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Job interviews are hard. They require you to think on your feet, act relaxed even if you’re nervous, and know what to say in response to questions that might leave you dumbstruck or speechless. That’s why so many people fail them.
But don’t fret! We’ve got the tips you need to ace any job interview.
Tip 1: Do Your Homework
Don’t leave the interview without knowing everything there is to know about the company and job. Especially if your interview is with a procurement headhunter. If need be, research companies online before your interview. Find out average salaries and try to figure out what questions you might be asked in advance. You’ll impress your interviewer by showing that you’ve taken time to learn about them and their company.
Tip 2: Dress To Impress
You should always try to look your best in a job interview, but that’s even more important when you’re interviewing for a creative field like graphic design or marketing. You don’t want to be the person who shows up wearing jeans and sneakers like it’s Casual Friday every day.
You want to look professional and clean, even if you’re interviewing for a casual or laid-back position. You can’t go wrong with a simple black dress and heels, although business casual is also fine. It all depends on what type of company you’re interviewing for and what the job actually requires. Just let your instincts guide you.
Tip 3: Pay Attention To The Details
You might think that all you have to do is answer the interviewer’s questions. But there are several details that matter just as much. Pay attention to body language like posture and eye contact because it shows how interested you are in the interviewer and the job. You’ll also want to make sure you show interest in what you do and how it fits into the company.
Tip 4: Don’t Get Defensive
Don’t get defensive if your interviewer asks tough questions or challenges something you’ve said. Instead of giving a knee-jerk reaction like, “That’s bad for business!” try to counter their question with another question that makes them think.
For example: “That’s a great question and I honestly don’t know the answer. What do you think?”
Being able to stay calm under pressure is important for any job, but it’s especially true in jobs where people work with other people or have to persuade them, like marketing or sales.
Tip 5: Practice Makes Perfect
You can never go wrong practicing for an interview. Interviewers like to ask the same questions over and over again, especially if you’re applying to several jobs with several companies. So before your interview, practice talking about yourself using words that are meaningful to you. That way, even if they do ask one of those common questions, you’ll sound unique and interesting.
There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question because it varies so much depending on the interviewer and the company. But there are definitely some questions you should be prepared for. Here’s our list:
- Why should we hire you?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- Do you enjoy working with people or by yourself more?
- How would your former boss describe you?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Be prepared to answer all of these questions as best as you can and you will ace your next job interview.