Tips for Acing Your Next Job Interview
You scored an interview. That’s great! It means they liked what was on your application and think you may be a good fit for the job. However, you still have to impress your interviewer. So, you need to prepare, and we will give you some tips on how to do it.
Choose a Good Time
You may not get to choose your interview time. But, if you do, it can give you a bit of an advantage. The day and time of the interview can affect the interviewer’s mood and attention span, which in turn can influence their view of you. So, as far as choosing a day of the week goes, you won’t want a Monday or Friday since the interviewer will have just got back from the weekend or be anxious to start the weekend. When choosing a time, you won’t want early in the morning, near lunchtime, or right before the end of the workday when the interviewer’s attention could easily be elsewhere. So, one of the days in the middle of the workweek in mid-morning or mid-afternoon would be a good choice.
Practice for Your Interview
If you have ever had an interview before, you know how stressful it can be, which can make answering questions difficult without being prepared. This is especially true of questions that require some thought, such as “what is your greatest weakness?” Therefore, to make sure you do your best, it’s a good idea to practice ahead of time by looking up some common interview questions and answering them. If you can practice with another person, it would help even more.
Have Some Questions Ready
You will probably be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer, and you’ll want to make sure you ask some. Be ready with questions that are about the job, such as “what would a typical day be like in this job?” Don’t ask about pay or benefits until you get the job.
Show you are interested in what the interviewer has to say. Sit up in your seat and look at the interviewer. Nod your head occasionally to show you are listening. Also, try to look confident even if you are very nervous.
Silence Your Cell Phone
Before going into the interview, make sure you silence your cell phone. Getting a phone call or text alert during an interview would not make a good impression. Also, needless to say, it’s never a good idea to check your phone or answer a call once you are in the interview room.
Bring Your Own Background Check
Nearly every employer will require a background check as a condition of employment, and one way to get a head start on the competition is to bring in your own. This can show a hiring manager that you are already qualified for the position and save the employer the cost of doing their own.
An interview is one of the most important steps to getting hired, so make sure to prepare and don’t let the opportunity slip through your fingers. Just follow these tips, remain calm, and soon you will turn interviews into job offers.