Your CV wowed your potential employer, you landed an interview, and now you must ace it to land the job. Interviews might be scary, but in the end, being well prepared, likable, and confident are the keys to success.
The following are our top recommendations for acing a job interview:
- More Knowledge Equals More Self-Assurance
Learn about the company’s mission, accomplishments, and landmarks. Profiles about the industry, the competition, and the person you’re interviewing are just as important to read as profiles about the industry, the competition, and the person you’re interviewing with. You will feel more empowered and confident as you gain more knowledge.
- Put on the Appropriate Attire
Interview attire should always be professional, comfortable, and confident-inspiring. Before deciding on what to wear, learn about the company culture and how people dress. You can get the best formal clothing items from sites like Shopify. Also, if you’ve never worn a suit before and want to wear one for the interview, practice wearing one beforehand. Before you leave the house, shine your shoes and make sure they don’t cause you any blisters.
- Be Truthful
There’s no need to panic if your resume contains gaps or detours. After all, you received an interview, so they definitely liked your profile and want to learn more about you. Explain what you learned during that time off and how it will help you in the position you’re applying for; even a period of unemployment can be converted into an advantage if you use it to grow yourself in some way and keep looking for work.
- Get a Handle on the Warm-Up Questions
You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be asked to tell the interviewer about yourself, why you think you should be hired, and what your professional aspirations are. Practice your responses without sounding like a broken record. When asked to talk about yourself, don’t just memorize your CV and read it aloud. Because your interviewer is likely to have it in front of them, it’s a good idea to use it as a reference point and to mention major events or points when appropriate; just make sure your replies always add something fascinating to the tale your CV already tells.
- Prepare Yourself for the Difficult Questions
Why don’t you share your flaws with me? With difficult questions like these, here’s how to get bonus points: Choose a flaw and gracefully transform it into a job-related strength. “I’m a little impatient, but it’s just because I prefer to finish jobs on time and avoid disrupting the entire team’s workflow.” The most important thing is, to be honest, and never say, “I have no flaws.”
- Recognize When it’s Appropriate to Request a Time-Out
Take a deep breath and ask confidently and calmly whether you can return to the question later if you don’t know the answer to a question or if you’re feeling nervous. Don’t go on and on, and don’t exhibit any signs of panic. It’s far preferable to gain confidence with several other (easier) questions before moving on to this more difficult one.
Best of luck! We’ll be crossing our fingers for you!