5 Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Job Interview

5 tips to help you nail your next job interview

Interviewing for a job is nerve-wracking and panic-inducing. You want to make a good impression so the hiring manager will hire you on the spot. But hiring managers are likely interviewing a dozen or more people a day — and even standing out can feel like it’s almost impossible, let alone being hired. Here are five tips that can help you make a good impression and nail your next job interview.

1. Do your research

One of the biggest turn-offs for most hiring managers is having a job applicant who knows nothing and doesn’t care to know anything about the company or organization that’s hiring. Research the company where you want to work. Understand what they do, what their mission is, and all you can about the company culture. As you have questions, write them down. This shows your potential employer you’ve done your homework and are interested in the company and the job.

2. Watch your body language

Yes, you’re nervous. But don’t let those nerves sideline your interview. Your body language says as much about you as your words. Make eye contact. Smile. Lean forward to show interest. Don’t fold your arms or look away. Hiring managers are a lot more likely to think you’re interested, open, and friendly if your body language shows it.

3. Ask questions

Your job interview is your chance to ask questions about the company and the position you’re applying for. Your questions help both you and the interviewer decide if you and the job are a good fit. Don’t be afraid to ask about working hours, goals and expectations, future opportunities, and job mobility and environment. The answers will help you determine if it’s the right job for you.

4. Practice

Practicing for a job interview is a good way to work out all the kinks in the interviewing process. Rehearse answers to common questions in the mirror, or have a friend “interview” you. Practice telling stories that describe your skills and interests. Most interviewers love personal stories. This is their chance to get to know you and your personality. Come up with stories from your life that illustrate answers to common questions, but keep your stories short. For example, you might have a story ready to share for a common interview question, “What is your greatest weakness?” Write down and rehearse a list of short stories from your life that can illustrate how you faced an obstacle and overcame it. As you practice, it’ll become more natural to talk about yourself and share your qualifications for the job.

5. Follow up

Whether or not your interview goes well, it’s always a good idea to send a quick thank-you email to the hiring manager. You should send it within 24 hours of the interview, thank them for their time, and even use it as an opportunity to put in one last short plug for yourself. Avoid sending a thank-you card in the mail because it usually won’t get there in time to make an impression.

You can nail your next job interview. All it takes is a little planning and practice.

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