how to ace an interview every single time.
Updated: Jun 25
Interviews are a scary and daunting process for anyone, even seasoned pro's. Hopefully, these tips and tricks will calm your nerves so you can walk in (and out) with confidence.
Make sure the job you're applying for is within your capabilities. Don't apply for a sous chef position at a Michelin star restaurant if your only experience is babysitting on the weekends. Applying for a full-time job where you have little to no experience in that field will make the interview awkward.
If you are applying for a job for the first time or are new to the industry, make sure it's an entry-level or junior position where experience isn't necessarily required.
research, research, research.
Look up the company beforehand, at least for surface-level knowledge. Make sure you know what the company does, who they work with or for, the names of the people at the top, or who will be running the department you would be going into. If you want you can research further and look them up on social media to see how active they are, whether they communicate with specific individuals or companies; anything that you notice may be worth noting down.
Make sure you have read into what your company role entails and what is expected of you. The company will want to see interest in the role so know it inside-out.
Make sure you have something to eat and drink before you get to the interview. There's nothing worse than an embarrassing tummy rumble or an incredibly dry mouth to avert your attention elsewhere. You will probably be feeling nervous and butterflies with an empty stomach may make you feel ill.
memorise your CV.
Most of the interview will be referencing the CV you applied to the job with, so you need to know it better than them. Make sure you haven't lied, or even exaggerated your skills, education, or experience.
Your CV is the paper version of you, an accurate representation of your personality and professional experience. If you've put on there that you're outgoing and humourous, turning up to the interview with your head hanging and mumbling your words won't reflect accurately and the interviewees may favour other candidates.
look the part.
The way you dress will be the first impression the interviewer gets of you before you open your mouth. Don't let yourself down by turning up in jeans and last nights club shoes. You don't have to wear a suit or 6-inch heels - however I'm a firm believer in "dress for the job you want" - but make sure you are wearing smart attire. Smart suit trousers, an appropriate length skirt or dress with a smart shirt or blouse are perfect. You may be walking up stairs or in front of a lot of people so keep the shoes smart but sensible - and make sure you wear them in if they're new!
If this is your first interview or you're not sure what to expect, then look up popular interview questions and people's responses to those. Make sure you adapt your response to the position being offered and try not to memorise it, just know the main points.
An interviewer may end the interview with "Do you have any questions for us?" It's always good to ask something as it shows your receptiveness to them and the company and gives you a chance to clear up any confusion you may have with the application. Asking about a typical day for someone in the position you've applied for is a great starter question as it shows your seriousness in working for them.
don't sweat the small stuff.
Most important of all, don't panic. It's easier said than done but get in the mindset of 'what's the worst that could happen?' No one's going to report you to the authorities if you mess up, your reputation in that industry is not in tatters, the only one that cares is you. There's always another job, another interview, and more nervousness to come.
Take a deep breath. You've got this.
What are your top tips for a successful interview?
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