5 Job Interview Tips to Keep in Mind No Matter What Job You’re Interviewing For
Job interviewers have a way of asking questions that can throw you off balance if you’re not prepared to answer.
When you’re a job applicant on a search for steady, full time employment, you want to do all you can to make a good impression when you go on your interviews. One of those company’s job interviewer will probably end up deciding who your future employer will be. The interviewer has a lot of power.
But you as the job applicant can learn to have a lot more influence over whether or not you get hired. You can increase your odds of securing a job, no matter what kind of job you’re interviewing for. All you have to do is remember the 5 job interview tips that I discuss further down the page.
Prepare for Interviews
Before we start counting down the 5 useful tips that can help on an interview, I want to mention some basics that we often overlook. A huge oversight can often be the failure to properly prepare for interviews. Let’s face it, job interviews can be extremely nerve wracking for most folks. Even when the interviewer is not all that intimidating, we can still get stuck when giving a response. Not because you don’t have an answer, but simply because you weren’t prepared, so you don’t give a meaningful answer.
A job interview shouldn’t just be about getting a company to like you, it should also be about getting a company you like.
One common mistake that I used to make when interviewing for various jobs, was forgetting to check the company out, at the same time they were checking me out. A job interview shouldn’t just be about getting a company to like you, it should also be about getting a company you like. That means you should be just as interested in what they have to offer, and not simply the salary and company benefits. Making an effort to find out about a company will benefit you in more than one way. Even though the thought of doing this sounds tedious, don’t put it off!
“When you procrastinate, you might feel better on the short-term, but you will suffer in the long-term.”
If you take some time to do a little research on the company you plan on interviewing for, you won’t regret it. Don’t just think about looking the company up; actually do it. In the past, I used to tell myself not to forget to research potential employers. But all I did was procrastinate until the last minute, and before I knew it, I was sitting in the interview, basically unprepared.
On more than one occasion, I experienced what Darius Foroux talked about in his Medium story about procrastination and the negative results. According to Forous, “When you procrastinate, you might feel better on the short-term, but you will suffer in the long-term.” Doing your homework on a company you plan to work for might help you land the job. It might also prevent you from accepting a job that you feel the need to walk away from later.
Another way to find out more about the company is to have some probing questions in mind for the interview. Don’t ask questions that are generic in nature and are probably common knowledge about the company. I had to learn this lesson over and over again.
I’ve always been good at small talk, so I know how to engage in conversation, but that isn’t the purpose of an interview. Medium story writer DJ Chung wrote a piece titled: How to make it easy for others to help you in your job search and he made an interesting point. Chung mentioned how:
“…a back and forth exchange can lead to a mutually beneficial relationship rather than a one time interaction.”
Although you don’t want to be overbearing and take control of the interview, you shouldn’t feel shy about asking legitimate questions about your future place of employment.
I used to always find myself clamming up on job interviews, particularly when the interviewer threw me a thought provoking question that I didn’t expect. But eventually, I began to realize that the same few questions were often being asked by all the interviewers, even though they were simply worded differently.
I dissected the questions, in order to narrow down the main focus of what they were asking and determined what the interviewers wanted. Then, I made myself some mental footnotes as an extension of my resume. The 5 tips below are what I concluded to be the most helpful points to remember for job interviewing.
5 Job Interview Tips
This advice can help, regardless of what type of job that you are interviewing for.
1 Do not pad your resume so that it contains a long list of “experience” that you clearly do not have. Some people think it’s okay to lie about your work experience, in order to get a job, but if you can’t really perform the work, what is the point? Don’t bomb an interview by lying and trying to make yourself look better. The job interviewer can usually tell when you lie about a job related question.
2 Be prepared to share information about your past contributions to the previous companies you worked for. In other words, give EXAMPLES of how your actions contributed to the value and betterment of your previous employers. If you cite 3 employers on your resume, have 3 examples prepared.
3 Remember to be YOURSELF and allow your true personality to shine through. Employers are looking to hire confident people who are comfortable with themselves and others. Let them see who you are, and make them aware of how eager you are to learn what you don’t already know!
4 Have your own questions prepared (in mind), and ask the meaningful questions that don’t relate to salary and company benefits. If they haven’t already asked where you see yourself in the company, in 5-years, tell them anyway.
5 Don’t badmouth your former company, boss, or even your former co-workers, no matter what; even if the interviewer seems like they might be sympathetic to your previous situation.
These 5 interview tips may sound too simple to be effective. But believe it or not, heeding the advice contained in this material could actually be the key to your acing an interview and landing the job you desire.