So, you’ve landed an interview for your dream job.
Every time you think about it you get giddy like a kid in a candy store.
The only problem? The job isn’t quite yours yet.
When you think about the job interview your hands begin to sweat and you find it hard to breathe, I get it. We’ve all been there. Job interviews are horrifying.
The crazy thing about job interviews is that no matter how many you’ve been on they never really get easier. You can be a seasoned veteran who has been on 100 job interviews and you’ll still go in there a nervous wreck.
I’m here to help! I’ve compiled 10 awesome tips for acing that terrifying interview that I hope will help you to land your dream job.
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10 Job Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Job
1. Do Your Research
In order to sell yourself to the interviewer, you need to be able to show them exactly why you’d be a good fit. Is that even possible if you have no idea what the company does?
To start your research process go to the company’s website! This is so easy to do! The best page to focus on is the company’s “About Us” section. This will give you an idea of what the company does on the daily and what kinds of things their corporate culture finds important.
For example, if you notice they do a lot of charity work you’d be able to incorporate this into your answers. This will make you look good by showing them you care about others and proving you did your research!
A key to making this work well is to always avoid criticizing the company. You don’t want to bring up the things a company does in a negative light because this will reflect badly on you!
In addition to information about the company as a whole, be sure you understand the position you’ve applied for. If you have no idea what the day to day operations of the job are you won’t be able to properly tailor all of your answers to that specific job.
2. Keep Your Clothing Basic
We are living in a world where women are able to move up the corporate ladder at speeds like never before. Unfortunately, chances are there will be a traditional male business type in the room and sometimes this can be a problem. I’m not saying every man is going to judge you for what you’re wearing, but it does happen and it is something to look out for.
Traditionally women in the workplace were seen as too emotional to make real decisions and the way they dressed often reflected how well they would do in a work environment. Sadly, this is still part of the corporate discourse today.
If you really want to impress every person in the room you’re going to want to look trendy without looking too trendy. Crazy, right?
So here are some tips for you to rock that interview outfit.
You should try your best to avoid crazy colours and/or patterns. Try to keep your main colours in the realm of navy, black, white, and beige. Yes, I know this is super boring but it’s going to work! You can add in a cute coloured top under a navy blazer, but try not to make the main item a coloured piece.
Avoid use of perfume and other scented beauty items. Workplaces are usually scent free and this should also be true for an interview situation. Keep the perfume ready for a date night though, possible boyfriends love that stuff!
Don’t wear any crazy accessories. A statement necklace is a real beauty when executed correctly; however, it has no place in a job interview. Accessories can be seen as distracting and will cause your interviewers to stare at the item instead of really listening. This also means you should avoid dangly earrings, stick to a nice stud.
Your hair should be neat without any crazy colours or styles. Brightly coloured hair is super popular these days for Instagram models and Youtube stars but these people never had to apply for the position!
Neutral colours, no crazy accessories, tamed hair, and no perfume. Easy enough, right?
3. Get There Early and Pump Yourself Up (Or Down)
Make sure you know exactly where the building is before the day. If it will help, do a dry run of the commute the day before. This may sound super lame, but it’ll help curb some of the anxiety you’d have on the big day!
Leave extra early and anticipate traffic issues.
When you arrive at the building, check in with the receptionist and politely ask where the bathroom is. Make sure nothing crazy happened to your outfit on the commute and look in the mirror and breathe. Tell yourself you got this. Do you speak affirmations to yourself? If so, do it now.
While sitting in the lobby focus on your breathing, smile at anyone that enters the room and think about your rehearsed answers.
4. Be Polite to EVERY Person You Encounter
This is going to start with the receptionist. When you arrive and are checking yourself in, be polite! There is a high probability that the interviewer will ask anyone else you encounter what they thought about you.
Smile at people walking by. Start a conversation with the person sitting beside you in the lobby. This is going to make you seem more personable and willing to work in teams.
5. Trick Them Into Thinking You’re Their Best Friend
When you first walk into the room take note of the interviewers. Do you see anything in the office that you could use to create a personal connection with the person doing the interview? If not, try and learn something about the person and connect with them on it.
If they love baseball, talk about baseball! This is going to make them see themselves in you and you’ll be higher on the possible hire list because of it!
6. Don’t Overexplain Why You’re Jobless/Looking
Chances are the interviewer is going to ask you why you left your last job. The main point here is to never talk poorly about your last employer.
An interviewer is going to see any trash talking of your last employer as a personality trait. They’ll assume that you’ll talk badly about your co-workers and the company and this isn’t cute.
Also, try not to go into detail too much about your personal life. This is a job interview not your personal journal. The interviewer is not going to care that you lost your job and had to move back in with your mom and you haven’t had a boyfriend since. These are details you can gladly keep to yourself.
7. Focus On Your Body Language
A job interview can be stressful but you need to attempt to not show that you’re stressed. Sit up straight and toward the front of the chair. This will make you seem engaged and interested in the discussion.
When you first walk in, smile and offer your hand for a nice handshake.
When sitting, keep your hands in your lap. Avoid touching your face. Use hand gestures sparingly.
Many job interviewers cite not smiling and bad body language as the main reason (other than qualifications) that they didn’t want to hire a potential employee. Being too boxy and cold can be the reason why you don’t get the job!
Try and be warm and smile a ton (but not too much, we don’t want to look like a crazy person).
8. Show Enthusiasm About The Position & The Company
If you walk into an interview looking unimpressed and show even the littlest bit of boredom, the interviewer isn’t going to hire you.
Have you ever met someone who has a phone voice? (psst.. I’m one of them) A phone voice is when you answer the phone your voice goes up and you become the best version of yourself and sound very professional and just a little squeaky. This is how you should be in your interview.
You should be putting your best foot forward and showing that you’re enthusiastic about the opportunity to have a shot at that job!
9. Take Your Time & Breathe
For those of us who haven’t done a million job interviews in our life, we can often find ourselves without an answer to even their most basic questions because we’re nervous. Being nervous is totally normal as long as you’re able to manage it well.
The worst thing to do in this situation is to say “I don’t know“.
Chances are the person who’s interviewing you has done it before and understands that you’re nervous. Take a few seconds after each question and really gather your thoughts. Interviewers will appreciate that you’re coming up with a good answer instead of just saying nothing.
Also, always make sure to breathe!
Bonus Tip: Once the interview is coming to a close be sure to ask a few questions to the interviewer to show them you care. We wrote a post with a bunch of great questions to ask at the end of a job interview which I highly suggest you check out.
10. Send a Thank-You Note
After the interview is over you want to prove that you are really grateful for the opportunity regardless of the outcome. The best way to show that you’re super thankful is by sending a thank-you note to whoever conducted your interview.
Sending a thank-you note will bring you back into the front of the interviewer’s mind a few days after your interview and will help get you the job if you made it to their short list.
Thank-you notes don’t have to be anything fancy, just something along the lines of “Thank you so much for this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you”.
I know that job interviews are scary but they don’t have to be! I really hope that you got some value from these 10 job interview tips and can implement them in your next job interview and land that job!
If you have any other tips you think my readers would enjoy, be sure to leave them in the comments down below. Also, I’d love to hear your stories of bad/funny job interviews if you’d be willing to share them haha! Leave those in the comments as well!
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