One of the most nerve racking parts of the job hunting process is the interview. It’s normal to be nervous in an interview, and often the best laid plans can fail you when you’re under pressure. So having a lot of helpful tips beforehand to give you every opportunity to secure that perfect job can only be a good thing.
Which is why I asked 35 experts that have experience conducting and attending interviews: “Can you share your top 3 interview tips that could help someone to get the job?”The result of this was this article with 30 job interview tips.
Having read them myself, I know for a fact there are a lot of great tips here. So if you are preparing for an interview or just want to sharpen up for future reference, read through this article and pick up some actionable tips for your next interview.
#01 Dress Properly
Look Fab. – If it works out, you are going to see a lot of each other, so show the interviewer some spark. That means clean, with-it clothing and a smiling face. Keep the sugar dripping from your morning coffee cup off your hands, look professional, but lose the sitting-on-the-subway stiffness and make your face and hair Oscar worthy, not just selfie ready.
Dress for Success – Alongside the body language, your dressing sense might be the first thing noticeable to the employer. Hence, keeping your attire according to the company culture would make things simple. Generally, dressing professionally and being well groomed is preferable. If things still seem unclear, you can always drop the recruiter a call and enquire about it.
Anshuman Kukreti Naukrigulf.comJulia Penny
Dress and behave like a professional. – This will both impress the interviewer and inspire self-confidence – confidence is a very attractive quality in a candidate. (note that I did not say over-confidence).
Dress to impress – You want the interviewer to hire you there on the spot. Research the organisation and wear clothes that fit perfectly.
Dress submissively. (wearing a cross helps)
#02 Ask Questions
Always bring a list of questions to ask at the end of the interview that you have prepared beforehand. – If you don’t, you will most likely forget what questions you have. Remember, you are interviewing the company to make sure it is the right fit for you too!
Prepare questions. – An interview is a conversation, and a hiring manager will expect you to have questions. Don’t ask “What will I be paid?” or “How many vacation days do I get?” in this first interview, but rather ask about the job’s duties, challenges and opportunities.
Ask questions. – Come with a list of questions that you can ask the company. This is much easier if you are prepared and research the company beforehand. This will also show that you have great interest in the company and the job you’re applying for.
Come with 2-3 really well-thought-out questions. – Don’t ask general questions about their company or the job you’re applying for. Instead, ask them about their main problems or issues, and how the person hired for this job can help alleviate those. Ask about a specific program they recently launched. Anything that gets you into a more in-depth conversation is ideal.
Brie Weiler Reynolds
Darcy Eikenberg RedCapeRevolution.com
Know the cultural characteristics you seek, and ask questions to help people describe it. – If you want a culture that embraces innovation and independent thinking, don’t ask “What’s the culture like?” Ask “What are some examples of how an individual can innovate here?” If they struggle with the answer, it’s likely not a common characteristic for them–and not the place you want to be if that’s a value that’s important for you.
Be a Spice Girl in the interview. – You don’t have to dress like them, just replicate the lyrics from Wannabe by knowing, “what you want, what you really really want.” and asking the employer what they want what they really really want.
Derrick Duplessy Purposerockstar.com
Ask questions that show you have done your homework For example, “I noticed on your website that you started X initiative what kind of challenges do you see for it in the future?”
Ask questions about your boss’ working style For example, “Tell me about Boss X’s communication style. Does he have a lot of meetings in person? Is he more of an email person? How does he like to get things done?” This will help you understand if your working style matches your boss. You can also plan to match your potential bosses working style.
Ask this question, “What do you think will be the biggest challenges to starting off quickly if you pick me for this role?” This will give some insight into the issues you will face on day 1. Also, it will show your employer that you are already thinking about preparing for day 1 with them.
Have a couple of questions ready to ask at the end of the interview to show your interest in the job/company.
HireGround Software Team
Make sure you’re asking questions too. – Taking a job is a serious commitment by both parties and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure you have your own questions about the company, the job, and your role inside of that. You should have a clear set of criteria about what makes something the right job for you, and ask questions so that you feel confident you’ll both be happy if you do get hired.
Ask insightful questions.
Ask smart questions. – Don’t ask “What’s your sick leave policy?” or “How many days vacation would I get?”. These questions communicate that you’re only interested in what’s in this for you. Even if that’s the case, you don’t need to let the interviewer know that! Instead ask questions that show you know something about the company and/or the industry. Something like “The industry has been growing really fast and obviously you have too – how has this affected this department?” will really show that you’ve done your research.
Ask Questions. – Too many people look at interviews as if they are on trial and should only answer, not ask. This is the wrong way to interview. You should ask the interviewer questions about the company and position to show you are truly interested. Here are a few you can use:
– What is the career path for someone starting in this position?
– What skills do people who are successful in this position typically have?
– I was reading about the company’s latest product launch “X”. What was this positions role in the success of the launch?
– I really enjoy learning new skills. Is there an opportunity to cross-train or join different projects in the future?
