Effective Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Unfortunately, for many job applicants, they decide to either “wing it” during the interview process or allow their nerves and lack of preparation to take them out of the running for the position. Fortunately, for these applicants there is still hope. The following tips are intended to make your next interview a successful one.

Tip 1- Confidence:  One of the best ways to project confidence during a job interview is practice your answers ahead of time. The more time you have to reflect on your answers also allows you to become more comfortable in knowing what you are going to say.  This in turns allows you to become more passionate about what you are saying because you know what direction the conversation is going and you are able to guide the interviewer and show them your strengths as an applicant. 

Tip 2- Research: It is important to remember that the interview process is just as much about the company as it is about the candidate. Before you go into an interview, it is important to do as much research as possible about the company (i.e. – their products, services, and recent developments). Recruiters are often surprised at the number of candidates who have failed to even look up the most basic of information such as the company website before the interview. By being able to show that you are well informed about the company you are demonstrating that not only do you want to be part of the organization, but more importantly, that they were important enough for you to take time to learn about them.

Tip 3- Know your Strengths:  The interviewer’s primary purpose during the job interview is to figure out if you are the right candidate for the job.  They will know if you do not tell them. An interview process should be your time to show what makes you the right person for the job. A candidate should always have some examples ready to show what transferable skills that they can bring to the position that will serve as an asset for the company.

Tip 4- Maintain Honesty: When it comes to getting hired, employers still value honestly and professionalism. During the interview process, you should never lie about your experience or background. Not only does this raise the employer’s expectations of the candidate, but this can damage a candidate’s professional reputation if they are found to be less than truthful.

By putting these tips into practice, you will be well on your way to not only a successful interview, but a position.

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