Tips for Successfully Passing an Interview

25 Tips for Successfully Passing an Interview

As you go through interviews, do you often hear the cold “We’ll call you back”? Such a polite promise, after which they almost never call back. Constant failures are fraught with a lot of negative consequences: from the acute need to deep depression. 

Tips for Passing an Interview

Today we will discuss the most effective tips and rules of business etiquette that will help to successfully pass an interview after hearing the cherished “You are hired”! Since we are greeted by clothing, let’s start with clothing for interviews.

1. Choose appropriate clothing

I often heard advice that you should come to the interview in a strict business suit. No, if you are applying for a job at a bank, get lost. That’s just not everywhere these clothes are in place. About ten years ago I came for an interview at a computer game development company. All was so beautiful: a formal suit, a skirt to the knee, neutral pumps, a business hairstyle. The blue-haired, bearded, tattooed pierced employees glanced at me like a strange little animal. In the same company, my friend managed to get a position by wearing a Star Wars T-shirt. Now earns a couple of thousand dollars a month, infection. I hate him … And was the use of the “stick to business style” advice? In most cases, the choice of clothes is similar to the choice of an image for acquaintance with the parents of your passion.

2. Think makeup

Makeup should also be appropriate. A universal option is a minimum of cosmetics and a French manicure. But for some vacancies you need a vivid image. For example, for a model or an animated girl.

3. Do not be afraid of past mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, even the most brilliant people. If suddenly it was about your problems with past projects, do not evade. Give an answer by explaining the difficulties of the situations and how you solved them. And in no case blame others for your troubles.

4. Prepare your vote

Excited job seekers often cough up because of a wheezing in their throat. Excessive excitement in the mouth dries up, and the ligaments become tense. The tongue-tied wheeler does not seem to be a confident worker, so a voice should be prepared. Before the interview, say tongue twisters and relax the ligaments by doing vocal exercises. And be sure to drink some water.

5. Be competent

The most common reason for refusal lies in the fact that the applicant was simply not competent enough for the position. No matter how attracted by your high salary, do not pretend to a position in which you do not understand anything. Even if you are suddenly taken by a miracle, you will not be able to do the job.

6. Mute the phone

It is terribly annoying when the applicant is constantly distracted by calls, and his phone is constantly buzzing. Mute the sound for a while. You can even do this with an interlocutor. So say: “Wait a second, I’ll turn off the sound so that we don’t be distracted.” So you show respect and show your interest in the conversation.

7. Have a snack an hour before the interview

In a hurry, we eat haphazardly. Keep in mind that heavy food, hearty lunch, and digestion can ruin your interview. Eat something simple and satisfying ahead of time so as not to be distracted by gas production from cola or by hiccups from shawarma.

8. Be prepared for a stressful interview

Thanks to the template designers who boasted of stress resistance, some employers began to conduct interviews that were getting out of the rut. In my opinion, there is no sense in such performances. Why waste your life on some theatrical productions? However, to attend a single interview at once is worth it – for experience.

9. Smile

Do you have a nice smile? Then use it! They say that without the ability to smile, you cannot charm a client and sell a product. The same goes for the employer and the filing of your professional skills. A smile should not be hysterical and constant. Smile naturally and in moderation.

10. Find out about the company in advance

And by all means show to the interlocutor that you got acquainted with the history of the company. This will be flattering to employers. See how terribly the interview began the heroine of the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” . Yes, in the end she was rehabilitated by a miracle, but you could not say savagery in the spirit from the very beginning: “I do not know who you are and do not read your magazine.”

11. Do not brag too much

Of course, it is important to mention diplomas, work experience, and language skills. Just do not make yourself an indispensable employee. When a person is too diligently stuffing his own price, a reasonable question arises: “Why are you such the coolest and most intelligent running for interviews, and not running your own company?”

12. Ask counter questions

Young job seekers are sitting as if being interrogated. They answer all questions, but they themselves are afraid to ask. In vain. Ask, you have every reason. You are not slaves, but workers, you need to know what you are subscribing to. A wise employer will appreciate your sanity. However, do not ask about corporate secrets. Otherwise, you will be considered competitors.

