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I have interviews coming up, what are tips to help me do well?

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Last Updated: 01/03/2022 at 5:39am
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October 3rd, 2014 10:47pm
Interviews can be scary, no doubt about it. Here are a few tips that I found useful: 1. Do a bit of background research on the company or organization that you are having the interview with, nearly every interview I have had one of the questions they have asked is "what do you know about the company?" or "why would you like to work with this company?". 2. I would highly recommend not eating a huge meal before going in for an interview, the last thing you want to feel before going in is bloated. 3. I've found doing practice interviews with friends and family before the actual interview helpful. This is because with practice interviews, you can get an idea as to how an interview would work and get some positive feedback to help you in the real thing. 4. Write down or make a note of all the things you would like to say in the interview to help you to remember. 5. As hard as this sounds, try not to get too nervous or worked up before going in, you're more likely to trip over your words or forget what you need to say. 6. Try not to wear clothes that are too tight, revealing or baggy as ideally you want to look professional (dependent on what type of job you are going after) 7. Drink some water before going into the interview, helps to prevent your mouth getting too dry. And finally, Stay positive, tell yourself that you can do it! And if you are sadly unsuccessful for the job you can still be positive by saying to yourself "At least I've had practice with an interview and have better understanding of what to expect for other interviews!"
September 11th, 2014 1:09pm
I would say the biggest tip i could give you would be to prepare before you go. Read about the company/organisation you are looking to work in as they may ask you what you know about the role. Also try to think of examples when you've been able to communicate well and working as part of a team etc. Good luck. You'll be fantastic.
September 15th, 2014 5:31pm
-Give a firm handshake -Make and hold eye contact with your interviewers -Smile -Speak confidently and enunciate your words -Sit up straight and don't fidget - look professional, even in your attire
September 21st, 2014 10:18pm
Just breathe and be yourself. Some practice questions in the mirror to help them prepare. Ask some questions to the interviewer about the company.
September 25th, 2014 3:27am
Practice! The key to acing that interview is to practice. I have extreme interviewing anxiety and I get really nervous whenever I have an interview. And the way I got around that anxiety was to practice. Depending on what kind of interview this is for, try searching through Google for sample questions and tips. Be prepared! Formulate answers to generic questions, such as "tell me about yourself." When you meet the person who will interview you, offer a handshake right away and make sure it is a firm handshake and make eye contact when you introduce yourself. Sound confident in yourself and you will come across as confident even if you are really nervous on the inside! And SMILE! Smile as much as you can!
October 17th, 2014 4:57am
Think of possible questions they might ask you and also questions you want to ask. It could be both personal and technical. Learn more about the background of the company/school/employer whatever you're applying for. Practice with a friend or someone experienced or knowledgable in the field. Rest up the night before!
October 23rd, 2014 9:31pm
Be confident, take your time when answering questions, dress for the occasion, and be polite and professional!
October 25th, 2014 6:21pm
Go over potential questions you may be asked, maybe have a friend or family member do mock interviews with you so you know what to expect
October 28th, 2014 12:22am
If you get nervous, try to breathe and relax. Be confident about your skills, because you were chose to do an interview because of them from among a group of candidates. Be you! because you do not want to be hired for being someone you are not.
October 31st, 2014 4:07pm
Be confident and believe in yourself! You have it in you do make it if you believe in that. Don't let fear get the best of you. Also wear smart clothes ;)
November 2nd, 2014 11:15pm
Always go in with a positive attitude and your head up and be prepared to answer whatever questions they ask you.
May 14th, 2015 2:00am
Some quick tips: 1) Dress well - you should look professional, clothes should fit you & be wrinkle-free. You should also feel comfortable in what you're wearing, if you feel uncomfortable it can translate to your mannerisms & your interviewer may be able to pick up on it. 2) Research the company - know what they do, their mission statement, & prepare a few questions you'd like to ask (both about the job itself & the company). 3) Aim to be there 5-10 minutes before for interview - showing up late or too early will indicate poor planning & inconvenience your potential employer. If you think you'll have trouble finding the place & are extra nervous you can do a test-run the day before to figure out exactly how long it takes to get there. In addition to being impressive on their own, those 3 things will make you feel more secure. Then that confidence will manifest itself in your interview & you'll do better.
November 3rd, 2014 11:23pm
You'll hear this all the time but be yourself. Dress with individuality and formality. Be polite and well mannered. Prepare yourself with answers to questions you'll be expecting before hand. Have a good nights sleep. Treat yourself to a coffee, retail therapy or something you enjoy beforehand in order to calm your nerves. I hope I helped.
November 6th, 2014 9:01pm
Well done for getting an interview! Always dress smart and appropriately and maintain good and open posture/body language. Remember to make eye contact and just relax and be yourself, hopefully it will turn out well and you may even get the job. If not, never mind, use it as practice for the next interview.
