Nailing a job interview: top 6 dos and don’ts

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would ask you in your next interview? Unfortunately can’t read minds; but we have come up with top 6 dos and don’ts to help you nail a job interview:

DOS

Be prepared: come along with all the materials you will require. You must also have all the necessary information about the company you are applying to. Also, prepare questions of your own as good job candidates want to know that the company they are applying for is suitable for them

Be confident: Get it together and feel free. Begin your introduction with a firm and not an overpowering handshake. It’s important that you get to the venue early so as to get familiar with the environment, it will get you relaxed compared to when you’re in a rush.

Be engaging: Maintain eye contact with your interviewer and get involved with him/her as often as possible. An eye contact helps show confidence as well as connects you with the interviewer. Remember the interviewers name and use it to stay engage during your interview session.

Be careful: Avoid rushing, be calm when you speak so you don’t mix things up as this might be the only opportunity you get in order to convince your prospective employer that you are the right person for the job.

Be outgoing: Get relaxed and engage and don’t underestimate the power of personal connection. You can connect with your interviewer in a personal way and he might just feel you’ll be a wonderful person to have around. That in turn, gives you an edge.

Don’ts

Don’t be late: Time is of the essence when trying to ace an interview. Arrive at the venue at least 15-20 minutes before time. This will help you relax and even get familiar with the environment, it can as well keep you focused on the interview.

Don’t be pushy about salary: Don’t place much prominence on salary as anything regarding salary will be discussed once the employer is sold on you as a candidate. So, be patient and watchful about questions relating to salary.

Don’t talk too much: Talk when you need to talk not when you want to talk. Answer questions fluently and concisely however, you’ll have to give interviewers the opportunity to interrupt.

Don’t exaggerate: Be positive, honest and stick to the abilities you possess not the once you wish you had. You don’t need to go to the extreme just because you want to please your interviewer, stick to the truth and what you know.

Don’t over or under dress: You need to maintain and strike that balance. The company might have a certain standard, simply follow that standard and if they don’t then follow your instincts but don’t over or under dress as your appearance alone goes a long way in keeping you on track. When you dress well you feel good with yourself.

 

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