How to Succeed in a Job Interview

Know the basics. There are only three main questions an interviewer wants to ask:

Can you do the job, will you do the job, will you fit in?

Structuring your planning around these three areas will help you to cover the most crucial issues likely to be covered during the interview, and give you the chance to prepare your key statements and responses to market yourself most effectively.

Can you do the job?

Questions in this area are intended to probe your background. It is unlikely you would have been invited for interview if your qualifications and experience on paper did not match the criteria for the job. Most interviewers, therefore, will spend about 15% of the interview in this area.

Do you have the required qualifications?

If the job is very technical, you may be required to demonstrate greater in-depth technical knowledge in the interview. Be prepared to verify and back up any claims you make regarding qualifications and so on. Employers are increasingly using the services of data agencies to verify details given on CVs and application forms. Avoid 'little white lies' such as upgrading your A Level results. A small fib found out will undermine your credibility totally.

1.Always arrive 20 minutes early. this will ensure that you are not nervous and will give you plenty of time to prepare.

2.Make up your mind to try to smile! Smile through the interview because this is your final examination, you are not going to get the opportunity for a rain check, and therefore, you are going to get that job if your life depended on it.

3.Make sure you take a trip to the restroom before you go in. interviewees are always nervous so sweaty hands result.

4.Make a trip to the restroom before the interview to check your hair, teeth, makeup, etc. please also wash and dry your hands before. you will not get a goodbye handshake if you don’t.

5.Make sure you have plenty of breath mints handy. bad breath is a sure way to turn off the interviewer; especially if the interview is behind closed doors.

6.Check your nose hair, trim your eyebrows.

7.Be sure you are well groomed.

Men: Avoid coloring your hair to make a good impression. There is nothing worse than a man trying to pass off as a younger man.

Woman: You can mostly get away with it - it is sometimes even recommended.

8.Always make sure your hair is neatly trimmed and cut to a professional length. Curls and fluff will not get you through an interview.

Men: No long hair, handlebar moustaches or overgrown beards. Keep it short and professional. You can always grow it back once you get the job! No earrings, thick gold chains or nose rings either

9.Make sure you have a positive attitude. Use positive words, like yes, instead of no

10.Talk about your your causes: how your involvement saved or made the company money, reduced issues, found problems, saved time, trained users, show value to your employer.

11.Always tell the truth

12.Always be positive.

13.Take notes, but only after ask permission to do so

14.Ask lots of questions about what you will be doing, who you will interact with, about your role in current and future projects.

15.Exude confidence. (You are the expert on what you have done. Do not be shy about your abilities).

16.Take a copy of your references, and 3-4 nicer copies of your resume to hand out to each interviewer. Also, take copies of written references.

17.If asked, give examples of when you failed and how you overcame it. Explain that you did not view this as a failure, it was a learning experience.


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