- Research the company you are being interviewed for. One of the best ways to ace your job interview is to study the current events of the company. Knowing the current happenings of the company are key to being able to ask pertinent questions. Doing so will also show the interviewer that you have done your homework and have a genuine interest in the company.
- Know the job description of the position you are applying for. After securing the interview date, take the time to understand the position you want and what the interviewer is looking for. This will allow you to tailor the discussion to examples from your previous job that exemplifies your persona, and this will show your suitability.
- Highlight your skills with concrete examples. The interviewer wants to know you are hardworking, but it will be hard for him or her to believe you unless you prove it. Tell a story to highlight this point to prospective new employers. Don’t leave it to chance or imagination, explain in detail.
- Study your resume and know it well. As the author of your resume, you should know it like the back of your hand. In a job interview, anything on paper the interviewer has at his disposal to quiz you on. It is your responsibility to convince the interviewer that you can come in and do the job. Speaking intelligently and highly of your previous positions and experiences is the best way to ace your interview.
- Prepare an interview tool kit. Being prepared mentally is not the only thing necessary for an interview. Putting together a ‘job interview kit’ is a great strategy. This should include (but not be limited to) ample copies of your resume, bottled water, map, calculator, pens, and a notepad.
- Build rapport. Always make a great first impression. You will need to create a disarming persona for your interviewers. Be likeable, wear a smile, give a firm handshake, and try not to be nervous (usually very difficult). Get the conversation going with a “how are you doing?”, or a comment on the weather.
- Body language. Body language is a huge nonverbal communicator. It will communicate whether you are confident, relaxed, nervous, or unsure of yourself. To be successful, you must give off positive energy with your body language. Also, be sure to make eye contact. This can show whether you are weak or strong. This usually tells your interviewer you are confident, and you have high self-esteem.
- Follow up quickly. Immediately after the interview, send a handwritten thank you note. A handwritten note makes the meeting personal. Or email your interviewer, thanking them for their time to meet with you. Interviewers know exactly who sent them a note and who is really interested in the job.
If you follow these tips, you are well on your way in doing a great job of securing the dream job you’ve always wanted. Success is yours.
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Attended University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica, studying Information Technology, and Management. Was a Relationship Banker for 12 years. Joined Sutherland in March 2016 as a Candidate Experience Specialist. Sports enthusiast (Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, MMA, Athletics). Married for 13 years, and the father of three kids. In my spare time, I surf the internet, watching Motivational videos, and information on new technologies.