Job search is often a long and stressful process, and a job interview is its most important part. For many job seekers, the interview is something they fear. However, there are many ways to turn your job interview into a definite success. Check out 8 secret tips on how to ace your interview!
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1. Schedule a workout
Doing a 15-minute cardio workout before a job interview has at least three major benefits. First, it helps you calm down your nerves before the important event. Second, it will help you get your mind off the job interview at least for a while. Third, it will give you the much-needed energy to go and ace that interview! Just don’t forget to have a quick shower after your training.
2. Prepare beforehand
If you are an experienced job seeker, you probably know that your interview clothes need to be prepared beforehand and your day needs to be precisely scheduled. However, there are several other important preparations. One of the most crucial ones is knowing what you’ll talk about during the interview.
Research common interview questions and prepare your own answers. Make an extra copy of your resume and use it as a cheat sheet to talk about your past career accomplishments. Think about the things you want to ask your interviewer. Make it look like you’ve spent a lot of time preparing for this day!
3. Research the company
One of the worst things you can do for your interview is having zero information about the company that interviews you. Before the interview, visit the company website and social media profiles to know more about its history, structure, mission, etc. Then you will be able to give a good answer if you are asked why you are a valuable addition to the company.
4. Research yourself
It’s 2019, and your potential employer will research you on the internet before making the decision. If you don’t want your old social media posts or photos to ruin your chances of good employment, Google your own name and take care of anything that doesn’t fit the image of a reliable and smart employee. You can also use the internet to paint a better picture of yourself as a professional, mainly through LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
5. Arrange an interview early
If you have a say in what time your interview takes place, use this chance to schedule the interview to your advantage. The best time to have a job interview is early morning. At this time, the HR manager and other company executives are not yet exhausted from a day of work, you are feeling and looking fresh, and your nerves don’t have the time to get the best of you.
6. Know what you’re here for
The most obvious answer to the question “Why are you at this interview?” is that you need the money. However, if you want to impress your interviewer, you need to look deeper. By posting a job ad, the company is trying to solve a problem. Your job is to identify this problem and explain why you are their perfect solution. For example, if you are a top-notch financial advisor, talk about the great financial benefits of hiring you.
7. Be friendly to everyone
Obviously, if you want the job, you will be nice to the HR manager and other people at the interview. But the secret tip here is to be nice to everyone, not just the people responsible for the hiring decision. Talking nicely to the receptionist, secretary, or other people you meet in the company helps you build a positive image before you even begin your interview. In many cases, the HR manager will discuss your behaviour with anyone you encountered, so keep that in mind.
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8. Finish the right way
After your interview is completed, you need to say something that will make the interviewer consider you as a serious candidate. Simply say that you enjoyed the interview and are looking for the next stages. By their reaction, you will be able to see whether they are seriously thinking about hiring you. If the interviewer is not too enthusiastic, ask them if they have any additional questions – there is a chance they still want to know something about you and will gladly welcome a chance to do it.
How can you make the best possible impression during a job interview? Which questions can you expect and how do you prepare for those questions? Check out our video for useful tips. https://students.uu.nl/en/careerservices
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