Ask powerful questions. – Sometimes asking a powerful question in an interview can mean more than anything else you say. It can show just how much you know about the role and company and thus make you stand out from the crowd. Think about what you’ve learned about the company so far, about what you may have read in the press about them – and think about what you may want to ask about this. What will deepen your understanding of the role/company and also show how embedded into their world you already are?
Ask questions – Asking questions gives the interviewer the impression you are curious and interested in the company. Before the interview write down questions and bring them with you. If you are nervous it’s ok to refer to your list during the interview. It just shows that you came prepared.
Tresha MorelandHR C-Suite
Do your homework. – Research the company, the industry and any top executives. Make sure you know about key issues and players.
Anita BruzzeseOnthejob.45things.comAnnMarie McIlwainCareerfuel.net
Be a Know it All. -Take a crash course on the company, its products and services, the people you will meet and the latest industry news. Using the skills of a stalker, dig into the company website, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook pages of your interviewer, etc. to see what you can learn. Imagine that you are already an employee and generate a list of some new ideas for the company and some insights about the competition. Then, work that knowledge in during the interview to convince the hiring manager that you can hit the ground running. Your conversation will be a lot more engaging if you have something meaningful to add and the interviewer will have some substantive reasons to take your candidacy forward.
Make Sure You’ve Carried Out Ample Research. – This might be the first thing any expert would advise you about. You need to be thorough with your homework about the employer and the company. Make sure you’re updated with the latest trends in the industry too. Being handy with ample information in these regards would definitely make you come across as a knowledgeable and sensible candidate.
Anshuman KukretiNaukrigulf.comBlake McCammonBlogging4jobs.com
Be prepared and do research. The #1 mistake job seekers make is not doing their homework. Research the company, learn their mission, values, and everything you can before interviewing. It’ll show in the interview that you’re really invested into working for the company
Do Some Independent Research Into The Company. – The amount of people who don’t spend some time independently researching into the company their interviewing for is staggering. Go beyond what you have learned from the job description and take a deeper look into the work they do. It will give you a better idea of the kind of skills your interviewers might be looking for and allows you to demonstrate your eagerness to land the position.
Brenda PriddyNumber-direct.co.ukCecilia BrattConsciouscareerist.com
Do informal research. Check the news, their Twitter feed, LinkedIn profiles of hiring manager to be up to speed with some recent company activities. An award the company has won, a milestone they have reached.. This will show that you actually follow the company and care about it, which goes a long way.
Research the company and position. – Don’t go into the interview blind. The interviewer will not be impressed if you don’t know what they do and that you just ‘needed a job’.
Always study the job requirements and be prepared to answer about your experience. – Make sure you are prepared for the job interview by researching about the company and the job position. Telling the recruiter you don’t know anything about their company will decrease your chances considerably.
Research – Research the prospective employer well in advance of the interview. Gather basic information, such as identifying the company’s products/services, the populations they serve, and the size of the organization. Then dig deeper, and find out who their competitors are, what their corporate culture is, and the relationship of the position to which you are applying has to the rest of the organization. Effective and accurate research is absolutely essential if you hope to align your skills and experiences to the needs of the employer.
Grace KutneySweetcareersconsulting.comHireGround Software TeamHireGroundJobs.com
First, make sure you’ve done your research on the company – What they do and why you want to work for them?
Do your homework – Before going into the interview, make sure you’ve thoroughly researched the company you’re applying with. Read the latest annual report. See what’s putting them in the news or at least their latest press releases. And then work some of this knowledge into your interview. You need to draw a line between the work you intend to for the company and their broader goals.
Jennifer GreshamEverydaybright.comLouise FletcherBlueskyresumes.com
Really research the company before you arrive. – Everyone says this but they don’t always mention that you should know not only about the company but about their industry. what challenges is the industry facing currently? Is the market growing or shrinking? Where does this company fit in? Even if you’re going for an entry-level position, knowledge is always power.
Know everything you can about the company before you show up. Know their products and their ambitions and their competitors. Understand their values and culture. Don’t parrot it back to them – they know it already – but use this background to show that you understand what they are going for and how they do it do it – and to show that that is just what you want to be a part of.
Michael PollockPollockspark.comMichael WadeExecupundit.com
Do your homework on the employer. – There is no excuse for not checking them out on the Internet. I’ve heard of people who don’t know what the organization does or have not read recent news articles on the organization.
Do your research. – We live in a time where information is abundant and interviewees should have not trouble finding information about the position as well as the company. So many times I would sit down to conduct an interview and find that I needed to explain in detail the job and the company prior to diving into the interview questions. Wasted time and energy that leaves a negative image.
Nancy HollandMy.jobsNisa ChitakasemPositionignition.com
Research and get as much insight into the interviewer and company circumstances as you can. – The more that you know about who’s interviewing you, how they got into their role, what the company is trying to do – and thus how your role may fit into this, the better. If you do your homework and take the time to really check out who you’ll be talking to, you will have more to talk to them about and will have a better chance of connecting with them. Take a look at their LinkedIn profile, talk to people who may know about the company, work there, have worked there, and have worked with the person about to interview you.
