For anyone who has been searching for a job a long time and finally lucky to land an interview, you’d surely want everything to be flawless, right? Whether it’s a job at a supermarket or a senior position at a bank, the same tips apply for any interview. If you really want to impress your interviewer, then consider the following advice and make use of these 10 ways to have a perfect job interview.
10. Make sure you can back up everything on your CV
Lying or embellishing on your CV never works. For example, if you state that you’re an expert in Spanish but stare blankly when the interviewer asks you a question in this language, then you’re going to look a complete fool. As well, always try to explain the gaps in your CV, because traveling or studying sounds a lot better than just “relaxing in my parents’ home for six months.”
9. Dress up but don’t be too flashy
Remember, you’re only going to an office, not a club. Wear smart, comfortable clothing that looks professional. You want to impress, not shock everyone with your fashion! For men, a suit and tie are usually fine, otherwise, jeans and a nice long-sleeved shirt is appropriate for less formal interviews. For women, a pencil skirt, leggings, white blouse, and blazer is totally fine.
8. Ensure your hair is looking great
While having shaved sides and bright green hair is fun when you’re studying at college, many employers aren’t too favorable with that sort of look. If you’ve been dyeing your hair many different shades, then you might want to consider going back to your natural hair color. It’s easy enough to do on your own and when it’s complete, you’ll find that your chances of being hired are way more in your favor.
7. Practice beforehand
Most companies use the same interviewing format as everyone else, so you can research online the type of questions you’ll most likely get asked. Things like, “describe your strengths and weaknesses” and “where do you see yourself in five years” are quite common, so prepare by thinking up answers to these questions.
6. Research the history of the company
If you already know everything about the company without the interviewer having to explain anything, then you’ve got a huge advantage. Companies love it when applicants at least know the background of how the business was formed, the name of the CEO(s), which clients they might work with, and what future projects are on the horizon. Most of this information is readily available on the company’s website.
5. Get there early!
Unless you’re the best applicant in the world for this position, you’re setting yourself back by arriving late and not having a good excuse. Arriving early allows you to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the interview, not dash in looking frazzled and sweaty because your alarm only went off 20 minutes ago.
4. Practice good body language
What you do is just as important as what you say. Smiling, maintaining good eye contact, not fidgeting with your hands, and keeping your body posture straight are all vital to remember during an interview. Anyone who slouches, crosses their arms, looks around the room, and generally appears bored and moody definitely won’t be asked to come back again.
3. Ask questions to the interviewer
You don’t always have to wait for the interviewer to say, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Be interested and eager about how the company is operating and what their ideas are for the future. The more questions you ask, the more interested you appear, which is a good sign. Of course, allow the interviewer to ask their own questions, but when the opportunity arises, ask something that might be burning in your mind. Oh, and don’t ask about money and working hours right off the bat, as that might be best for the end of the interview!
2. Avoid “street language” and slang
Looking the part is imperative, but you also need to sound the part. Using slang can be okay once you’ve got the position and know your colleagues better, but for now, use formal speech and of course, don’t swear or make crude remarks.
1. Thank the company in a follow-up email
It’s not always essential, but it’s a nice touch to thank the business by email for giving you an interview. You can say again that you’re interested in the position and that you like the company. The interviewer may have already made up their mind, but if they are on the fence between you and someone else and clearly see how eager you are, the email may sway things in your direction.