13. Explore the room decor

Do you know what 99% of job seekers look like? They enter the office and inextricably look into the interlocutor’s eyes. No need to do this. Firstly, it is unnerving, and secondly, you will miss important information from your surroundings. Let your gaze wander unobtrusively at times. Out of the corner of your eye, mark important details. For example, if a person has photos of children on the table, he doesn’t need to say phrases in the spirit: “Oh, don’t be afraid, I won’t go on maternity because I hate spin-noses”. Analyze the situation, connect deduction. This is elementary, Watson!

14. Think over the answers to the questions.

Questions at interviews may be different, but they almost always ask, “Why do you want to work with us?” Really, why? “I have nothing to eat, I need to feed the children, you have a medical insurance” – honest, but inappropriate answers. Think about what attracted you to this particular vacancy and answer wisely.

15. Be smart

Do not be afraid to answer the employer’s questions with non-standard answers or solve their TK in some unusual way. You will attract attention.

16. Rehearse a handshake

We turn to the most problematic point for me – to shake hands. The days when the ladies did not shake hands have sunk into oblivion, so shaking hands should be taught not only to men. I am still a hermophobe and I hate the touch of strangers, so after shaking hands I pull my hand away and instinctively wipe it with a handkerchief. This is not to be done. = -) Learn to shake hands sincerely, firmly, but not painfully. If your palms are sweating, grease them with a small amount of baby powder before the interview.

17. Show off your skills

Even at the interview you can show what you are capable of doing. Do it unobtrusively, as if supporting a conversation. 

18. Know your worth

Golden rule: think soberly, not overestimating yourself because of bloated and unreasonable pride. You don’t have to lift your nose if you don’t know anything, didn’t learn anything and you wouldn’t hire yourself. But if you are a pro, then do not be afraid to refuse an employer who clearly underestimated you. A truly intelligent specialist will always find work, and wasting his life for the sake of humiliating, poorly paid and unpromising work is not effective. The situation from the video is not a beautiful fairy tale. Both my acquaintances and I myself had occasions when a failed employer later begged to return. And on much more favorable terms!

19. Come on time

Of course, you shouldn’t be late for an interview, but you don’t need to back up the office walls even before its opening. If the employer sees that you dragged to him much earlier, he will understand that you need this position just brutally. So he will immediately feel himself an omnipotent master of the situation and will turn you around like a puppet.

20. Learn more about your responsibilities.

No need to rush headlong to all the interviews without finding out information about the position. You can get a refusal, engage in a useless job or even run into swindlers. Always make inquiries and only then go for an interview.

21. Remove the smell of nicotine

Abroad smoking has long been a taboo, but in Slavic countries, many people continue to smoke. And the smell from them is just awful. A person instinctively does not want to hire you if the whole interview will feel the smell of cigarettes. Many are advised not to smoke before the interview, but then the smoker will sweat and get nervous. Just smoke in the fresh air, go to the toilet, wash your hands and rinse your mouth with rinse aid. A non-smoker will still notice the smoke in the tub, but it will not annoy him like that.

22. Show confidence

When a potential employee is inexperienced or in dire need of money, he is too nervous and the employer feels it. Remember: you have no reason for psychosis and nervous breakdowns, relax! Show that you are ready to do the job enthusiastically.

23. No need to monkey

Many gurus recommend mirroring someone else to like. It’s about copying postures, talking manners and so on. Sometimes such tricks really help if a person is a born actor and unobtrusively mirrors. But in most cases it looks wretched and wildly annoying. The employer is not an idiot, he sees that you are copying it. Just as other applicants copied it to you. And he got sick of it! Sit in a natural position for you, do not make yourself a third-rate mime.

24. Take the necessary documents with you

Make sure in advance that you have copies of documents that you may need when hiring: a copy of your passport, ID code, etc. Be fully equipped, suddenly you will be asked about them. However, do not shine with a pile of pieces of paper – hide them in a bag. Otherwise, the interlocutor decides: “You look, what is impudent. Already decided that we hired him. And here are the figurines! ”

25. Avoid template resumes

As a rule, a resume is submitted before the interview, or at the interview itself, the employer asks the applicant to describe himself. Be concise and give only the necessary data. No need to use cliched phrases to holes. They will not play into your hands. Such phrases characterize a person as a mediocre person. Avoid at least the two most dull phrases “sociable” and “stress-resistant”. You do not want constant stress?

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