I’m currently sitting at work about to clock off for the day typing up this post. My Uber is taking forever to show up, so I figured I’d use the time I have left to do something productive. And obviously, by productive, I simply mean sharing with you guys a new post.
You guys suggested a blog post idea and I figured why not get typing before I completely forget about it? This post is basically how to nail a job interview or any interview in general as I’ve noticed quite a lot of you seem to want some job tips after reading my last post: Trying to escape the 9-5
Okay, so I’m not necessarily a pro when it comes to interviews, but I can definitely give myself a high rating as I’ve never been rejected an offer after walking in for an interview. In fact, I almost always get a call back right after an interview, which is simply why I want to share with you guys a couple tips that could land you that job.
First off, if you haven’t already gotten a call back for an interview, this post doesn’t necessarily address how to prep your resume to get an interview, but I would be sure to make a post about that if you all are interested. Just shoot me an email.
ok… So if you want to really nail a job interview, here are some secrets that I’ve used time after time that has always seemed to help me land the job I want.
Okay, you’re probably like what the fuck Eleanor?, but believe me, preparing hard for a job interview would throw you off track way more than it would help you. An interview is simply a conversation, and that’s really what it should be. When you prep for an interview, it starts to feel more like an exam or a test that you have to pass in order to receive a grade, which is exactly what it is not.
Give yourself a break and relax. Let your interviewer get to know YOU and not what you have PREPARED TO SAY.
A little detail is enough detail:
If you’re going for an interview, you certainly should at least know something about the company or the position you applied to. I mean, why apply for a Job if you know nothing about the company?
Just a little bit of detail is definitely all you would need to answer basic questions. Don’t go overboard on reading the company’s history and all that jazz, because trust me, I bet your interviewer doesn’t necessarily know the FULL company history.
You definitely want to have an idea of the basics. Things like how the industry operates, some of it’s partners, it’s policies/beliefs/strengths and just the overall ranking of the company. There’s really no need to cram too much detail that would not be needed for the interview, because you surely will waste your time focusing on unnecessary information.
Have a question in mind:
So you know the basics of the company right? Now is a time to ask a question that might tell you more about the company. DON’T leave an interview without asking at least one question. Having about 2-3 questions ready is perfect and shows your interest in the position.
Also feel free to ask your interviewers their own take on the company, and what they love most about it. It really doesn’t hurt to ask for their input on the company. And believe me, this would definitely bring about a great conversation and even more questions for you to ask if you’re lacking.
Don’t be over confident:
Like seriously, just don’t be!
It doesn’t matter if you know someone at the top in the company, or if you’re the only one of your color applying to that company, or whatever. Just DON’T be overconfident that they would take you because of some qualification or ethnicity or idea that you have. Interviewers can smell over confidence from a mile away, so keep your ego down a bit and just be chill.Interviewers can smell over confidence from a mile away, so keep your ego down a bit and just be chill. Click To Tweet
Speak when you have to and don’t act like a know it all. Most importantly, bring in a welcoming vibe and not one that could give you a bad label.
Remember what I just said about over confidence? This is another thing you also have to pay attention to. Dress for the occasion and not for your mood. If you feel like you don’t want to wear a suit because it’s cold outside, ignore that feeling. LOL. Believe me, no one would care about the cold the moment you walk through those interview doors. Wear that suit and appear presentable. Walk through the cold with a coat and take it off as soon as you get in the door.
It’s not about you but how you want people to perceive you. First impression counts A LOT, so don’t assume your interviewer would understand your situation, because honestly, they probably won’t.
Take your time when answering questions:
Don’t jump and start answering questions the moment it gets thrown at you. You would sound like a robot, and you certainly won’t be able to properly recollect your thoughts that way. Feel free to ask your interviewer if you could recollect your thoughts before speaking in order to correctly answer a given question.
Some interview questions that involve describing situations usually do require you to remember certain events, so feel free to take your time. Just don’t take TOO long to answer.
If complemented, remain calm:
Some interviewers try to make the process a lot smoother on you by throwing compliments based on how you answer certain questions. Although it might make you start to feel a lot more confident, just make sure you don’t become overconfident like I previously discussed.
Smile and say thank you, and continue to keep things professional. Don’t go overboard and praise yourself. The compliments already did, so let it go. I know some interviewers that would use compliments to really get at your ego, so show them you’re as professional as it can get.
Keep good eye contact and stay lively:
Ever spoken to someone who tends to look away from you when having a conversation? Well you definitely don’t want to be that person.
Look your interviewer directly in the eye when speaking. Remain focused on the topic and hold eye contact. You don’t want to appear nervous (although you might be), but eye contact helps make your answers more believable and in tune.
Know your resume very well:
You wrote it, so you might as well be ready to speak on whatever experiences you have on it. Use your resume to answer questions pertaining to previous work situations and let your interviewer get a sense of who you are or have been based on what you have written.
Never say you “don’t know”:
I just had to throw this in here as my final tip. Even if you’re unfamiliar with a question asked, never say you “don’t know”. It’s better to give a wrong answer and ask for correction than say you don’t know.
There are set questions interviewers already have prepared that need answers. Saying you don’t know would only keep things blank and throw off your interviewer to jump onto other questions.
Like I said earlier, you want to make sure you’re keeping a conversation and not jumping through each question, so keep conversing (in a professional manner) and don’t rush the process.
What are some other job interview tips you guys have? These are a few of mine, leave some of yours in the comment section below.
Till next time,