How to be Successful at Job interviews? Hey everyone, I hope you are doing well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a few tips on success in job interviews. I recently went to a career event where they gave me advice on how to be successful at job Interviews. Mind you. This is just a guide for a successful interview. However, I found them helpful and felt I should share them with you guys.
How To Be Successful At Job Interviews?
What Is An Interview?
An Interview is a conversation between you and an employer. It is your chance to show an employer what you can do for the company and why they hire you.
What To Expect At An Interview?
- There are usually 2 -3 people on the interview panel.
- They take about 30 – 45 minutes.
- The typical Interview structure includes – Introductions, Job Information, Interview Questions, Your Questions, and Wrap up.
- If you are nervous, remember the interviewers will probably be scared too!
How To Be Prepared For Interviews?
- Find out all you can about the job and the company. Read the job information, look at the company website, or talk to someone who works there. This shows you’re interested in working there.
- Have some answers prepared in advance. There are a few commonly used interview questions: Tell me about yourself/your current job and your strengths and weaknesses.
- Please take a copy of your application/CV; it isn’t an exam, and you don’t have to memorise it.
- Aim to arrive 10 minutes early (early is always better than late)
What To Wear To An Interviews?
- Dress smartly. Aim for a slightly more intelligent version of what people who work there wear
- Iron clothes, clean and polished shoes
- Keep make and jewellery simple – less is more.
- Be professional
- Lay clothes out the night before and make sure they fit
Answering Interview Questions
Be an interview STAR and use the STAR technique to tell the interviewer about tasks or projects you have been involved in
- S – What was the situation?
- T – What was the task?
- A – What action did you take?
- R – What was the overall result?
Work examples are great, but if you haven’t had a job, use experiences from school, hobbies, work experience or unpaid work.
Some Extra Interview Tips
- Keep to the point – put across what you want to say, but don’t waffle
- Tell the interview panel what YOU did, not what we did.
- Stick to the truth and talk about your actions – it’s hard to remember a lie.
- Ask for questions to be repeated or rephrased if you need to
- Silence is customary – if you’ve said all you want to say for a particular question, don’t keep talking to fill a silence.
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Leave An Interview With An Impression
- Ask Questions if you want, for example, what development opportunities are here, tell me about the team I would be working with, and what projects/tasks are coming up shortly.
- Shake hands and always thank the interviewers for their time
- Ask when you will hear the outcome.
What If You Don’t Get The Job?
- Do not be dishearted, and everyone gets knocked back.
- Ask for feedback on how your interview went and what you can do to improve next time.
- Write down the questions you were asked after you leave and use these to prepare answers for your following interview – you will probably be asked similar questions.
- Learn from the experience, and you’ll improve next time around.
I hope you find this helpful as I did, and
Good luck with your interview!
I think that we have to be careful while the interview. What’s more, we should consider all the answers in advance. Success is what we need.
When I went on interviews when I was younger, they made me so anxious. I was always taught to be humble and bragging about what I had done and achievements made me feel so uncomfortable. But after enough interviews and some rejections you develop a tougher skin and it helps to see it as yourself interviewing the company too to see if it’s a good fit
These interview tips are on target. Being on time is one of the most critical things potential employers look out for. Using the STAR technique is also great information job seekers can use to show their strengths. I laughed when you shared that the interviewers can be nervous, too :). Excellent post!
Great advice. Something I learned awhile back from an interview course I took was that sparkly jewelry was a “no-no”…not sure why though! I guess, like you said, keep it simple!
My cousin sis would be landing her first job and she has a couple of interviews lined up. I think I must share these tips with her! 🙂
I’m going to pass this info onto my daughter, who will be applying for jobs for the first time next month! It’s so important to know what you’re doing before you step in the door.
I haven’t been to a job interview in many years! This is a great refresher course!
Being able to nail the interview is what can go the distance. Be professional, but also show your personality.
I waited an hour and 15 minutes past the time I should have been interviewed for a job then I left thinking why would I work for a place that can’t even see me on time. How long would you have waited if it was the only interview you had?
Wow, this is pretty thorough and has a lot of points I wouldn’t have even thought of. Like to be comfortable with silence and just say what you want to say. I probably would have tried to go on and on if they didn’t say anything and mess things up. Plus, I NEVER think of the interviewer as being nervous!
Great article! Interviews are always so nerve wracking but with great tips like this it can ease the anxiety that comes along with interviewing for a job. I like the STAR technique. This is a great way to remember to stay on topic and focused when getting asked situational questions.
