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Top 25 tips for a successful interview

 50 interview strategies that can help you ace your next job 

Top 50 tips for a successful interview

When interviewing, do you often hear “we will call you back”? This is a polite message, after which they never called back. Constant refusals are fraught with a lot of negative consequences: from an acute need for money to deep depression. How to successfully pass an interview?

Today we will discuss the most effective tips and rules of business etiquette that will help you successfully pass the interview, having heard the required phrase “You are hired”! Since clothes are so important, let's start with clothes for interviews.

 1. Choose appropriate clothing

Choose appropriate clothing

I've often heard advice that you should come to an interview in a strict business suit. If you are applying for a job in a bank, wear a suit. You should dress appropriately for the place you want to work.
About ten years ago, I went for an interview at a computer game development company. They were all so pretty: a tuxedo, a knee-length skirt, and a great hairstyle. The blue-haired, bearded, and tattooed staff looked at me as if I were a strange animal. At the same company, a friend of mine managed to get a job wearing a Star Wars T-shirt. Now he's making a few thousand dollars a month, working part-time, and it's an infection. I hate him so enviously.. what's the use of the "keep it up" tip for me?

Unfortunately, the acute feeling that the person in front of you simply does not write to your team can overshadow the fact that he has all the necessary skills. So you must first understand the scope of work of the company, look at the article with the dress code and choose the style of clothing that will immediately help the employer to understand that you are completely on the board here.

2. Consider makeup


It should also fit. A universal option - a minimum of cosmetics and French manicure. But for some vacancies you need a bright picture. For example, a costume designer.

 3. Don't be afraid of past mistakes

Don't be afraid of past mistakes

Even the most intelligent individuals make blunders. If suddenly we are talking about your problems with past projects, do not shirk. Give an answer explaining the difficulties of the situations and how you solved them. And in no case do not blame others for your troubles.

4. Prepare your voice

Prepare your voice

 Anxious job seekers at job interviews often clear their throat due to a wheezing. From excessive excitement, the mouth dries up, and the ligaments tighten. A tongue-tied wheezer will not seem like a confident worker, so the voice should be prepared. Before the interview, say tongue twisters and relax your vocal cords by doing vocal exercises. And be sure to drink water.

 5. Be Competent

Be Competent

The most prevalent cause for rejection is that the candidate was insufficiently qualified for the position. No matter how high a salary beckons you, do not apply for a position in which you do not understand anything. Even if you are suddenly hired by a miracle, you will not cope with the work. What's next? Dismissal and bad recommendations with a damaged reputation. 
For example, now it is fashionable to go into the IT field and everyone is running there: from plumbers to professors of linguistics. HRs howl like a wolf from long hours wasted on people who are far from IT. By the way, we have a huge selection of educational books for those who want to become an IT specialist on their own.

6. Mute your phone

When the applicant's phone is continually vibrating and he is constantly distracted by calls, it is quite inconvenient. Turn off the sound for a while. 
You can even do it in front of your interlocutor. So say: "Wait a second, I'll turn off the sound so that we are not distracted." This is how you show respect and show your interest in the conversation. But it is better to turn off the sound in advance.

7. Eat an hour before the interview

In a hurry, we eat, anyhow. Be aware that heavy meals, large meals, and digestive problems can ruin your interview. Eat something simple and filling ahead of time so you don't get distracted by cola gas or shawarma hiccups.

8. Be prepared for a stressful job interview

Thanks to template makers who boasted of stress resistance, some employers began to conduct interviews that unsettled. In my opinion, from such performances zero sense. Why would you squander your life on a theatrical performance? However, it is worth attending such an interview once - for experience. And yet, I would not recommend foaming at the mouth to fight for a place in a company where such methods are honored.

9. Smile Do you have a nice smile?

Smile Do you have a nice smile?

 Then let her go! They say that without the ability to smile it is impossible to charm a client and sell a product. The same applies to the employer and the presentation of your professional skills. The smile should not be hysterical and permanent. Smile naturally, appropriately and in moderation.

10. Research the company ahead of time.

Research the company ahead of time.