Be prepared. – Research the company in advance. Get to know what it is the company does, its mission and vision. In most cases you can find information about the company from its website. If you know who your interviewers are in advance, look up their profile on social networks such as Linkedin. Take with you extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a notebook and a pen.
Tresha MorelandHR C-Suite
Practice. – Have a friend or family member be the “pretend” interviewer and ask you questions. Videotape or record your responses and then review to see how you can improve.
Practice, practice, practice – Interviewing is very unusual; you probably don’t spend a lot of time talking about yourself in the way you’re expected to talk about yourself in an interview. So, it’s important that you get comfortable articulating your examples, linking them to the specific needs of the employer, and connecting them back to your strengths. Practice out loud, in front of a friend or career advisor, or on camera. Make sure you’re paying close attention to the clarity and relevance of your responses, and also observe your body language.
#05 Be Confident
Show confidence. You earned this interview. You should feel good and you want to let it show. So use a firm handshake and make eye contact. Choose confident wording and limit your use of filler words. Don’t be afraid to demonstrate your accomplishments. Adopt these interview behaviors and you’ll convince the hiring team that you can do the job.
Amy WolfgangWolfgangcareercoaching.comBryce ChristiansenMycareertopia.com
Confidence. – Remember you have the control here. Just as you have to win them over and show you’d be a great fit for the company, they also need to prove they are providing you a career and direction that is also a good fit for you. There’s a fine line between cockiness and confidence. Look interested, but not desperate. Look capable, but not overcompensating.
Confidence is a must. -Even if you have to fake it. If the interviewer senses your nervousness, they may mistake it for lack of confidence in your skills.
Be confident and honest about your experience and strengths. Give concise answers and prove potential employer that you are trustworthy.
#06 Be Yourself
Be yourself. – The people interviewing you are wondering if they will like working with you and if you’ll fit in with their culture. No matter how badly you want the job, neither you nor they will be very happy if you don’t fit with their culture. The right company will like you for who you are. Save yourself this trouble and don’t try to be what you think they want. Instead, be yourself.
Be yourself. – Yes, it’s important to be polite and express proper professional etiquette during interviews, but it’s also important to be yourself. Don’t try to “fake it ’til you make it” and pretend to be someone you’re not just to fit in with everyone else. If you land the job and you’re not a real fit within the culture, you’re going to be miserable.
Ariella CoombsCareerealism.comKarl StaibWorkhappynow.com
Don’t try to be perfect. – They want someone who cares about their work and they know no one is perfect.
Be real (be YOU, not who you think they want you to be)
Kirk BaumannCampus-to-career.comLaurence HebberdUndercover Recruiter
Be yourself. – They’re interviewing you because you’re you. Don’t try to be someone/something you’re not.
Be 100% you! – This tip may not help you get every job, but it will help you get a job that you will like at a place that you enjoy. If you are not genuine in an interview, then you risk looking like a phony. Even worse would be that they believe you and hire you for something with expectations than you can’t actually deliver on. If you do a good job of representing yourself accurately, then you will find an organization with a culture that you fit into.
Be yourself. – Show why you are the candidate they are looking for.
#07 Bring Your Best Self
HireGround Software TeamHireGroundJobs.com
It is all about attitude. – Be a positive, enthusiastic person who would make a great employee and co-worker. Interviews are about more than just showing you have the right skills, they are about making sure your personality and attitude fit within the company.
Bring your best self. – When we try to impress, sometimes we’re tempted to be someone we’re not, at least, not completely. Try to truly be yourself, though obviously the best version of yourself. Don’t make things up or feign interest. Be honest about what excites you about working there and how you think you would fit in. You don’t want them to hire the fake you, and then feel like you have to wear a mask to work if you get the job.
Jennifer GreshamEverydaybright.comTia SinghYourlifeyourway.net
Bring your best self forward with great energy + enthusiasm. – Show them that you’re not only qualified, but a proactive and positive employee.
#08 Know How To Sell Yourself
Present yourself well but not to the point where you are uncomfortable with the way you are dressed.
Know how to sell yourself. – Interviewees should spend time thinking about how their skills translate to the position they are applying for and prepare answers that reflect their level of experience. When asked about their past positions they should be able to relate what they did for a previous company to what they can do for the new company.
#09 Tell Stories
When answering questions, have specific examples ready to go that can demonstrate your skills and experiences. – You can tell them you are a great leader but then give them an example so they can really envision it.
Anna RunyanClassycareergirl.comBrie Weiler ReynoldsFlexJobs
Tell stories. – When you’re answering their questions, whether they ask you for an example or not, tell them a story that compliments your answer. The more stories or examples of you as a professional you can offer them, the clearer their picture will be of you working for their company.
Prepare a lot of examples. – Don’t just tell the employer what skills you have, (i.e. I’m a good communicator; I’m great at organizing; I can use technology). Give them concrete examples of how you have used your skills, preferably in situations similar to those you’d find yourself in at your new job. Moreover, be ready with LOTS of different examples that you could use regardless of what questions you may be asked.
