Job interviews can be terrifying, but they are the key to getting the job you want. Follow these tips to make your following interview your best yet!

If you’re like a vast majority of the population, just the very thought of a job interview leaves you shaking in your boots. Unfortunately, the ability to interview well may be the key to getting you your dream job, but there is hope. With a little preparation and following these simple tips, you can guarantee that your following interview lands you the job.

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare (know your target) – When interviewing for a job, the interviewer wants to know why you want to work for their company, precisely their company. It means that you need to have done some legwork before stepping foot in the office. Make sure you know how long the company has been in business, its reputation, how many people are employed there, etc. Have a few statements prepared that show the research you have done: for example, “I love that this company has been looking into using clean biofuels for years.” It will show the interviewer that you aren’t just there because you need a paycheck, but you have a genuine interest in working for their company.
  • Think ahead – Look up common interview questions and consider your responses. No, this doesn’t mean rehearsing a script. If you do that, it will come off like just that, rehearsed. Instead, get yourself thinking of your answers to questions in advance so you don’t end up umming and aahing your way through the interview.
  • Speaking of umming and aahing…Make sure that you don’t use those filler words in an interview! Um, ahs, uhs, and hmmm, are evil ways to buy time. Suppose you don’t have an answer to a question right away. In that case, you can purchase time by rewording the question or saying something like “that’s an excellent question” or even a dignified silence, but mums and uhs and the like make you sound unprepared and unintelligent. Avoid them at all costs.
  • Do a dress rehearsal: Have a friend be the interviewer and give you a job interview for your vying position. Make sure he or she doesn’t tell you in advance what questions you will be asked. You may even want to record the interview. The more you apprehend about what you need to operate on, the better qualified you will be.
  • Prepare some questions! – One of the WORST things you can do in an interview has no problems for the interviewer when asking, “so, do you have any questions for me?” First, this shows a lack of preparation, but even worse, this shows a lack of interest. Do not make this mistake! Make a list of at least 3-5 questions to ask about the job or the company. Some of my ideal cover: “What is the allowance of turnover?d Why? What is the best part of the job? The most challenging? Take me into an ordinary day…” These feelers not only show your concern but will help you resolve if the job is a good fit.
  • Hold your head up high – one of the things that have allowed me to get every job I’ve ever interviewed for was the simplest of all: confidence. Showing the interviewer that you are confident in your abilities and making an excellent addition to their organization goes a long way to getting you the job. I have even been known to be so confident as to ask, “so, when do I start?” when they ask if I have questions. It may sound cocky, but trust me, that works in interviews. You need to sell yourself, but to do that, you need to believe in yourself. If this doesn’t come naturally, before you get in there, list the reasons why you think you’d be perfect for the job. It will help you to feel confident and proud when you walk in the interviewer’s door.

If you follow these tips, I guarantee interviews will become a breeze. I look forward to any feedback any of you who have tried these tips can give.

Good luck and get them!

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