Opinion: 10 Tips for job interviews

by Kelsey Krosskove, Staff Writer 654 views0

1. Prepare

Don’t go into an interview blindly.  Research the business and position you are applying for.  The more you know, the better you will feel when walking into the interview.  Educate yourself on the job’s requirements and responsibilities and relate you’re past experiences to the skills needed to complete the job effectively.  It is best to prepare examples and past experiences to show the interviewer you are the best person for the job.

 2. Be On Time

Nothing is worse than showing up to a job interview late and frazzled because you felt rushed.  Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and plan accordingly.  Traffic can hinder your travels and the lack of parking can leave you pressed for time.  Try to show up around 15 minutes early in order to have a moment to your self, otherwise known as the pre-beat.  During your pre-beat, organize your thoughts and go over key points you wish to bring up in the interview.

3. Calm Yourself

The interview process can be a nerve-racking experience and consist of you worrying about saying the right thing in order to impress the interviewer.  The interviewer isn’t looking for a certain answer.  They are looking to find out more about you and your work ethics. Get out of you head and don’t worry about what the interviewer thinks of you so much.  Be your natural self and answer the questions simply and concisely.  Take a deep breath and show who you are and your best qualities will shine through.

4. Show Don’t Tell

Everyone will come into a job interview claiming they are hard working and responsible.  In order to climb above the rest of the applicants, provide examples of your past work in order to show the interviewer your skills.  It is one thing to tell the interviewer what your skills are but it is another thing to show them the quality of your work.

5. Dress Appropriately

When you go on your interview you want to look put together because it reflects your personality.  Someone who comes in looking disheveled will appear unorganized and unfit for the position.  But if you come in well groomed and wearing the appropriate clothing, you will look like a responsible and efficient employee.  So invest in a designated professional outfit so you appear ready for the job.

6. Practice

The question everyone loathes, “tell me about yourself,” is so broad that your mind wanders to many different places as you try to figure out where to begin and which path to take.  Prepare for these questions for they are inevitable. Figure out the best way to answer these questions while covering all your points and segway into topics you wish to discuss. Practice makes perfect.

7. Don’t be afraid to make small talk

Don’t feel like it is all business all the time.  People have lives outside of work and it is okay to discuss family or other aspects from your personal lives.  It will take the edge off the interview and you will feel more comfortable with answering the pressing questions later on in the interview.  However, try not to brown nose for the sake of winning over the interviewer.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

By asking questions about the job, you will show interest in the company.  However, be sure to ask good questions instead of questions with obvious answers.

9. Avoid Slang

Show that you are a good communicator by speaking formally and avoiding slang.

10.  Follow Up

Send the interviewer a thank you note along with other personal touches.  Express your gratitude for the interviewer’s time along with any other elements you see fit.

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