I want to start this article by telling you that being prepared for a job interview is not only about being qualified or being able to answer the questions well. Yes, your qualifications are of huge importance. Knowing how to handle the questions makes a huge impact. However, the little things matter as well. It is important to be fully prepared for the day of your interview so make sure you don’t overlook the simple details.
Job interview tips and tricks to help you. First of all, you will need to dress well. Looking well-groomed will help you make a positive first impression. Your attire should look professional. Even if the office you’re applying to does not have a dress code, you should still look polished. Don’t wear something too casual. Do some research beforehand and make sure that you wear something that’s appropriate for the job you’re interviewing for.
Next, come on time and come prepared. Be there at least 15-20 minutes before your schedule. This way, you’ll have just enough time to compose yourself. Arriving too early is not recommended because it gives the impression that you don’t respect your hiring manager’s time. Hence, it is best to come in several minutes before the interview begins. In addition to that, you should always come prepared. Bring resume copies even if you were not told to do so. If you have a portfolio or other materials to present, see to it that they’re complete and organized. You’ll never know when these documents can come in handy so it’s always better to have them with you.
Another thing that you should be aware of is your body language. You may not realize it but your gestures are easily noticed by your interviewer. Try not to be too fidgety even if you are nervous. Sit up straight but be comfortable as well. Be natural with your hand gestures and avoid distracting movements. Making eye contact is also important. Establish eye contact when you are answering the interviewer’s questions. However, there are some interviewers and hiring managers who choose to take down notes while you answer. So in that case, just go on an answer the questions to the best of your ability.
And speaking of answering questions, you should also remember that it is perfectly acceptable to pause and think. Take a few moments to gather your thoughts before you answer a question. The interviewer does not expect you to give automatic answers. So, pause for a few moments and compose the answer in your mind. It is better to do this than to give a half-baked answer right away. Sometimes, when a job applicant answers right away, he or she tends to miss out some important details.
Making mistakes during a job interview cannot be avoided so the best thing to do is know how to handle them. Don’t overthink the situation. As much as you can, try to make up for your shortcomings later on in the interview. If you were not able to answer one question well, then try to find a way to incorporate your answer in the next question. You can also politely ask the interviewer if you can add something to your previous answer. Whatever happens in a job interview, always remember to carry yourself with confidence. If you need more additional tips, you can also read my previous post about why you should send a thank you email. Good luck!