How to nail an Interview | Top 10 tips and tricks to ace your job interview
Here are the top 10 tricks and tips to nail an interview. An interview is the most important part of the hiring process and of your life too. It can change your life completely in both ways. To ace your job interview, follow these top 10 tips and tricks and nail your interview.
- Research the company you are interviewing for
- Make Eye contact
- Study your resume
- Know the job description of the position you are applying for
- Display your skills with concrete examples
- Create a strong first impression
- Be prepared for small talk
- Body language
- Be prepared with questions
- Follow-up with the interviewer
1-Research the company you are interviewing for
One of the best ways to ace your job interview is to do research on the company you are interviewing for. Get to know about the company, it’s mission, vision, short term, and long term goals. The first question in an interview is usually about the company like what do know about THE COMPANY? Doing research will show the interviewer that you have done your homework and have a genuine interest in the company.
2- Make Eye Contact
It is very important to make eye contact with the interviewer. You must look in the eyes of the interviewer during the whole interview. Eye contact is a sign that the person is confident enough to talk to people and give his or her thoughts and perspective. Some people have an issue that they are unable to make eye contact. The easiest way to improve this is by talking to yourself in the mirror. This might help you build confidence with practice. As they say, “Practice makes a man perfect”, and women too.
3-Study your resume
The next thing you must do is study your resume or CV. Most importantly NEVER LIE IN YOUR RESUME. Many people do that. They write about the skills or hobbies they don’t have, and the interviewers are qualified enough to judge in the interview whether you are what you say about yourself. Do not write anything you don’t about. I know many people just copy-paste objectives, skills, etc. Never do that. Study your resume well.
4-Know the job description of the position you are applying for
After getting an interview, you need to study the job description of the position you’re applying for. Study it thoroughly and imagine that you are an interviewer and you need to hire someone, that certain someone must be able to do these tasks. Right?
So, as an interviewee, you must know that you are able to perform the job perfectly. You cannot say that I’ll learn with time, No, you’re not applying for an internship. You are applying for a paid job so you must know and have faith in yourself that you can do this job. Then you’ll be able to convince the interviewer that you’re the right person for the job.
5-Display your skills with concrete examples
Instead of saying I can do this, I can do that… Display your skills with concrete examples. Just imagine you are applying for a Graphic Designer job. You cannot say, Hey! I can do graphic design, I can make logos or I can make this. No one is going to hire you because they just believe your words. No, they will need proof. So, you’ll need a portfolio. Develop your portfolio. If you are a graphic designer, create your portfolio at Behance.
You can check mine for samples. Click here
If you are a content writer, start writing blogs. If you don’t have a website, write for someone else’s website. Want to start now? Go to WRITE FOR US page and write away.
Display your skills with projects, so revise the list of projects you have done before going to the interview.
6-Create a strong first impression
As they say, “The first impression is the last impression”
But the question is How can you create a strong first impression? Here’s the answer.
- Always knock the door and ask permission before entering.
- Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake with a pleasant smile.
- Wait for them to ask you to sit, instead of rushing to the chair.
- Clean the sweat on your face with tissue paper before entering the room.
- You can start by asking how he or she is doing.
7-Be prepared for small talk
Small talk at the beginning of an interview can help you build rapport with the interviewer. Identify any new stories or events related to the company and give your meaningful thoughts about it. Try to find the topic you both may be interested in to develop a connection with the interviewer.
Body language is one of the most important factors in the interview. Interviewers observe your body language throughout the interview. So try to give positive vibes through your body language. Sit up straight and listen to every word of the interviewer. Clicking pen or looking here and there isn’t professional at all. Your body language tells whether a person is confident, nervous, or serious about the interview.
9-Be prepared with questions
Be prepared to ask one or two questions at the end of the interview. It’ll show that you are really interested in and looking forward to working with the company.
10-Follow-up with the interviewer
After the interview, send a handwritten note to the interviewer. It’ll get you more personal with the interviewer. If you don’t know the address, try to get one or you can send an email. Interviewers know exactly who sent them a note and who didn’t.
Did any of these tips and tricks help you in you interview? Do let me know in the comments or connect with me