These interview tips cover all the basics you need to know to ace a job interview.
Avoid Interview Mistakes
What shouldn't you do when interviewing? Check out the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make. Then take the time to prepare before your interview, so you don't have to stress afterwards.
Dress for Interview Success
The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
Improve Your Interview Technique
A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and do will either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention.
Take the Time to Say Thank You
Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette, but also reinforces your interest in the position. Use your thank you letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview.
Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses. It will also calm your frazzled nerves, because you won't be scrambling for an answer while you're in the interview hot seat. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you're actually in a job interview.
Use Your Contacts
Who you know at the company you are interviewing with really does matter.
Check Out the Company
How much do you know about the company that just contacted you to schedule an interview? It should be plenty, and all the information you need is available online.
Prepare for a Phone Interview
While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk.
Handle a Group Interview
Interviewing with one person is tough enough, but it's even harder when you have to interview with a group (or panel) of interviewers. Well-prepared status will be always better than nothing prepared.
Interview While Dining
Taking you to breakfast, lunch, or dinner provides the interviewer with a chance to check out your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners, in a more casual environment than an office setting.