5 Tips on How to Ace Your Job Interview

If you’ve got a job interview, you’re already feeling a bit of pressure — possibly a lot. You worked hard to get to this point, from your deciding what type of work you’d like to do, to the job search, which was probably tedious and difficult at times.

But here you are now, with an interview scheduled, and you’re so close to landing your next great job. If you ask your friends or look for advice online about how to do well, you’ll hear all types of advice. Some of it’s good, some of it may not be, so we’ve gathered our favorite five tips when it comes to ensuring a successful job interview!

1. Be clear why you’re there

Perhaps you’re only looking at how much the position pays, and that’s enough for you. But your prospective employer is going to have a different perspective.

Employee turnover and the resulting amount of recruiting and training are expensive, both from a transaction standpoint and as an opportunity cost: the firm is missing out on a lot of business in the meantime.

What’s that mean for you? It means you should be able to finish the following two sentences with something this employer would love to hear:

— “I think this position and this company is perfect for me, because _______, ______, and ______.”

— “I could see myself being at this company for a very long time, because ______, _______, and _____.”

2. Be yourself, but not too much

Of course you want to be yourself, as much as possible. But people can this a little too far. When you go in to work at most jobs, you will act in a professional manner, and one that’s typically a little different from the way you conduct yourself with friends or at home.

Remember to be yourself, but be your work self, not your relaxed-at-home-with-friends self. That would come off as too casual and possibly not convey how interested you are in the position.

3. Answer questions succinctly

Don’t ramble, and feel free to take 5 seconds to gather your thoughts before beginning an answer a job interview question. You want to exhibit true thoughtfulness and avoid rambling.

4. Use a strong handshake and confident body language

Remember that 70-80% of communication is nonverbal. Shake hands firmly, and try to take your cues on posture from the person interviewing you. Similar posture will generate positive feelings, although you may adopt a different posture at times to generate a sense of individuality.

5. Smile

Smiling is huge. Having perfect teeth isn’t necessary, but definitely make sure to get good dental care, and check to see you don’t have any food in your teeth before you go in to the interview!

Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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