6 Tips To Ace Your Next Interview
Have an interview coming up but not sure on how to prepare for it?
Here are 6 interview tips to ace your next interview and get the job you have applied for:
1. Find a quiet corner
It is important to make a good first impression to interviewers.
In a time when remote interviews are so common, this starts from the minute you join the interview call.
You want the interviewer to be able to hear you loud and clear with little to no background noise.
Hence, before the interview starts, find a quiet corner at home or anywhere you think would be appropriate to have the interview.
Reduce disturbances as much as possible too, and this means ensuring no one accidentally intrudes on your interview.
2. Dress appropriately
Although remote interviews are the norm nowadays, there are times when an employer would request for a face-to-face interview.
Again, first impressions are vital, and this means taking careful consideration of your appearance.
You need to dress appropriately for the interview.
If the interviewer requests that you wear formal attire, wear your best business suit or dress.
If you are unsure, still, the safer way would be to over dress than to under dress.
Do not assume otherwise and prioritise comfort over appearance.
If you want the job, you have to ensure you look presentable and professional enough to take it up.
3. Research sufficiently
Now comes the difficult part - the interview itself.
What will you be saying in the interview? What are some potential questions the interviewer would ask?
These are all questions that you should think of and come up with answers for.
Let’s start with the company side of things.
Three important areas to research on.
a) The company
Research everything about the company, from what it does, to how long it has been around.
Be familiar with the company because interviewers want to ensure you know the company well before you join.
b) The job description
The job description is the next important area to research on.
Ideally, you want to ensure you have met all the job requirements and have ways to justify or show it.
However, in this day and age, finding a perfect fit is difficult.
Companies are moving towards finding a good fit instead of the perfect fit.
Thus, for the requirements that you do not meet, try explaining how you can make up for those.
For instance, explaining that you are currently learning via an online course right now, or having a mentor to teach you.
Showing initiative is one of the positive traits you want your interviewer to associate you with.
Other than job requirements, you would also want to pay attention to the job scope.
What will you be doing if you are hired?
For example, if you are applying for a business development position, there is a possibility that the interviewer will want to hear your ideas on how the company can improve.
If you are applying for a marketing position, you may be asked to share some marketing strategies that you will use if you are hired.
In essence, look through every single requirement and scope of the job you are applying for.
Prepare them thoroughly so that when the interviewer does indeed ask about it, you can reply confidently as if you have already gotten the position.
c) Questions to ask
Interviews have evolved and they are no longer a one way conversation whereby you answer whatever the interviewer asks.
Nowadays, interviewers are looking to have a conversation with the interviewee.
This means getting to ask you questions while in turn, you get to ask questions too.
Asking the interviewer questions would show your curiosity, interest and desire to get the job.
As such, do think of some questions you would like to ask and you will likely get some bonus points for doing so.
4. Know yourself well
Your homework doesn’t end there.
Besides knowing about the company and the job, you also have to know yourself.
This is because interviewers almost always ask questions about you.
Here are four areas you should know about yourself:
a) Your strengths and weaknesses
Everyone is unique but not perfect.
Knowing your strengths aids you to contribute greatly to your employer and may even show your employer that you are the right one for the job.
On the other hand, knowing your weaknesses reminds you to work towards improving them and gives you a chance to stand out from other job applicants.
How can I stand out from the crowd by sharing my weaknesses?
Here is an example:
In the past, I lacked confidence voicing my opinions. However, there was once when I noticed a critical mistake in one of the documents and quickly voiced out to my superior without thinking too much. The error would prove costly if not rectified. As a result, my superior praised me and this helped boost my confidence. Now, I give my unique and valuable opinions regularly. I believe this will help my company better develop and grow.
Did you notice a pattern?
First, you state your weakness.
Afterwards, you go on to explain how you have improved your weakness.
Lastly, you show how your weakness has helped you become a better employee.
By explaining your weakness in this way, you add value to yourself and show your uniqueness to the employer.
b) What you wrote in your resume
Yes, you heard me right, what you wrote in your resume.
It is easy to forget what you wrote in your resume after awhile.
Oftentimes, interviewers reference your resume and ask questions based on it.
If they do reference it, you need to know what they are referring to.
Afterall, you wrote the resume.
Appearing confused or unaware could harm your chances of passing the interview.
c) Why you applied for this job
Knowing and reminding yourself on why you applied for the job is also important.
Asking for the reason why you want to apply for the job is a very common interview question.
Thus, you need to be familiar with what you are going to say and not appear unprepared.
d) What makes you suitable for the job
In an interview, you are trying to market yourself and convince the interviewer that you are right for the job.
As such, being prepared to answer this question would help increase your chances of getting hired.
Think of a few reasons why you are suitable for the job so that you can give the interviewer more than enough reasons to hire you.
5. Practise, practise and practise
Do you feel nervous during an interview? Does your mind blank out or do you start stuttering?
These are all common reactions during an interview.
How then, do you become more confident and less nervous?
The solution is simply to practise again and again until the whole interview process feels more natural.
For example, practise in front of a mirror or ask someone to act as the interviewer.
There is no escape to practising.
Only through practising can you be prepared and confident for the interview.
The last tip may be the most obvious but easily forgotten one.
During the few minutes leading up to the interview, you may get too nervous and forget to relax.
As a result, you get too tensed up and perform poorly for the interview.
What you should do is to keep telling and reminding yourself to relax.
Take a deep breath, think happy thoughts and tell yourself that you will ace it.
Increasing your confidence and appearing cheerful would likely help you perform better for the interview.
Hopefully these 6 tips will help you prepare and ace your interviews.
Good luck, keep calm and do your best!