How to Maximize Your Chances at a Job Interview

Ivan DimitrijevicStarred Page By Ivan Dimitrijevic, 17th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We are going to discuss some things that can help you out or at least help you avoid leaving a negative first impression. They are simple tricks that can make a lot of difference and might as well be that grain of sand that tips the scale in your favor.

Introduction

Job interviews can range from being mere formalities to being a serious, in-depth analysis of potential job candidates in order to find the one who is best suited for the job opening. The better the positions and the company that is hiring, the more scrutinizing the interview might be. This can put a lot of strain on the potential applicants and cause them to perform bellow their capabilities, as a consequence of stress and panic. On the other hand, there are certain unofficial protocols which can really make a difference when trying to paint an image of professionalism and competence.

First Impression

It is important that you leave a good first impression, and we tend to base it on appearances, first and foremost. We all understand that this isn’t the best way to judge people, but this is just an instinctive reaction of the human mind. This is why it is very important that you don’t give your interviewers a reason to draw wrong conclusions, and here is how to do this:

Personal hygiene

This should go without saying, but it is still worth mentioning. Trim your nails, get a decent haircut, take a shower and make sure you smell good (don’t drown them in perfume though). A person who doesn't take care of his/her personal hygiene will be labeled as a slob, and this will hinder their chances in an interview. Broken and rotten teeth are also something you want to get taken care of before you go to a big interview. Your smile is one of the biggest weapons you have during an interview, and a bit of cosmetic dentistry is well worth it.

Attire

Find out what the dress code of the company you are interviewing for is and dress appropriately. If you are not sure how to dress, go for a full business style and watch for those wrinkles. Avoid flamboyant colors and keep professionalism in mind when deciding on what to wear. Semi-casual is usually an acceptable option with most interviews, but there are those who consider the professional business style a must.

Information

You need to make sure you are well prepared for your interview. It is only common courtesy to do a background check of the company and know about their recent moves and their general plans for the future. This way, you are going to be able to function from a position of power and be ready to point out how you plan to fit into the entire operation. In some cases, it is not about the credentials but finding the right person that will quickly become a part of the team. You need to understand what the team does in order to find your place within it. Knowing what the company’s operation is all about will leave an impression of genuine interest and a readiness to adapt.

Courtesy

Good manners are very important. You need to be polite to everyone and show some respect. If you are going to make an attempt at humor, make sure it is tasteful and don’t be too casual. This kind of forward approach can be misinterpreted during interviews. There will be plenty of time to get to know the people you work with once you get the job.

Keep Calm

Avoiding panic can be a problem for some people, and most interviewers are aware of that. If functioning well under pressure isn't a desirable trait for the job, this shouldn't be a problem. You have time to break the ice, and once the interview gets going, you will forget about panicking and things will go naturally. If you really have anxiety issues that are hard to control, you can ask your doctor for something to calm your nerves. Don’t self-medicate or try to resolve these issues by using unconventional methods, like doing a few shots before the interview.

Punctuality and the night before

Arrive 15-20 minutes before the interview is set to start. Being late is a bad thing to do, and it will instantly remove you from the race. Arriving early will also give you a chance to prepare mentally. Make sure you go to be on time and get a good night’s sleep so you can function at your best. Have a good breakfast to give you enough energy and you are good to go.

Conclusion

Well, the rest is up to you. Pay attention, be responsive and honest. There is nothing worse than lying in your interview and getting caught. There is no shame in not knowing something and showing a will to learn. Good luck!

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Interview, Job, Prepare, Work

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author avatar Ivan Dimitrijevic
Ivan Dimitrijevic is a seasoned blogger and SEO consultant with years of experience. His set of skills includes Social Media Marketing, SEO and blogging on a wide variety of topics.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Very interesting post!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Well written and presented article.

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author avatar YourFriend
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Also avoid giving ignorant answers.For Example

Q) Why you want to do this job?
Ans) Just for Time Pass.

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author avatar Rose*
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Also, get a good night's sleep the night before - that way you'll be sharp during the interview.

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