Six Ways To Nail Down That Job Interview

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One of the most intimidating things that anyone can do is go for a job interview. Sitting in front of someone – or worse, more than one someone – to talk about yourself? Well, that’s just about as much “nope” as anyone can cope with for one day. It makes us nervous, and it puts us in a position of panic. However, an interview is simply a one to one meeting with someone who is interested in your skills.

That’s it.

They want you to come and do a job for them, and if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have asked you to go for a meeting in the first place. Being successful comes down to a variety of factors, but you must remember that they saw something impressive enough in your work history. Now? Now, it’s up to you.

Your personality is going to cinch it, and it’s going to come down to your behavior, your attitude, and whether you have the charisma to fit into their office environment.

Before we go into what you can do to nail down that job interview, let’s look at the things you should not do:

What NOT To Do

There are several things that you should avoid doing when you head to a job interview, as these can make or break whether you get the response that you want from the employer. These include:

  • Never, ever, ever be late. Ever. What kind of impression are you going to give someone if you are going to waste their time from the first half an hour? We know that public transport could be late, but you should account for this before you set off. It’s better to be an hour too early than five minutes late!
  • Get your phone on silent – or better yet, turn it off! Your phone is your life, we know, but it doesn’t need to announce itself to the world during a job interview. 
  • Avoid using slang – You may have a strong Patois while you’re at home, with slang flying from your mouth every other word. This, however, is a professional environment, and you should treat it as such. Articulate your thoughts correctly during the interview and try not to slip into slang while you do it.
  • Never speak negatively about previous employers. It doesn’t matter whether you were mistreated and are waiting on a call from the experts on worker’s compensation law. The smartest answer that you can give about leaving previous jobs is that you were looking to do better, and you feel you reached your ceiling elsewhere.
  • Try not to be too confident. There must be a balance between confidence and overconfidence, as one comes off as arrogant. This is not the look you want to go for in a job interview.
  • Lastly, dress correctly for the interview. It doesn’t matter whether you are interviewing for a job flipping burgers, professionalism is professionalism, and you need to show that you have it!

What To Do To Nail It!

Now we’ve talked about what not to do, let’s look at six ways you can nail this job interview!

Start With Your Resume

Before you’ve even got to the interview, you need to go through your resume carefully and know precisely what you’ve written. It should be easy to read, condensed to a page or two at the very most, and it should be grammatically correct.

The last thing that you want is for anyone to read your resume and think that you’re illiterate!

Always Do Your Research

When you are heading to an interview, you need to do your research about the company, the person/people interviewing you, and know what their position is in the industry you are looking at. Never go in unprepared because they WILL ask you about what you know about them. So, show off a little. Congratulate your interviewer on that award they won. Be impressive

Wear It Well

As we said, never dress down for an interview.

It would help if you had your interview clothes to be spotless. No specks of crumbs or splashes of coffee need to be shared on your outfit. Instead, you need to show up looking professional and show off your ability to dress to impress. They want to know that you care about this job, and your attitude to your outfit will prove it.

Know Your Body Language

Where possible, do some research about positive body language.

You want to look confident, and a big part of that is going to be in the way you sit. You want to sit upright, uncross your arms and legs, and remain relaxed. Calm, cool, and collected body language impresses the interviewers, where fidgeting and moving continually tells them that you’re unable to handle the pressure of the interview.

Maintain Eye Contact

Averting your eyes during an interview serves to make you look shifty.

It shows them that you’re not concentrating or interested in what they have to say. Maintaining eye contact will make a big difference in the way that you project yourself. You want the interviewer to see that you are interested in this role, not darting your eyes everywhere to avoid looking at them in the first place!

Know the Job Role

It would be best if you never headed to a job interview without an in-depth knowledge of the role.

The job description should be burned into your brain, and you should make sure you know it backward. This way, you can impress the interviewers with your superior knowledge of how you plan to smash this role. It would help if you showed that you understand the position itself, but you should do what you can to show them how you are the best person for this position.

A job interview is not just the chance for you to interview for a role, but for you to interview the company, too. You’re interviewing them just as much, and they need to impress you, also. Make your interview count, and you’ll have an excellent start to 2020!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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