6 Ways to Ace an Interview
Ace your next interview with these six practical tips.
We all need to brush up on our interview skills from time to time. You may be looking for a new job, applying for a promotion, switching careers within your organization, or pitching your services to a new client.
Good preparation is essential for a successful interview.
Try to find out in advance about the interview's format. How many people will you be seeing? Will you have to take any tests?
The more you know, the more confident you'll feel.
If you're applying to work for a new organization, research its mission and its corporate culture. Think about your interviewer or client as an individual. Find out what you can about him or her, and learn about any major successes he's had recently.
Read the job description again, carefully. Think about what tough questions you may be asked and rehearse your answers.
Put together some questions of your own. What do you really want to know about the organization and your potential role within it? What do you hope to experience? And what could cause problems?
Ask a friend or colleague to act as the interviewer and role-play the situation until you feel confident.
When it's time for the real thing, show up looking polished and professional. Lay out your outfit the night before and make sure it's clean and pressed.
If you're taking a portfolio or examples of your work, pack them in advance, along with extra copies of your resumé.
And don't be late! Plan your journey well and leave in good time.
When you arrive, try to make a great first impression with everyone you meet. Treat everyone as though they might be your interviewer. Smile and be polite.
Think of your interview as a conversation, not an interrogation.
Ask the questions you have prepared, but remember – a first interview is generally not the best time to ask about salary and benefits.
Pay attention to your body language. Maintain eye contact, offer a firm handshake and sit comfortably – but confidently – in your chair. Try not to fidget, as it can signal that you're nervous.
To learn more about interview skills and how to follow up after your interview, read the article that accompanies this video.