Make the Best Impression on Job Interview

First off, build up your image through your resume. While it’s great to showcase your experience in different jobs, listing too many previous employers may give you a negative image. You may come off as someone who doesn’t stay too long in a company before seeking greener pastures. It also doesn’t pay to be dishonest and withhold information from the company you want to work for.

So how do you do it? It’s simple. Build your resume and prepare explanations. Your resume and how you answer the interviewer’s questions should sync. For instance, if you’re asked why you only stayed for a few months in a company, be sure to avoid answers that demean your previous employer.

Do some research on the company you’re applying for. This will show how passionate you are for the company. This will also give them the idea that training you will be a breeze and that you’ll fit right in. Be careful about showing your knowledge of their trade. Doing it too much makes you look overconfident and a know-it-all.

When answering questions, you should maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Smiling helps too. This will give you an aura of confidence, even if your hands are already drenched in nervous sweat. Your answers should also be of appropriate length. Telling a long story of how a chain of events led you to apply for their company when all the interviewer required was a “yes” or “no” with a single follow-up sentence may make you look unconfident.

At the end of the interview, your interviewer will allow you to ask him or her questions. Don’t hesitate and ask. This will show that you are really interested in what they do and you want to be a part of it. In addition to asking about topics that the interviewer hasn’t mentioned, seek answers for what you truly want to know. For instance, you can ask about the potential salary or why the previous employee vacated the position you’re applying for. If the interviewer seems to feel uncomfortable answering it, don’t wait for them to say they can’t tell you. Respectfully apologize and lay it to rest.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview

The first mistake is coming up with short answers to the question. Remember that you are the interviewee. You’re supposed to talk more than your interviewer. If you are posed with a short question, don’t give a short answer. Provide your answer and explain how you came to that conclusion.

Another mistake is taking too much time to find the right answer. Most times, you will be asked direct questions such as why you left your previous job in which case you can afford to be careful about badmouthing your previous boss. If you’re asked a hypothetical question, however, there usually is no right or wrong answer. Instead, the interviewer is focusing on how you are constructing your sentences and the reasoning behind your ideas as this will have a part to play should you ever get hired.

If there’s no question that asks for it, try to maintain political correctness. Crossing that line strips you of your professional image. Once that happens and you unwittingly offend the interviewer, he or she will step outside professionalism as well and not hire you. It’s sad, it’s true, and it happens. Stay on topic and you’ll be fine.

Don’t come to your interview in worn out jeans and expecting to be hired on credentials alone. Come in the best attire possible. Most people will not admit a simple truth: looks matter. By looking good, you grab your interviewer’s attention. Follow it up with giving good answers to the questions and you’ll nail that interview.

Whenever the interviewer asks you if you have questions, shoot. By not having any questions for them, you’re showing that you’re only interested in letting them know about you, your skills, and getting hired. By asking questions, you show interest in the company.