Grace KutneySweetcareersconsulting.comKarl StaibWorkhappynow.com
Tell good stories that highlight your skills and passions.
Quantify your results, speak to accomplishments and be ready to give real-life examples.
Kirk BaumannCampus-to-career.comMary Elizabeth BradfordMaryelizabethbradford
Sell your skills by telling stories. – Use your resume as your talking points. If the company is looking for an assistant project manager who excels at jugging lots of balls in a fluid, organized way – tell a story about how you came in to a troubled project mid-way and unraveled the ball of string – creating an organized schedule and flow that helped bring the project in early.
Don’t talk about yourself – talk about your work. – Don’t tell them that you are a good leader or that you are an innovative thinker. Portray your qualities in action by talking about specific projects, things you are working on now, things that turn you on. Select the stories that will illustrate those qualities they are looking for. Tell them in a lively and vivid way. Don’t get into the weeds of process unless it’s really relevant. Tell of the outcomes of the work. Your passion and the specific things you choose to talk about should clearly show your value. Don’t tell them that you are a good leader or that you are an innovative thinker. Portray your qualities in action by talking about specific projects, things you are working on now, things that turn you on. Select the stories that will illustrate those qualities they are looking for. Tell them in a lively and vivid way. Don’t get into the weeds of process unless it’s really relevant. Tell of the outcomes of the work. Your passion and the specific things you choose to talk about should clearly show your value.
Michael PollockPollockspark.comTresha MorelandHR C-Suite
Give specific examples. – Being able to provide a specific example of how you perform your work speaks loudly over vague answers. Before the interview think of specific examples of how you preformed certain key activities, and achieved certain goals.
Brie Weiler ReynoldsFlexJobs
Smile. – Most people are so nervous during job interviews that they wind up looking serious, or worse, angry, the whole time. Make a conscious effort to occasionally smile and laugh. The same thing goes for phone interviews! They won’t see your smile, but they’ll hear it in the subtle changes in your tone of voice. When you’re smiling, you instantly sound more positive.
#11 Follow Up
Don’t forget to ask for business cards or contact information of your interviewers DURING the interview! – That way you can send thank you emails immediately after you leave. Remember to add something unique about the interview that you remember and show your enthusiasm for the role and company in the thank you letter. Make it short and sweet.
Always, always, ALWAYS send a thank you note after your interview. – This is so crucial, and it really makes you stand out as a candidate. If you interviewed with several people, try to email all of them each brief, individual thank you notes. If you can’t find their email addresses, make sure you mention them in your email to the hiring staff. It makes a difference – trust me!
Ariella CoombsCareerealism.comJulia PennyBest-job-interview.com
Follow up after your interview.
Follow up in a timely manner.
Kirk BaumannCampus-to-career.comMark McClungMydailymark.com
Be unique with your follow up. – It is very difficult to get an interview due to the competition. Once you do get the interview, you need to take full advantage of the opportunity by having a unique follow up. Most of the people who interview will send some sort of follow up email or letter. Take it a step further and do something that will make it impossible to ignore you. I once had a phone interview where the person had to quickly get off the call because the fire alarm went off. We rescheduled later that day and completed the call. Instead of a follow up letter, I sent her a small fire fighter figurine ($5) with a note saying how I enjoyed the conversation and looked forward to hearing more about the position. This worked extremely well!
Bonus tip: Don’t let them leave you hanging! At the end of the interview always ask: so, where do we go from here? Try to get a date commitment so you know when and how to follow up with them.
Mary Elizabeth BradfordMaryelizabethbradford.comTresha MorelandHR C-Suite
Special Bonus: As a extra “after the interview” tip we also recommend that you follow up with customized thank you notes that are either emailed or mailed to each of your interviewers. Take notes on specific points each interview makes when meeting with you. After the interview, follow up with a thank you note that also includes an additional item of how you can help them with that specific point. For example, an interviewer may tell you that staying within budget is important in the company. Take note and follow up with a customized thank you note that says something like “I appreciate the point you made about staying on budget is important. You might like to know that one of my accomplishments was that I was able to stay under budget by 5% in a project I managed.” This step will impress interviewers with your ability to listen, give them one more chance to see what you can do, and help give you an extra edge above the competition.
#12 Listen And Look Interested
Show curiosity and interest. – Of course you need to have a baseline competence for a job. If you’re called to an interview, you probably have that competence. You can always train someone to learn about a role. It is very hard however to train a person to have a good attitude. Be genuinely interested and show your willingness to learn.
Focus on being interested, not on being interesting. – We sometimes fall into the trap of working too hard to tell an interviewer about every single one of their attributes. When we do that, we come off as ego-centric and a bad listener. The reality is that the people who are remembered are the ones who ask good questions and appear genuinely interested in the company, the role, and in every single person they meet along their search—from the receptionist to the CEO.
