5 Ways to Best Ace Your Job Interview

May 02, 2016

There is no easy or perfect way to answer questions in a job interview. Whether you’re 25 or 45, it is not a guarantee that attitude or experience alone will get you the job. An applicant’s answers to a set of interview questions – regardless of whether they are good answers – is just one of the many deciding factors on whether that applicant will get hired or not.

An applicant’s objective should not simply be to hope for the best in getting the job; but rather to demonstrate one’s personality through their answers, how they deliver it, and to convince the interviewer that they are the right person for the position.

Job interviews are always unpredictable and daunting; however, we can always make improvements before going to an interview. To help you best prepare yourself for one, here are a few ways that will increase your chances in landing the position.

 

  1. Go to your job interview with the right mindset.

  • Show enthusiasm. – Show the interviewer that you are eager about the job and the organization that you are applying to. You may also mention during the interview that you favor this job and explain sincerely why you want it.

  • Fake it till you make it. – Most people get intimidated when faced with a person of higher authority. Although confidence is not innate in everyone, you may fake your confidence until you truly develop it. Showing confidence through one’s body language, voice and answers leaves a positive impression to the interviewer.

  1. Come prepared.

  • Anticipate possible interview questions. – The night before your interview, try to research standard interview questions or think of what the interviewer would want to know when screening applicants. By anticipating what the interviewer may ask, you can already think of your answers and organize your thoughts in advanced. The interviewer may ask questions such as, “Tell me something about yourself.”, “What are your long-term and short-term goals?”, and “Why should we hire you?” to get a feel of your personality.

  • Try to put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer. – Interviewers are not only looking for applicants that fit the company’s qualifications, they also assess an applicant’s answers to get a feel of their personality. Impress them by communicating your best traits during the interview.

  • A little research goes a long way. – Interviewers will appreciate your effort in researching about the company and making a connection to their company mission & values or the company’s achievements and initiatives.

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. – During the interview, capitalize on your strengths if the interviewer asks questions related to your skills or experience. If the interviewer asks about your points for improvement, be honest about your weaknesses but don’t forget to specify your current efforts in correcting them.

  1. Be an effective communicator.

  • Dress the way you wish to be perceived. – Depending on the job position you are trying to get, be sure to dress appropriately. For example, if you are applying for a position in a professional setting, go to your job interview dressed in corporate/business attire.

  • Do not forget to greet and shake the hand of the interviewer. – A simple “good morning”/”good afternoon” to your interviewer demonstrates courtesy and good manners. If you know the name of your interviewer, it is advisable to greet them by name. Additionally, being the first to extend your hand in a handshake demonstrates proper etiquette and establishes a positive connection even before the interview. These small but powerful gestures leave a lasting impression and could make the difference in getting the job.

  • Demonstrate good body language.“It’s what you don’t say that counts.” According to psychologists, 80% of our way of communicating to others is through body language or non-verbal communication. During your job interview, avoid fidgeting, crossing your arms over your chest, slouching, tapping your fingers or hiding your hands under the table. These are all indicators of nervousness, apathy and shyness. Rather, observe proper posture and keep your hands on the table (or make minimal hand gestures when explaining) to exude confidence and sincerity.

  • Make eye contact. – Make sure to hold eye contact while listening to the interviewer speak or while answering his questions. This not only indicates active listening and confidence, but is also psychologically linked with the perception of intelligence.

  • Practice good voice modulation.Voice modulation is the manner of speaking in which the loudness, pitch, or tone of the voice is modified. It is the delivery or manner of speaking, and this says a lot about a person. In an interview, it is important to have a clear and confident speaking voice. Avoid talking in a monotone voice but rather speak expressively when elaborating on one’s answers. Also, speaking too slow can be interpreted as the applicant having a hard time thinking of answers, while speaking too fast may indicate that the applicant is nervous.

  • Be concise, but do not use one-worded answers like “yes” or “no”. – It is important to elaborate your answers, as the interviewer will be assessing you based on your personality and/or your skills and experience. However, do not to take too long in explaining your answer for every question. Adversely, this may bore or irritate the interviewer and negatively affect his decision to hire you.

 

  1. Know how to “sell yourself”.

  • Emphasize what you can do for the company. – Show the interview what you have done in the past and what you can do in the future. Elaborate on your previous experiences and how you had solved issues or problems in your previous job. Additionally, you may mention ideas that will make a contribution to this new job.

  • Relate your answers to the job description that you are applying for. – This is important in order to show the interviewer that you are the best applicant for the position. You may place special emphasis on how your strengths match the job and how you will grow if given the position.

 

  1. Ask questions at the end of your interview.

  • Find out what they are looking for. – At the end of the interview, try to get the interviewer to talk about the job and the kind of applicant they are looking for. This gives the impression that you are amenable and adaptable to what they want.

  • Give the interviewer more insights about your personality. – Asking questions at the end of the interview not only shows dedication and interest, but also gives you the opportunity to converse with the interviewer and give them an insight on your personality. You may also ask for feedback on your interview in order to find out what you need to improve in.

Many of the advice given seems obvious, but a lot of the times applicants forgo the needed preparation that goes into an interview. With these simple yet effective tips, applying these can make all the difference between having to search for more opportunities or getting that job.

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Sources:

Forbes.com

Job-hunt.org

Businessinsider.com

Careerattraction.com