience for public speaking, self presentation, and professionalism. The more you interview, the better you’ll get, and eventually, one of these interviews will land you the position you want!

Published by: LMIT