Darcy EikenbergRedCapeRevolution.comMichael PollockPollockspark.com
Want to be there – and show it. – Be excited about what you can do for them. Be genuinely curious about where they are headed. Have a couple of smart questions lined up to learn more about their goals and about what they hope you will bring them. Make sure they are questions you should not already know the answers to. Be excited about what you can do for them. Be genuinely curious about where they are headed. Have a couple of smart questions lined up to learn more about their goals and about what they hope you will bring them. Make sure they are questions you should not already know the answers to.
Listen hard in the interview. – Try to give yourself the time to listen to what the interview is really saying. What do they want to know, what are they asking for from you and what are their thoughts and opinions on different situations. Often in an interview we can end up talking too much – sometimes trying too hard to sell ourselves and more often than not we end up not answering the question and not listening hard enough to what the interviewer is saying. Give them a chance to speak, don’t talk over them and think before making your contribution. Make sure that you’ve understood the question and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if anything seems unclear to you.
#13 Understand Their Problem
Understand the problem you would be solving for the company BEFORE you go into the interview. – That way, you can provide concrete, quantifiable, and relevant examples on why you’re the best person to solve that problem.
Know what problem you are solving. – You are at a job interview because the company has a position to fill. You can also look at it as a problem they need to have solved. Be aware of what ‘problem’ you are solving, (perhaps; improved customer service response time, more sales or a more efficient organization) and make sure you communicate what value you can provide to solve it.
#14 Don’t Talk About Money
Don’t ask about the salary – wait until you actually have the job!
Laurence HebberdUndercover RecruiterMary Elizabeth BradfordMaryelizabethbradford
Use care talking about money. – Some companies have you fill out a form asking for disclosure of salary history. For private companies you may have worked for – this may be considered confidential information! You can say “commensurate with responsibilities” or put a fair starting figure. If that was not required of you and they are asking you to disclose how much you want – the safest thing to do is to give a wide range based on where you have been (for the last several years I have been in the mid to high five figures) and then follow up with a question of your own: “since we are on the subject did you have a range in mind budgeted for this position?”
Prepare, Prepare and Prepare. – It doesn’t matter what job you are interviewing for or what kind of company it is with. Some of the questions you’ll be asked will pop up at every kind of job interview. There may be some variation in the phrasing, but you can almost guarantee that you will be asked: ‘What made you apply for the job?’, ‘What can you bring to it?’, ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’, and ‘What do you do outside of work?’ Prepare your answers to these questions thoroughly to ensure that, if or when they are asked, you are giving the best possible answer you can.
Brenda PriddyNumber-direct.co.ukBryce ChristiansenMycareertopia.com
Tip#1: The biggest advantage you can give yourself in an interview is to come prepared sharing what you would do if you were to start the job tomorrow. – Say you work in online marketing. You could look at their website and think about how you could market their services better. In the interview share your ideas. Talk about what you noticed on the site and what you would change and why. They’ll love that you’re already showing a passion for their company and if your ideas are fresh and productive, they’ll be that much more eager to hire you so you can implement them.
Tip#2: There are only three questions every interviewer actually wants to know. – One, “Can you do the job?” Two, “Will you enjoy the job?” And three, “Will you like working here?“. Frame your answers around these three points to help the interviewer feel more comfortable picturing you in the role.
Bonus Tip: Be prepared for tricky questions. ‘If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?’ We’ve all heard of odd interview questions so mentally begin to prepare yourself. It boils down to assessing and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Before the interview, make a list of any weaknesses you have and how they could actually be a positive e.g. “I am very focused on details however I’ve found that through double checking and analyzing again, I have been able to identify additional cost savings by….”
Be ready to answer though interview questions. – Before going to the interview, I always advice people to have a look at the most common interview questions and have their answers ready. Make the interview look natural.
Do your homework. – Prepare, prepare, prepare – research the company and the job, think about the type of questions you are likely to be asked, practice and get feedback and then practice again.
Julia PennyBest-job-interview.comMichael WadeExecupundit.com
Be prepared to answer the easy questions. – If you pause to think about a complicated question, that’s not a problem. If you pause to think about “Why do you want this job?” that’s a problem.
#16 Get Some Chemistry Going
Get Some Chemistry Going. -The appointment says 45 minutes, but the first two might be the only ones that matter. Use your research and a quick scan of the office to find some common ground to start building a relationship from the moment your eyes sync. Mine those social media pages to uncover what they are passionate about and get some conversation going. A posting on Facebook about Little Johnny’s success at last month’s Pinewood Derby contest is perfect, for example, if you have Scouts in common, but there are many more possibilities by just being a little bit curious.
AnnMarie McIlwainCareerfuel.netPenelope TrunkPenelopetrunk.com
Tip #1: Don’t worry about showing you’re qualified because they already screened for that thefore they called you in for the interview. Instead worry about connecting with the interviewer. An interviewer is a popularity contest among qualified applicants.
Tip #2: Mirror what the interviewer does because people like to hire people like themselves.
