Let’s face it; we all need jobs. Whether you want to be a babysitter, a banker, or even a doctor — a job interview is part of the process. For most, the interview process can be stressful and even a little scary.
To help put you at ease, we’ve made a list of the top interview tips from recruiters.
With these tricks in mind, you can easily prepare yourself for a job interview that will leave the interviewer impressed.
Always do some research before your interview
“Before your interview, always do your research! Go to the company’s website, and click their ‘about page.’ Familiarize yourself with the company’s mission statement or corporate values. If you can, think of the ways you embody them.
After you’ve explored the website, Google the company, and find any current news articles. You’ll want to be up-to-date with any goings-on. Your company knowledge will impress your interviewer and show your interest.
Lastly, if you know who will be interviewing you beforehand, look them up on LinkedIn. Getting to know their background may help with talking points and help you feel more at ease.”
– G. Gonzales, Engineer
Don’t be shy — know yourself and your accomplishments
“You might be surprised to hear that after creating a resume, many applicants forget their background information or get embarrassed when it comes time for an interview. Don’t be shy! Know yourself and your accomplishments. Be proud of things you’ve done and confidently share your work history.
If you’re worried about forgetting things, keep a copy of your resume out after you offer copies to your interviewer(s). They obviously don’t want you to read directly from it, but if you happen to glance down for reference a time or two, you won’t be faulted.”
– J. Haffner, Mortgage Broker
Practice, practice, practice
“Like most other things in life, practice makes perfect. While you won’t be able to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked during an interview, you can find lists to practice online. Enlist a friend or family member to ‘quiz’ you until you feel confident.
Remember, you’ve been asked to interview because they liked your resume and think you might be a good fit for the company. So, now you just have to sell yourself, and confidence is key.”
– B. Ayo, Principal
Give yourself time
“You’d be surprised how many people show up late to their interviews. This usually happens because they’re rushing and trying to make everything perfect all at once. Take your time. Set out your freshly pressed clothes and anything you’re taking to the interview the night before.
On the day of the interview, give yourself extra time to get there. If it’s a 15-minute drive, give yourself 30-minutes, just in case. You’re going to need to park, walk to the building, and maybe give yourself a little pep-talk before walking inside – so give yourself extra time.”
– T. Willis, Marketing Manager
Relax and be yourself
“You’ve been invited to interview for a reason! They already like you, so relax. Be yourself and let your personality shine. There’s no need to fake who you are, the company will want to see the real you as that is who they are hiring.
Don’t pretend to be something you are not and don’t try to oversell yourself to them. Interviews are just professional conversations. They’re an opportunity for you to highlight your work experience and qualifications to determine if you would be a good fit for your new potential employer.”
– M. Sanchez, General Manager
When preparing for an interview, don’t overthink it. With the tips above, you have all the tools you need to ace your interview.
Remember to be yourself, and don’t get too excited. After all, you’re just having a conversation, and it’s all about you! Good luck out there!