5 Tips On How To Nail An Interview

1. Do Your Homework
Find out as much as you can about the company and the people who run it. Review past press releases, new hire announcements, notable events they’ve hosted, nonprofits they support, etc., and make a cheat sheet of the most important or interesting points. The goal is to be able to speak on the company as if you’re an expert on them (even if you just Googled them yesterday), which demonstrates you are already invested in their business and their continued success. Ask about upcoming goals, milestones and plans for expansion to show your interviewer you are thinking about the future of the company and your role in their growth.

2. Know the position you are applying for

If you can get your hands on one, study the job description to truly understand what the company is looking for. If the job description calls for leading a team, tailor your answers accordingly. Knowing this, you can navigate the interview and discuss examples from previous jobs that will exemplify this trait. Do this for all significant traits or qualities that you identify in the job description. This is one of the easiest ways to nail your job interview.

3Practice

This is just so important. Recruit your friends, family and your mirror and start practicing answering those questions. You don’t want to sound rehearsed in the interview, so mix up the questions and the answers a little bit each time. Your goal for practicing is to make sure you’re comfortable with any question that could be thrown at you.

As you practice, you shouldn’t just focus on the content of the questions, you should also concentrate on your body language. This is what the mirror is for. You need to practice making eye contact, holding your head up, and using your body to show you’re interested in the position. If you find you’re slumping, crossing your arms or looking down a lot, stop immediately and reposition yourself so that you are sitting straight with arms uncrossed.

4. Interview Your Interviewer

No matter how badly you may think you want the job, or how amazing the position sounds on paper, keep in mind that the interview process is a time for both company and candidate to feel the other out and see if it is a good fit. How much of a time commitment does it involve? What are their specific expectations of you, and do these expectations fit into your lifestyle and life goals? How about job growth and future opportunities? When you ask questions about expectations, job mobility, and job environment, it shows that you value yourself and your time, and that you’re looking for a mutually beneficial partnership.

5. Be Confident

You can be the best candidate in the world, but if you look like you feel like running out the door, the interviewer may leave the interview thinking you’re not going to be a good fit. You’ve got to project confidence.

But confidence comes in many shapes and sizes. You need to select the right type of confidence for the position you’re seeking. If you’re looking for a sales position, you need to project the image that you are outgoing and friendly. If you’re looking for an inside auditing position at a very conservative company, your mannerisms should also be on the conservative side. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, but you do need to confidently fit the position you’re seeking.

 

You’ve got this. You’re ready. Now, go get ‘em, Tiger!

Good Luck!



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