#17 Dress The Part
Be Stupendous With Your Communication. (Verbal and Non-Verbal) Considering the fact that you’ll be gauged on every small thing you exhibit in the room, communication lies as a major area of concern. You can start with practicing your introduction and some common interview questions. Ask questions to remain involved and make sure that your language is free from any slang words and deems appropriate for the interview.In addition to this, work on your body language too. Try and be submissive with hand and body gestures that don’t seem defensive.
Anshuman KukretiNaukrigulf.comNancy HollandMy.jobs
Dress the part. – This may sound elementary however, in my hundreds of thousands of interviews I have been shocked at how unprepared interviewees can be and how unprofessional. When I say dress the part I mean not only your atire but your body language and how ready you are for the questions you are asked and the questions you have prepared to ask.
#18 It Is About Them
Remember that the interview is not about what they can do for you. It is about what you can do for them. Go with that emphasis.
Make it about them, not you. – All things being equal in terms of qualified candidates, what puts you ahead is how you focus on what you can do for the firm, not what they can do for you.
#19 They Want To Hire You
Go into the interview knowing this: the person interviewing you very much wants you to do well. He or she isn’t there to trick you or trap you. They hate interviewing, they’re busy and they need to fill this job. So they want you to be the right person. Knowing they’re basically rooting for you can give you the confidence to do well.
#20 Be Obedient
Steve Pavlina Stevepavlina.com
Emphasize your obedience.
#21 Don’t Show Desperate
David Zinger DavidZinger.com
Care about getting the job without any desperation or big desire – this will help you to relax into your interview performance.
#22 Go to The Gym
Go to the gym right beforehand because working out gives a person a boost in self-confidence.
#23 Give Them What They Want
Mary Elizabeth BradfordMaryelizabethbradford.com
Give them what they want. The most important thing you can do at the beginning of the interview is ask the company if they could tell you – in their words – what they want and need. You can casually jot down key points in their answer and use these points as talking points for the rest of your interview. This ensures you are building your value in the places they need the most.
#24 Be Early
Be early. On time is late, late is later than late, and being early is considered on time for interviews. Don’t waste the recruiters’ time by not being fully prepared at least 10-15 minutes before the interview starts.
Blake McCammonBlogging4jobs.comDarcy EikenbergRedCapeRevolution.com
Plan for “white space” before and after any in-person interviews. Don’t be rushed; schedule enough time to arrive early and/or stay late enough to hang around the lobby, the cafeteria, or any other public space where this company’s employees go. Watch their faces and their posture; listen to their conversation. Is it energetic and excited? Read posters and signs–what is the company currently focused on? The more you observe, the more you can target your questions and followup actions accordingly to show how you’d fit in and make a difference
#25 Be Succint
Be succinct, the interviewer may become bored if they are talking to many people so be interesting without babbling too much.
#26 Memorize Your Resume
Know your resume inside and out. Be able to discuss your quantifiable accomplishments that you listed on the resume. Be prepared.
#27 Make Mistakes
If something goes ‘wrong’, quickly name what just happened and recover. Showing that you’re not afraid to make mistakes or correct them, makes you an asset to any firm.
#28 Ask Full Time
Request full-time enslavement.
#29 Have The Right Mindset
David Zinger DavidZinger.com
Study Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset versus fixed mindset and approach every interview with a mindset of growth. And remember, if you can laugh, you can last.
#30 Relax And Take Your Time
Relax and free your mind. – You are ready. You are prepared for any question and you are good on your feet. You practiced interviewing and you are ready for any environment and any situation. You did a lot of company research and have good questions prepared to ask. You put in the hard work and there’s nothing more you can do. At this point, there’s nothing to worry about so let go of your fears. Relax, be confident, be yourself and let it happen. You know your stuff. You’ve got this.
Amy WolfgangWolfgangcareercoaching.comBrenda PriddyNumber-direct.co.uk
Don’t Be Afraid To Take Your Time – It is very easy to panic in a job interview. When a curveball of a question comes along, most people will do just that. Combine the fact you’re probably already nervous with being asked a question you never expected to encounter and it’s only natural to get flustered. In this situation – one that arrives in almost every job interview you will attend – it’s imperative that you fight the instinctive urge to fumble your way through a poor answer as it comes to you. Inhale a deep breath, collect your thoughts and take the time to develop a good answer. Interviewers will appreciate candidates that work well under pressure and are able to remain confident.
MEET THE EXPERTS
Amy Wolfgang wolfgangcareercoaching.com
Amy Wolfgang is a career coach and owner of wolfgangcareercoaching.com who brings over 15 years of experience to help her clients excel in their careers. Her background and qualifications include:
Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin
Certified PCM (Professional Career Manager)
8 years of corporate experience including 2 years in resource management and 2 years in training and development for a Fortune 1000 corporation
2 years lecturing on career strategies at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Amy is dedicated to helping her clients become empowered and confident in their career search and achieve their career goals.
