7 Tips to Ace a Job Interview
The job interview can be a stressful time. The process can feel drawn-out and intimidating. However, there are a lot of things that a candidate can do in order to prepare a head of time that will alleviate a lot of the stress. Here are 7 tips to help you in your next job interview.
1. Do research on the company
Check out the company website, LinkedIn, or just do a Google search. Always try to learn as much as possible about the company’s industry.
2. Clean up your resume
Having a resume that is well written and up-do-date will help a candidate during the job interview. Make sure there are no spelling errors or weird formatting. Also be sure to have a fresh copy of your resume handy.
3. Nail the first impression
Mind your manners and make sure you dress appropriately. Dressing too casual or too formal is a complete turn off or can make you look like you’re trying too hard. Looking professional helps your self-esteem as well. Confidence is key in order to ace an interview.
4. Prepare questions
Anticipate questions that the interviewer will ask ahead of time to be prepared. For example, they might ask what is your biggest weakness or strength. What element do you bring to the position? Try to have an idea on how you would answer things so you’re not stumbling or filling time with filler words. Also make sure that you have a few questions lined up to ask as well.
5. Project enthusiasm for the position
Show the interviewer that you are interested in the position and let them know why.
6. Be on time
Your first impression starts the second you walk through the door. Make sure that you know exactly how to get to the interview and that you are not late for the interview.
7. Speak honestly, but positively
Future employers can spot fake a mile away and it doesn’t leave a good impression as they truly want to know what you’re able to bring to the table. Make sure that you speak honestly about what you can and can’t do while also talking about yourself in a positive manner. Also be sure you’re not criticizing your current/former employer or co-workers.