Humans are constantly evolving and changing with time. Likewise, jobs come and go and it is vital to be prepared to take on whatever curveball life will throw, such as the direction of your career path. Applying for your first job or a new job can be intimidating and quite worrisome. However, fear not because we have compiled a list of the top 5 job interview tips to help you nail your next one!
These job interview tips are crucial for standing out from your competitors! We want you to succeed and are here to support you, so take a look at our applicable tips below.
5.) Study Yourself!
Be ready to answer the “tell me about yourself” question and study your resume. Know what’s on your resume because recruiters or interviewers will most likely follow up with you on it. The more relevant you can make it to the job title, the more it will help you in the long run. Come up with a story for each resume point that could relate to the position you want. Think of moments in your life that have shaped who you are today. Sit yourself down and reflect on why it is you want this job. Think about why it aligns with your core values, with what you want to do or how it will help your future.
- Find out what your purpose and motivations in life are
- Identify your passions and goals that you want to accomplish
- Think about what kind of value you could add to the company
- Come up with your 30-second elevator pitch with an interesting hook
As soon as you come up with these, your job hunt will become a lot easier and your vision will become clearer. Pay careful attention to the job description you are applying for and when reading through it, try to figure out if it will align with what you want to be doing. If it doesn’t sound interesting or doesn’t peak your interest, it probably won’t be a suitable fit for you. Don’t give up your search but do keep an eye out for the jobs that would complement you best!
4.) Have an Updated Resume, LinkedIn and Relevant Cover Letter
If you want to stand out from the crowd, create a resume, LinkedIn profile and a customized cover letter for your potential employer. Make sure your resume and Linkedin profile is recent and has the most relevant jobs posted in relation to the role you are applying for. Have your resume, LinkedIn and cover letter looked over by an extra set of eyes before sending it off to recruiters. Someone else may catch something you may not have. If you have graduated recently, you can add relevant coursework you have taken. Recruiters will take you more seriously if you have zero resume, LinkedIn and cover letter errors.
- Download free resume and cover letter templates on Copy My Resume. If you use Resume Genius, they have a free subscription or a 14 day $1.99 trial that gets charged $39.99 monthly after the 14 day trial period.
- Create a LinkedIn profile for free and have it proofread for an affordable price on Fiverr
- You can integrate bits and pieces of your 30-second elevator pitch in your cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile but be sure not to give it all away.
Read more resume writing tips here: Top 5 Resume Tips
3.) Find a Mentor, Accountability Partner or Someone Who Is an Expert In Your Desired Field
Join Facebook groups, Meetup groups, networking events, lectures and listen to career-related podcasts in order to grasp as much knowledge as you can. Knowledge is potential power and the tips you can gain from experts in your desired field will help you kill your next interview. These groups are usually free and there are lots of other free resources out there as well. Simply typing into google what you are looking for will give you heaps of relevant information. A little research can take you a long way!
In university, I studied Business Accounting and joined the Accounting Forum for additional support. There were great resources within this group for networking with other accountants, mentoring each other, learning how to put together an appealing resume, how to update your LinkedIn profile, how to interact with recruiters and how to best prepare for the interviews.
The best job interview tips I received were to review behavioral questions and try to come up with an answer on the spot. Though these types of questions are specific to the Accounting field, this is why it is important to find a mentor or accountability partner who has already gone through this process. They can offer you guidance and share their experiences with you so that you don’t go into the interview feeling unprepared. You can practice behavioral interview questions here: Behavioral Job Interview Questions
Read more about the best job hunting tips for recent college graduates here: 5 Best Job Hunting Tips for Recent College Grads
2.) Shift Your Mindset Into a Positive One and Walk Into Your Interview with Confidence!
Take good care of your hygiene, sit up straight, be alert, make eye contact, listen well and represent yourself the best you can! Don’t undersell, but do oversell yourself! You are your own salesperson, so sell yourself to the best of your abilities. You are also marketing yourself, do so in a way that would make you want to hire yourself if you were the interviewer!
- Meditate before your interview to clear your mind. You can download the Calm or Headspace apps to help guide you through this.
- Listen to some upbeat music to get you pumped up and excited about your interview.
- Look at the interview as, “I get to do this interview” rather than, “I have to do this interview.” You were selected from many candidates to get to do this interview, so look at it as one step closer to landing the job and making it to the finish line.
- Tell yourself some uplifting mantras, read some inspirational quotes and be your own hype-man or hype-woman.
- Be true to yourself and as authentic as possible so that you can represent yourself in the best light.
1.) Prepare for Your Job Interview By Thoroughly Researching the Company
Investigate the company you are wanting to be a part of in advance and drop some facts about them during your interview. For example, “I know your company has been around for 25+ years and you have achieved ___________ and that aligns with my personal goals.”
If you have many job interviews coming up, postpone the most important ones for last so you can practice with the first ones and be fully prepared to nail your interview when the time arrives. Come up with at least 5 profound questions to ask the interviewer to express utmost interest in the role.
Usually, there is a point in the interview when they will ask “Do you have any questions for me?” If you say “no” it doesn’t show you are very interested in the job. Recruiters want to know that you have the courage to ask them questions. You don’t have to ask all 5 questions but it is good to have some ready to pull out of your head so you don’t look like a deer in the headlights. You can even come with a notebook, take notes during the interview, have your questions already written down, or memorize them so you are ready to go. Here are a few examples of questions you can ask:
- Where do you envision the company five years from now?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is most challenging about working here?
- Can you tell me more about the company’s goals and visions?
- How can I move up in the company?
We hope you will put these top 5 job interview tips to good practice and confidently dominate your next interview. Don’t forget to remind yourself that you are human and to not be so hard on yourself. Sometimes things fall out of place so that other things can fall into place. On that note, give your next job interview your best shot and stay positive throughout the process. If you believe, you will achieve.
If you want to know more about job interview tips and what you should stay away from when talking about yourself, check out this article: 5 Most Overused Phrases in an Interview.