Anna Runyan has been helping women find careers they love and start businesses they love since 2008. She provides career and business coaching to over 20,000 women on her blog, Classycareergirl.com and her social media channels. Anna is best known for her two signature programs: “The 90-Day Love Your Career Formula” and “The 90-Day Corporate Rescue Plan.”
During the last 5 years, Anna and her website have received the honor of being:
• Invited to speak to 800 women at The Global Leadership Forum in Curitiba, Brazil
• Named by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Career Sites of 2013 and One of the 35 Most Influential Career Sites of 2014
• A winner of the Top 5 Blogs for Young Professionals by Levo League
• Included as one of the 15 Career Experts To Add To Your Twitter Feed Now by The Daily Muse
• Featured guest career expert on Fox 5 News, San Diego 6 News and People Stylewatch magazine
Ranked #36 on Amazon for Women & Business for her best selling book, The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men
Anita Bruzzese onthejob.45things.com
With more than a decade of writing about the workplace for Gannett News Service and USAToday.com, this award-winning journalist has a unique ability to spot trends and present them to readers, often ahead of other competing columnists. She consistently delivers critical workplace information to a consumer audience who might not otherwise be aware of the issues she addresses.
Her first book, “Take This Job and Thrive” was critically acclaimed as “rendered with rousing spirit” and “sound, commonsense ideas, couched in encouragement.” (Booklist). She has been quoted in numerous publications, such as WashingtonPost.com, and a book on Fortune 500 hiring practices. She has been on radio shows nationwide as a workplace expert, and appears on USAToday.com, CareerBuilder.com, AOL’s Find a Job and the Boston Herald’s Jobfind.
Bruzzese was the founding managing editor of the national magazine Employee Benefit News and was chosen as a CASE media fellow at Smith College and a Knight Center Fellow at the University of Maryland for her work in workplace journalism.
AnnMarie Mc Ilwainhttp://careerfuel.net
AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain is the Founder and CEO of http://careerfuel.net. AnnMarie is a job search thought leader who connects people with the information and inspiration they need to get jobs and start small businesses.
Anshuman Kukretithe global job market
Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.
Ariella Coombs CAREEREALISM.com
Ariella Coombs is the managing editor for CAREEREALISM.com, an online career advice magazine. Her passions include helping college students and recent grads find (and keep) jobs they love.
Blake McCammon is the swiss army knife of HR & Recruiting. He has been with www.blogging4jobs.com since 2010 and serves as the Community and Operations Manager. Blake is responsible for managing bloggers who write for the community as well as overall management of clients and services offered by Blogging4Jobs. Connect with Blake on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Brenda PriddyNumber Direct
Brenda Priddy is a passionate technology and telecoms journalist. She runs the website Number Direct where she regularly discusses the latest innovations, writes about the biggest breaking news and shares her predictions for the future.
Brie Weiler Reynolds is a career advisor and the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting, flexible schedule, and freelance job listings. She and the writing team at FlexJobs offer career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog.
Bryce Christiansen MyCareertopia.com
Bryce Christiansen is the Editor-in-Chief of MyCareertopia.com. Right now he is helping job seekers find work happiness with his free ecourse, “How to Find the Perfect Career Fit For Your Personality.”
Cecilia Bratt http://consciouscareerist.com/
My name is Cecilia and I live in Stockholm, Sweden.
Besides a deep interest in human potential and what drives us, I love the potential of online and new technologies and the dynamics of business.
I work with operations and communications in startups and other entrepreneurial environments.
As a coach, I focus on personal leadership and career. I help people transition. From old jobs to new jobs, from a state of frustration to joyful productivity, from employed to entrepreneur..
Executive coach & speaker Darcy Eikenberg, ACC, consults and speaks on talent management, employee engagement and leadership development issues all over the country. Plus, she’s the author of “Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control,” and blogs regularly on career issues at RedCapeRevolution.com. Download her free guide “What to Say to Build Confidence at Work” at www.tinyurl.com/RCRConfidence.
David Zinger www.davidzinger.com
David Zinger is the leading independent global employee engagement expert who founded the 6333 member Employee Engagement Network. Visit: http://www.davidzinger.com
Derrick Duplessy http://purposerockstar.com
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runsDuplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.
Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CERW, CEMC, CPRW is a Certified Master & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc., home to some of the best resume writers on the planet. Erin and her team of executive resume writers have achieved international recognition following nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award and advanced certifications. Professional Resume Services was voted as one of “Forbes Top 100 Career Websites”.
Felix has helped hundreds of people land a better job. He writes tips and advice for job seekers on ResumeOK.com.
Grace KutneySweetCareers Consulting
Grace is a career consultant with over 17 years of experience providing career assistance to college students and recent graduates. Her work in higher education has spanned both small private and large public institutions. She is the founder of SweetCareers Consulting, which offers web-based career services to young professionals around the world.
Hire Ground Software TeamHireGroundJobs.com
HireGround Software Team , provider of the HireGroundJobs.com job board
Jennifer GreshamEveryday Bright
Jennifer Gresham is a PhD scientist turned writer and coach. She is the author of the popular blog Everyday Bright and offers free training on how to make Monday your favorite day of the week through her No Regrets Career Academy.