Your post is definitely going to help those who are looking to be successful during their interviews. I can still remember my first interview. I thought it was a disaster. But somehow I got the job.
These are really great tips that I’m sure will come in handy one day! I didn’t know about STAR, but those are good points and it makes sense!
These are such great interviewing tips for people who are looking for change up their career, or who are seeking to launch a new one. Thank for sharing!
I didn’t know about the Star Technique. It looks very useful especially for fresh graduates. I hope it helps!
Making sure clothes fit is a good one. You assume they do, but I just put on my outfit for my big meeting (I almost didn’t, I never do that) and I gained weight over the summer so it feels too tight!
Erica (The Prepping Wife)
I love these tips! I’ve always been extremely nervous in job interviews. I’m terrible with public speaking, and I feel like interviews are kind of along the same lines. Not necessarily a conversation. But that is a great way to think about it. I’m just going to meet new people and have a conversation. It is so easy to get worked up over an interview, so this post is very helpful. I’ve been reading about a few people I follow on Twitter going for interviews lately, and I’ll be sharing this post with them to help relax them and boost their confidence!
I didn’t know this point ”if you are nervous, remember the interviewers will probably be nervous too!” But I already noticed during my job interviews once or twice that the interviewers were quite restless and I thought to myself ”what’s happening, I am the interviewee or the applicant here and not the other way round.” Anyway, I’ve been in many job interviews in 3 years and that experience doesn’t even console me to be always prepared before the interview.
I LOVE the Star technique! Great tips! I was once told, the best way to talk about yourself during an interview is to talk the same way you would talk about your best friend 🙂 Great post!
Elizabeth | Tired Mom Supermom
These are great tips. Job interviews get me super nervous! I always study interview tips before I have to face one myself. Thank you for this
Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women
This is a really good guide to assisting interviewees to prepare as it is simple and easy to follow. Good or experienced interviewers are usually well practised at putting candidates at ease, which in turn makes the discussion flow more naturally. A relaxed atmosphere is always best for both parties to have the best interaction and exchange of information.
When I was younger, I had no idea how to get through an interview and simply got myself worked up. Having a set process like this will really help people. I love the STAR technique.
These are really great tips! I used to interview people regularly (when I worked in the finance world), and it was unbelievable how many people came in unprepared, under dressed, and gave 1-2 word answers. I’ll be sharing this so others can improve their interviewing skills!
I’ve never heard of the STAR technique, but I love it. This is my 23rd year at the same place, so I haven’t interviewed for a long time. Your advice is very helpful to anyone looking for a new position.
Scott J DeNicola
As someone who has gone through quite a few interviews in my life and now am the interviewer, these points are dead on. Definitely learn what you can about the company and have questions. I won’t even consider someone if they haven’t at least learned what we do. I don’t expect them to know everything but a general idea is nice to show initiative. Love the STAR technique as well. I would also send a thank you note to further enforce interest.
D'ondra M Howard
I remember going through this process and these tips are spot on.
Kendall Delayne | Fueled by Caffeine and Cuss Words
These are some great tips! I always get so nervous when I go in for an interview and end up making it super awkward. I will be remembering the STAR tip for my next interview! Thanks!
I used to interview people at my old job so I can say that your tips are right now! Definitely prepare the answers ahead of time using the STAR model!
Jen @ Jenron Designs
I have been on both sides of this coin. When I was young the one attending the interview now as an employer I administer them. These are all very good points and we certainly help any new candidate in the process, another good tip is to be comfortable with yourself and certain amount of confidence is a good thing, but being over confident is not.
Interviews always gave me jitters. I have been out of the interview phase for a while, SAHM. But when I go back I plan to use the tips you gave. Thanks
I’ve never heard of the STAR method I definitely want to learn more about that. I learned how to interview through pageants! It’s such a great way to practice.
I love the STAR method. I always heard the KISS method: keep it simple stupid! LOL but I am not sure if I am saying it correctly. Anyways, love this post and love interviews in general! they always give me an adrenaline rush and makes me feel confident!
These are wonderful tips! I’ve always found that preparation on your end really helps during an interview because it really helps in conversation & shows that you really have interest in the opportunity! Arriving early is also very important!
-Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com
My husband does a lot of resume and interviewing workshops and one thing he suggests is going to interviews even when you don’t really want the job so you get experience interviewing. He also does lots of mock interviews to get people thinking about questions and how to answer them.
These tips come in the perfect moment. I have already been to a job interview, but I have to admit that I was very nervous. I will follow these tips and let’s see what happen in the next interview 🙂
These are some really great tips for those getting into the workforce or plan on changing jobs or careers!