Top Tips for Acing That Interview

By: Bianca Bernstein

The first step to a successful job interview is to downplay the dreaded 'I' word. 'Interview', after all, can conjure up all sorts of anxious and gnawing thoughts, whether a steely, penetrating glare, stuttering response or long, awkward silence.

Of course, the reality, and what all so-called 'interviewees' need to understand, is that job 'interviews' are nothing more than a meeting, or conversation, between two parties that are interested in what the other has to offer.

It really is important that prospective employees look at the job interview as a meeting of equals, and not an arrangement geared in favour of the employer. You have to make sure that the company you're thinking of joining has enough to offer you too - it's not all one-way traffic! They need to consider you as well.

Top Job Interview Tips For Securing the Job That YOU want:

In preparation of your next interview, consider these job interview tips



  • Make sure you know your CV like the back of your hand. Those are your personal details and there is no reason why you should not be well-versed in your own CV.


  • Always take a hard copy of you CV along. Just in case.


  • Ask yourself some general questions as to why you're applying for the job in the first place.


  • Learn as much about the company as possible before the interview, this shows that you are taking the interview seriously, and that you are truly interested in the position available.

  • Next up, assemble your research and think through the kind of questions you may be asked in the job interview and the type of answers you'll give.


  • Remember the names and titles of the interviewers. This is flattering and respectful.


  • Make sure your interview outfit is ready the night before, so as not to waste precious time that can be spent preparing for the interview itself.




Tips for the day of the job interview:



  • Don't panic: remember, it's not an interview, just a meeting.


  • Take the following items with you to the job interview:


  • a notebook and pen;

    your CV;

    directions and an A-Z;

    the company name, address and contact details;your consultant's number and your previously prepared questions for reference.

  • Aim to arrive in the vicinity 30 minutes before your job interview to allow for any potential transport problems.




Tips on arrival at the interview:



  • Be relaxed and try your best at the same time. In fact, try to enjoy the experience and remember that you wouldn't be there in the first place if they weren't interested in you, which is already a complement in itself.


  • If you're sitting down when the interviewer arrives, be sure to stand up and greet him/her with a smile, some firm eye contact and an equally firm handshake, but remember not to crush their hand. You'll notice that, like you, he/she is a human, not a mechanical device. If it's a man, never call him 'Sir', just use first names.


  • When you're on the way to the interview room, start up a light conversation about, say, the big match the night before - or any other familiar topic that might start an ice-breaking conversation. This will put you at ease immediately.




The interview itself:



  • Body language is crucial.Sit upright and don't fold your arms.

  • Let the interviewer determine the course of the interview, although don't be shy to ask a question when one comes into your head. But don't constantly interrupt.


  • The most important tip is to play each job interview as it is and go with the flow. If the atmosphere is relaxed and informal, you can afford to be a little less formal too, although that's not to say you should light up and ask for a coffee.If the interviewer appears quite stern, adopt a more serious tone and don't let it faze you.
  • If appropriate, show the interviewer that you've got a sense of humour and are easy to get on with: employers will offer jobs to people they have struck up a chemistry with.A bit of acceptable humour will also help you to relax - no rude jokes though.


  • Be enthusiastic, don't rush your responses and be as spontaneous as possible.


  • If you're asked an awkward question, take your time to answer - it's better to spend a few moments thinking of an appropriate response than to start waffling. This also shows you're confident and thoughtful enough not to be rushed.


  • Be sure to outline all your achievements and strengths, although don't allow yourself to come across as arrogant - and never be derogatory about your current or previous employer.


  • Always maintain a positive attitude about others.


  • Remember to ask intelligent questions and feel free to use and make notes.




Overall,enjoy the experience and remember that it's not an interview, just a two-way conversation!

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