Julia Penny www.best-job-interview.com
Julia has interviewed and placed literally thousands of job candidates in a wide range of jobs and companies. She provides an expert’s perspective to job seekers on exactly what it takes to succeed in their job search and job interview. She helps employers to recruit and hire the best staff for their organizations. Her website www.best-job-interview.com provides guidance to both job seekers and employers.
Karl Staib Workhappynow.com
Karl Staib has one of the most insightful list of questions he asks all of his clients. You can learn a few of them when you check out his free Unlock Your Career Passions ecourse so you can work happier, become more focused and also help build a better team around you.
Kirk Baumann www.campus-to-career.com
Kirk Baumann is a passionate recruiting advocate preparing the next generation of talent for the career of their dreams. He’s a social media enthusiast who loves technology and how it’s connecting people in ways like never before. Kirk currently serves as Vice President, Career Services for Enactus United States (formerly known as SIFE), working with Fortune 500 & 100 companies, helping them recruit top talent for their organizations as well as working directly with students, alumni, and young professionals on career development, helping them find their dream job. He’s also recently taken up running, finishing his first marathon in November 2012.
Laurence Hebberd UndercoverRecruiter.com
Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she’s a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn’t answer the ‘what do you do with your free time’ question!.
Mark is a Take Action expert. He shares how to take action to find and excel at the career and life you want through real world advice and fun tips. Mark is also a successful Senior Marketing Manager, Take Action Speaker, RandomandKind.com co-creator, and blogger at MyDailyMark.com.
Mary Elizabeth Bradfordwww.maryelizabethbradford.com
Mary Elizabeth Bradford is an award-winning and internationally certified executive resume writer, coach, and former recruiter to top executives worldwide. She offers executive resume packages, supporting documents, recruiter distributions, and online career programs that help her VP to CxO Clients secure more interviews and offers. She also licenses her award-winning online job-search coaching programs to other top resume writers throughout the world. She lives with her husband, daughter, horses, and various other critters on a small vineyard farm outside of Boerne, Texas—where she also invites her VIP Platinum clients for half-day retreats. Visit her at www.maryelizabethbradford.com – a Forbes Top 100 Career Website.
Michael Pollock is an Executive Coach for Creative Professionals. He has helped many creative pros to focus and develop their careers and businesses, build on their strengths, develop stronger resumes and make smarter, more effective choices. www.pollockspark.com
Michael Wade is a partner with Sanders Wade Rodarte Consulting Inc. in Phoenix. He writes the Execupundit.com blog.
www.successcircuit.com provides interviews and articles from people with inspirational lives. We are always searching for new people to interview. Please feel free to contact us to either interview you or anyone with a story to tell.
Nancy Holland is the Vice President of Marketing at DirectEmployers Association. With genuine eagerness, an eye for technology and over 15 years of industry experience, Nancy leads a team of five marketing professionals and oversees the implementation of branding, communication and marketing strategies pertaining to the Association’s various flagship products–which include an OFCCP compliance solution and recruitment marketing tools.
Nisa Chitakasem is the Founder of Position Ignition (www.positionignition.com), one of the UK’s leading career change consultancies and career development specialists. Through their personal support , online career resources, and Career Ignition Club (www.careerignitionclub.com) they have helped thousands of people to be successful in their careers. Follow them @PosIgnition and visit their blog: www.positionignition.com/blog
Penelope Trunk is the co-founder of four companies. Quistic, her most recent startup, helps people build stable, fulfilling careers.
Steve Pavlina www.stevepavlina.com
I launched StevePavlina.com on October 1st, 2004 and began publishing new articles immediately. I put my games business on the back burner and publicly announced that I was retiring from game development. I decided to scale down the business gracefully, so customers could continue to receive support for games they’d already purchased.
StevePavlina.com quickly took off, and within a couple years it became one of the most popular personal growth websites in the world. I didn’t spend any money to promote it, and I had nothing to sell. I simply loved sharing, so I gave away all my best ideas for free. I believed that as long as I kept learning and growing, there would always be new ideas to share and that I’d never run out.
Tia is a Certified Life Coach & MultiPassionate Blogger at www.yourlifeyourway.net, which features inspiration & advice to help you sparkle from the inside out & live the life you want – not the life you “SHOULD”. Say hi to her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yourlifeyourway) & Twitter (www.twitter.com/tiasparkles)!
Tresha D. Moreland, MS, MBA, SPHR, founder of HR C-Suite, is an HR thought leader in Human Resource Strategic Management. She has held key human resource leadership roles for over 15 years in multiple industries most recently a senior vice president in the healthcare industry.
But just reeading this list is not going to give you the advantage, you need to take action with what you read here.
Remember these are experts of the field!
Thay know what actually works, and how to give someone the best possible advantage in an interview.
I wish you good luck, and i would love to hear if you use any of these tips successfully in your next interview, or maybe some of these tips have worked well for you before. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know, or if you have any questions.