11 Job Interview Tips

11 Job Interview Tips

The job interview process can be quick and easy. Other times it can be long and overwhelming. From teen years to my thirties, I've participated in different styles of interviews for different types of companies. This includes employed jobs and self employed jobs. Those interviews were in person, over the phone and video. Some were local and some were in other states. Sometimes I was unprepared for the interview and other times I was prepared. I've had unexpected interviews where I was put on the spot, with no time to gather myself or my thoughts. 

Each experience was a lesson learned. These experiences prepared me for future interviews. It also helped me strengthen my public speaking skills. I learned to be more of a natural when answering unexpected questions in a very short amount of time. 

Statistics provided by Come Recommended and Classes & Careers gives us some insight on what recruiters and hiring managers are thinking during and after the interview process:

  • 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone.
  • Having little to no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake made during interviews.
  • 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is a common nonverbal mistake.
  • When meeting new people, 55% of the impact comes from the way the person dresses, acts and walks through the door.
  • 65% of bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost-identical candidates.
  • The number one question most likely to be asked is: “Tell me about yourself”.
  • The number one most common mistake at a job interview is: failing to ask for the job.

There are so many free resources online, in the library, at home, at school, and within your community that could help you prepare for interviews. If you know you have an interview coming up soon, start preparing today. If you don't have an interview coming up, start preparing today. You will eventually have a new interview one day. Whether if you're employed, self employed or both, you're continuously interviewing for many opportunities all the time. Some may be formal and some may be informal. Always be ready so you won't live with regret wishing you would have been ready for a missed opportunity. Here are a few tips to help you get prepared for your next opportunity.

11 job interview tips:

  1. Research the Company - You must know and understand the company you want to work for or do business with. Don't rely on what others told you or what you see TV or social media. Conduct real research. Start with their website. You show know who they are, when they began, their industry, their purpose, their products and services, their financial status, their impact in the business world and within their communities.
  2. Sell Yourself - Know how to effectively convince others how you would be an asset to their company. Since they always have more than one option to choose from, you must know how to set yourself apart from others. Specifcy real life examples to support your claims that you're the best. 
  3. Dress as if You're Already in Position - When you want something, you have to act like you already have it. Dress like you are already in the position you want to be in. We all judge based on appearance first. People see you before they hear you speak. If you're unsure of what to wear, research that company on social media or on their website to see what other employees and business partners are wearing. Don't dress exactly like them, but use some of their wardrobe ideas to create your own look, but still be relatable and professional.
  4. Smile - Always look and feel happy and pleasant. No one wants to hire someone who appears to be sad, depressed or upset. Even if you aren't in a good mood, learn how to mask it so you can perform well at your interview. Smiling makes others feel welcomed to be in your presence. People are more willing to say YES if your smile is warm and genuine. 
  5. Don't Sound Rehearsed or Generic - Employers want to see and hear authenticity. They interview people all the time. They've heard it all. It's refreshing to experience someone who knows their facts, but also incorporates their own personalty. Be creative and honest with your answers. 
  6. Don't Be Afraid of Eye Contact - Don't let the fear of eye contact hold you back from a new opportunity. They are human just like you. Think about how much you deserve this opportunity. Relax, breathe and stay calm. Take your time when speaking. Let if flow naturally.  
  7. Know Yourself and What You Have To Offer - When you're asked, "Tell me about yourself," you should already have an answer ready to give. Make sure that it's honest, but specific to the job you're interviewing for. Only mention facts that will allow someone to learn more about you, but will also help you become a first choice for the job. 
  8. Always Ask Questions - When they ask if you have any questions, always say yes. Have at least 3-5 questions ready. Make sure some of your questions show that you've done some research about the company. We all have lots of questions with new opportunities. They actually want you to ask questions. Use that time to ask them. Asking zero questions will make you seem as if you either don't care or you think you now it all. 
  9. Show Up Early - I agree with, "early is on time and on time is too late." Whether if the interview is in person, over the phone or video, show up early and be ready. Being late, regardless of the reason, looks unprofessional. In the real world, no one cares about your excuses. 
  10. Bring Extras - If you've published a book, created a report, or have a letter of recommendation that helps showcase your work history, bring it and discuss it during the interview. Employers love to see real life examples of your work. It helps when you can go beyond the words you speak or the text on your resume. 
  11. Attend Local Events - If the company has important events before or after your interview, GO! Attend, network and connect. You never know who you may meet that could not only help you through the interview process, but could also provide you will wise advice to use for many years to come. You will  meet new people and build new relationships. This could lead to new personal and professional success. 

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