18 Tips to Handle Any Job Interview Successfully

Interviews have always been a nerve-racking experience. A situation where you are judged on your performance for a job.

Everybody gets the jitters when it comes to interviews. Relax! Don’t panic. You need to overcome the nervousness.

Job Interview Tips and advice Applicable to Any Job Seeker Looking for a Dream Job.

Irrespective of which career path you want to choose, below are the best tips to help you land your dream job.

Tips to Handle Any Job Interview Successfully

#1. Always do your homework well before walking into an interview. Make sure you have complete knowledge about the company and the role.

do your homework

Collect the basic facts about the company. This includes what kind of business they do, in what all areas they operate, how old are they, etc.

Read the job description very carefully and check if you fit into the role. You should apply for the job only if the job description matches your profile.

Get to know about the company culture. To do this, you can check reviews of the company over glassdoor website or you can visit ‘About us’ section on the company’s website.

Also, identify some the major competitors of the company and figure out what sets this company apart from its competitors.

#2. Know yourself. Remember the first impression is the last impression. Demonstrate your capabilities and qualities and how well you can serve them. Don’t be overconfident and aggressive. Research yourself, ask yourself what your objectives are, what short-term & long-term goals you have, know your CV and prepare your answers.

Know yourself

#3. You should know your competency and transferable skills. Competency skills are the skills matching your job profile and transferable skills are the ones which you have acquired through other jobs and personal activities.

Employers typically use some of the following as their key competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment to career
  • Commercial awareness
  • Career motivation
  • Decision-making
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Trustworthiness & Ethics
  • Results orientation
  • Problem-solving
  • Organisation
  • Top Technical Skills

#4. Social networking sites like Facebook, Linkedin, etc. can be used for work opportunities and converse with other people improving your interpersonal skills. You can learn a lot about the company over on online networks and blogs. You can visit Linkedin company page and employee profiles, corporate blogs and accounts on facebook and twitter.

#5. Be clear about what you want to achieve in life and about your career objective. It will keep you focused. You don’t have to do anything for the heck of it.

what you want to achieve

#6. Your CV is vital for a successful interview.

CV is vital

Never bluff, include all your skills and experience to give you a competitive edge.

#7. Prepare well for an interview. You can make notes of interview questions which are most likely to be asked. Practice your answers. This will boost your confidence.

#8. Work on your communication skills. Remember having a good technical knowledge without effective interpersonal skills will not take you anywhere. Be expressive and a good conversationalist. Dazzle the interviewers with eloquent speech.

Top 10 communication skills for workplace success are:

  • Listening
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Clarity and concision
  • Friendliness
  • Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Open-mindedness
  • Respect
  • Feedback
  • Picking the right medium

#9. Make sure you can support your strengths by giving examples. You can prepare before but don’t falter while talking. It will not create a good impression.

#10. When asked about your weaknesses, acknowledge them. If you are not able to describe your weaknesses, then it signifies that you lack self-awareness. You can’t be perfect in everything.

weaknesses

#11. Always be presentable while dressing for the interview. Your attire should be per the role, culture and yourself. Please, no tacky and brash clothing and accessories. You don’t need to be glammed up.

=> Check out this link. It gives a very useful tip on dressing up for an interview for both men and women.

12. Spend time on personal grooming. This will keep you calm. You don’t have to present yourself as a person full of nervous energy and fidgets.

#13. On the D day, relax. Be comfortable and wear a smile. And Voila! You will definitely crack the interview.

#14. Your body language is very important.

body language

Your facial expressions, hand movements, posture, voice, and pace should be in sync and send the same message that you want to convey.

#15. Don’t forget to make an eye contact. Your voice should be enthusiastic and do not stammer. Lack of enthusiasm will put off the interviewers.

#16. Keep all your documents well organized in a folder. Also, be on time, preferably 15 minutes before so you get time to settle down and calm your nerves.

#17. Interview manners are very important. Mind your manners, when it comes to interviews. Bad manners will definitely be a turn-off. Don’t bang the door, shake handily firmly, ask if you can take a seat, sit up straight and do not slouch.

Interview manners

Some basic interview manners include:

  • Be prompt when responding to an interview request.
  • Be on time for the interview.
  • Bring all supporting materials/ documents (as applicable)
  • Keep your mobile phone on silent or switched off during the interview so that your full attention is there.
  • At the closing, thank the interviewer for the time they spent interviewing with you.

#18. When asked about remuneration, you don’t have to be blunt. Instead, you can say that you expect a fair raise in terms of qualifications and experience proportionate with peers.

Now that you have some good interview tips. Be confident, gear up and don’t let yourself down. Remember this is not the end of life if you don’t get through to the process. It’s just an interview. Good Luck!

About the author: This article is written by STH team member Megha S – A Career Counselor.

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77 thoughts on “18 Tips to Handle Any Job Interview Successfully”

  1. hi i am 2013 B.E(CS) fresher ,i have given some 3 interviews up-til now..some two i went for second round but not got selected.. and i was attended last month one face to face interview they took about half an hour, in that two persons firing question at a time ..then i suddenly got nervous.. and so not did interview well ..so i felt very bad on that day.. my question is i will do some interviews good and some interviews not so good..so suggest me few tips to improve.

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  3. Thank you for your suggestion. I hope that I will be successful by following these techniques. I am already working in software company.

  4. very helpful tips.
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  5. hi i am 2015 B.E(CS) fresher ,i have given some 3 interviews up-til now..some two i went for second round but not got selected.. so i felt very bad on that day.. my question is i will do some interviews good and some interviews not so good..so suggest me few tips to improve.

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