Job interview tips below to help you prepare for your next  job interview. What to do & not to do during your next job interview. The key to succeed in a job interview is to be well prepared. Read these tips before your next interview. Following the job interview tips, see “when a job interview doesn’t produce a job offer”.   

  • Research the company before you attend your interview i.e., website, annual report… etc..
  • Prepare and practice before the interview. The more you prepare, the better chances you have of succeeding.
  • Plan to ask questions. Asking questions gives you the opportunity to show your interest &  gives you the opportunity to find out if this Company is the right place for you.
  • Dress professionally in simple business attire.
  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early.
  • Turn off your cell/ hand held/ mobile phone prior to attending the interview
  • Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Stand straight and make eye contact.
  • Sit erect and lean forward in the chair, to show your interest.
  • Be a good listener as well as a good communicator.
  • Be prepared to answer open-ended questions, like, “Tell me about yourself”.
  • Keep in mind the product you are selling is you.
  • Give them reasons to buy, by emphasizing what you can bring to the organization.
  • Talk about specific achievements.
  • Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain whenever possible.
  • Don’t make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers.
  • Don’t smoke, even if you are invited to. Don’t chew gum.
  • Never inquire about salary, vacations or bonuses, in the initial interview. You will be in a stronger position once they decide to hire you.
  • At the end of the interview, ask about the next step in the process.
  • Thank the interviewer for his/ her time & for the opportunity.
  • Later, you may be asked to come in for a second interview and sometimes a third interview. Apply same tips as above & be consistent in your answers with the answers you gave in the first interview..
  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Always follow up with a thank-you letter to everyone you have spoken to.
  • If you haven’t heard from the employer within the time frame given to you at the interview, follow up with a call, note or email.

When a job interview doesn’t produce a job offer:

  • Poor personal appearance.
  • Lack of focus. Be clear about what you want & what you don’t want.
  • Appearing too eager or too anxious. Listen 75% of the time & talk 25% of the time.
  • Poor references. Always contact your references before you attend interviews & if you are not sure of what they will say, ask them. It’s also a good idea to give them a copy of your resume.
  • Poor attitude. Don’t be arrogant.
  • Very high salary expectations.
  • Lack of common sense.
  • Qualified, but not the most suitable for the job.
  • Lack of potential.
  • Late arrival to the job interview.
  • Inflexibility.
  • Insincerity.
  • Not being self motivated.

Related topics we’ll be adding soon: phone job interview tips & answers to the most asked interview questions.