Ace That Interview!

John Krautzel
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Industries are advancing and new technologies continue to emerge, but the best practices for acing a job interview have more or less remained the same. That means choosing the right outfit, using proper interview etiquette and doing your research are still as important as ever. Whether you're preparing for your first interview or you've already been around the block, look over these interview tips to increase your chances of success.

1. Prepare for the Standard Questions

An interviewer uses common questions to help judge your personality, soft skills and preparedness for the job. For example, you might be asked to tell the interviewer a bit about yourself, explain your greatest weakness or strength or express why the company should hire you. The interviewer is also likely to ask questions that help him measure how your skill set matches the position for which you're applying. Come prepared with some examples of past work experiences and achievements to ensure you can provide detailed answers.

2. Plan Your Outfit

Dressing professionally is important. According to Cudoo, 65 percent of interviewers make a first impression of job candidates based on their attire. Err on the side of professional and conservative, and opt for dark or neutral colors. Black and dark blue are generally best choices.

3. Do Your Research

One way to stand out in a job interview is to demonstrate knowledge of the company, which both helps you determine how you can fill the company's needs and shows the interviewer that you mean business. Use the company website and social media pages to learn as much as you can, and if possible, talk to someone who works for the company.

4. Know Your Interview Etiquette

When you first arrive, smile, maintain eye contact, and shake the interviewer's hand firmly. Always wait to sit until your interviewer offers you a seat, and sit up straight to appear more attentive. Be sure to turn off your phone before the job interview along with any other technological devices.

5. Brainstorm Your Own Questions

Show your interviewer that you are serious about the position by asking your own thoughtful questions at the end of the job interview. Ask about the office culture or the type of training available for new hires. Just try to avoid topics such as salary and benefits, which should only be discussed further down the road.

6. Follow Up With a Thank-You Note

No matter how you think the job interview went, always send a thank-you email or a hand-written card to let the interviewer know you appreciate his time. Keep the note short and polite, and send it within 24 hours of the interview.

A job interview can be intimidating, but with the right preparation, you can minimize your nerves and impress any interviewer. Follow these interview tips closely to increase your chances of acing that interview.


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