November 12th, 2014 12:51am
Be confident, be yourself, make sure you've researched the business or organisation you're going to an interview for, always prepare questions at the end for the interviewer to show you're interested and try and be as clear as you can in your speech while remaining good eye contact.
April 9th, 2015 2:54pm
Practice, practice, practice. Additionally, give yourself a lot of self assurance, praise yourself so that you feel confident. Be calm, confident and be yourself.
May 28th, 2015 4:30am
That is very exciting! I have many tips, though i have a link to a website that will explain them to you in a lot more detail: I hope this helps :)
September 1st, 2015 5:41pm
Research about the company, remember employers like someone who actual knows about the company. ASK QUESTIONS! This is important because you want to know what you're going to be doing and your future at the place. Also, keep in mind your fit because this is also their interview for you. Good luck and don't stress too much!
October 26th, 2015 11:58pm
Prepare well, have a good night's sleep before the interview. Just before the interview take a deep breath or possibly practice some breathing exercise to relax your mind, be positive and give your best shot.
November 3rd, 2015 1:12pm
I have only been for one interview but I did get the job. Just be yourself. Be honest but try to focus on the positive.. If you know you have an organization problem but you know you're good at analyzing things then focus on how good you are. Don't constantly obsess over how you look, Pretend your confident for a moment. Keep eye contact as much as you need. And most important of all.. Breathe! :)
January 23rd, 2018 12:51am
You need to realize you're a valuable asset to the company you're applying for. You need to know this job would grow with someone as amazing as you, and that will show in your character during the interview and it'll show itself as confidence during the interview. I've landed every interview I've had since I've found that little secret and so can you. Just remember you rock and they need you!
February 15th, 2016 12:41pm
Mentally prepare yourself for the interview by going through common questions that are asked, you can also try to do a ''high power pose'' right before the interview. A high power pose is a pose where you take up as much space as possible (try holding your hands up to the side for a couple of minutes), will make you feel more confident. Try to remember that you're there to offer them something, not the other way around. Your interview will go great!
July 4th, 2016 1:09pm
When I've looked for positions before and particularly when I was offered an interview, I read as much as I could about the agency. What they do, what their policies are, what their community involvement is, their products or services, etc. Ask yourself questions such as if you were doing the hiring for this company, what kind of questions would you ask the interviewee, and then prepare for your interview by answering these questions that you've prepared to possibly be asked. Above all, let go of any attitude of I'll never get it. That can show in our tone of voice, and in our body language. Don't be afraid to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. I've had more than one employer ask about my weaknesses and strengths. They wanted honesty, yet my ability to recognize my limitations and assets.
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August 22nd, 2016 7:03am
Be confident and honest. Always say you will love to learn and grow. Don't forget to dress to impress and be polite.
July 18th, 2017 9:09pm
Study the company and learn their unique culture. Always go to the interview prepared with resume/portfolio in hand and prepare questions to ask them ahead of time. Remember that you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!
August 7th, 2017 5:25pm
Consider how you'll explain problematic aspects of your career, such as gaps in your work history. Identify the skills, interests and experiences that the organisation is looking for by looking at its website and social media channels.
May 15th, 2018 9:08pm
Be prepared, be well-groomed, be polite to everyone. In addition to being qualified for a position, employers or other interviewers look for candidates who have interpersonal skills. That doesn’t mean you have to be an extrovert but it does mean you should exercise consideration for those around you. A personal rule I loke to follow is: Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.
October 9th, 2018 3:27am
You need to check the company that you are getting in to, their history, success, and downfalls, prepare for the question, practice alone, and review the job description you are applying into. It is paramount that you get enough sleep before you go to an interview, lack of sleep will make your mind sloppy. Eat healthy food in the morning. Relax and don't get nervous before or during interview, act normal but not too confident. Nervous makes your mind panicky and most of the time sloppy. Start your day with optimism and smile and don't be afraid. "I can do it!".
September 10th, 2019 6:12am
One of the things I've noticed when entering the reality of jobs is that standards are of maximum importance. What do I mean by this? As the majority of people is always afraid, they start pretending they are something they are not, and my advice for you is to be yourself instead. Talk with enthusiasm with the things you love the most, share your perspective on things and how you feel. Ultimately, people don't want a robot, and if you allow yourself not to be afraid and actually have standards by cultivating some respect for others while not neglecting your own right to an opinion or anything else, then there's nothing for you to worry about.
April 28th, 2020 11:24pm
Read and ask people about the company and position you are interviewing for. Practice some questions with yourself or with someone, but be ready for unpredicted questions - try to always be positive, grateful, and motivated in your answers. Dress adequately, sleep, and eat well in the days before the interview. Show up 10 minutes before the interview (don't be late! But showing up too early is not good either). If you are late, try to contact the interviewer ahead of time. Try to smile naturally, and speak in a clear manner. Ask questions about the job if you have any - this shows you are interested in the job. Good luck!