10 Commandments for Nailing the Interview

John Krautzel
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Now that you've landed the job interview, the stress begins. Your fate is determined by how you conduct yourself in those 20 or 30 minutes of face time. First impressions are key when it comes to an interview, so everything should be flawless, from your appearance and body language to your references and responses. Ensure you're following these 10 commandments for job interview success.

1. Thou Shall Practice

Conduct a mock interview prior to the real thing, either alone or with a friend. Practice your responses to common interview questions, such as those about your strengths and weaknesses. If possible, film yourself to identify areas for improvement.

2. Remember Thy Attire

Take some time to choose a professional outfit for your job interview so you look polished. If possible, find out how others dress within the organization, and try to replicate that look.

3. Thou Shall Conduct Thy Research

Find out all you can about the potential employer prior to your job interview. Read the company website, scour company- or industry-related news articles and check out its social media page. Read up on the company mission, achievements and challenges.

4. Thou Shalt Not Arrive Unprepared

Show up with several fresh copies of your resume in hand. Take the time to review it prior to the job interview so you're comfortable and familiar with it.

5.Thou Shall Calm Thy Nerves

Don't let nervousness rattle your confidence. Take a few minutes before the interview to practice deep breathing and think positive thoughts. Don't fidget during the interview; focus on presenting a confident demeanor.

6. Honor Thy Interviewer

Try to establish rapport with the hiring manager from the start of the interview. If you notice a fishing photo on the interviewer's desk, for example, try to establish a connection based on the shared hobby.

7. Thou Shalt Not Rush

Think each question through before you respond. Make sure your responses are clear and complete. Avoid the urge to rush through a response by providing a choppy answer.

8. Ask Thy Questions

Based on the research you conducted prior to the interview, come up with a few thoughtful and intelligent questions to ask when you're given the opportunity.

9. Thou Shalt Not Provide Unapprised References

When you provide personal or professional references at a job interview, be sure to let your contacts know that you're listing them. Update them on where you're interviewing so reference-check phone calls don't catch them off guard.

10. Thou Shall Follow Up

Immediately after the interview, send a thank-you note, either handwritten or via email. Thank everyone on the interview panel for their time, and reaffirm your enthusiasm for the position.

The first impression in a job interview is key. Follow these 10 commandments to wow the hiring manager and leave an impression that outshines the other candidates.


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