 And be sure to show the interlocutor that you are familiar with the history of the company. Employers will love it. Look at how badly the interview of the heroine of the movie The Devil Wears Prada started . Yes, in the end she was miraculously rehabilitated, but after all, from the very beginning it was possible not to say wildness in the spirit: “I don’t know who you are and I don’t read your magazine.” At the very least, this is banal disrespect. By the way, right there we see an example with the choice of unsuccessful clothes, which we talked about in the first paragraph. In the tape, the heroine was lucky and she was hired, but in real life, the result of the interview would hardly have been successful.

11. Don't brag too much.

Don't brag too much

 Of course, it is important to mention diplomas, work experience, knowledge of languages. Just do not pose as an indispensable employee. When a person earns his own worth too diligently, a reasonable question arises: “Why are you the coolest, most indispensable and smartest person running for interviews, and not managing your own company?”...

12. Ask counter questions

Ask counter questions

Young applicants are sitting as if they were being interrogated. They answer all questions, but they are afraid to ask themselves. In vain. Ask, you have every reason to. You are not slaves, but workers, you need to know what you are signing up for. A wise employer will appreciate your sanity. However, do not ask about corporate secrets. Otherwise, you will be considered as intruders of competitors. Again, it will not be superfluous to show that you have studied the specifics of the company in advance.

13. Study the decor of the room

Study the decor of the room

 Do you know what 99% of applicants look like? They enter the office and look into the eyes of the interlocutor. You don't have to do that. Firstly, it is unnerving, and secondly, you will miss important information from the environment. Let your gaze unobtrusively wander from time to time. Out of the corner of your eye note important details. For example, if a person has a photo of children on the table, he doesn’t need to say phrases like: “Oh, don’t be afraid, I won’t go on maternity leave, because I hate backbiters, I’m not an ovulatory yap to you.” Analyze the situation, connect the deduction, remember the virtuoso monologue of Kaiser Soze. It's elementary, Watson!

14. Think about the answers to the questions

Think about the answers to the questions

 Questions at interviews can be different, but almost always ask "Why do you want to work with us?". Indeed, why? “I don't have anything to eat, I have to feed the kids, and you have health insurance" – honest, yet insensitive responses. Think about what attracted you to this job and answer wisely.

 15. Get smart

 Do not be afraid to answer the employer's questions with non-standard answers or solve his TOR in some unusual way. You will draw attention to yourself. Especially creative approaches are highly valued in the advertising business and in the IT industry.

16. Rehearse the handshake

 We turn to the most problematic point for me - to handshakes. Gone are the days when ladies didn’t shake hands, so not only men should learn how to shake hands. I’m still a germophobe and can’t stand the touch of strangers, so after shaking hands I pull my hand away and instinctively wipe it with a handkerchief. This is how you can't do it. =-) Learn to shake hands sincerely, firmly, but not painfully. If your palms are sweaty, smear them with a little baby powder before the interview.

 17. Show off your skills

 Even in an interview, you can show what you are capable of in business. Do it unobtrusively, as if maintaining a conversation. 

18. Know your worth

 Golden rule: think soberly, do not overestimate yourself because of inflated and unreasonable self-esteem. No need to turn up your nose if you know nothing, have not studied anything and would not have hired yourself.If you're a pro, however, don't be scared to turn down an employer that plainly undervalued your abilities. A truly intelligent specialist will always find a job, and wasting your life for a humiliating, low-paid and unpromising job is not effective. The situation from the video is not a pretty fairy tale. Both my acquaintances and myself have had cases when a failed employer later begged to return. And on much better terms!

19. Be on time

 Of course, you shouldn’t be late for an interview, but you also don’t need to prop up the walls of the office for an hour even before it opens. If the employer sees that you have dragged yourself to him much earlier, he will understand that you need this position simply brutally. So he will immediately feel like an all-powerful master of the situation and will turn you around like a puppet.

 20. Get a better understanding of your obligations.

 There's no need to rush to all of the interviews without first learning everything there is to know about the job. You can get rejected, get hired for a worthless job, or even run into scammers. Always make inquiries before going to the interview.

21. Remove the smell of nicotine

 Abroad, smoking has long been a taboo, but in Slavic countries, many people continue to smoke.And the stench from them is horrible. A person will instinctively not want to hire you if the entire interview reeks of cigarettes. Many advise not to smoke before the interview, but then the smoker will sweat and be nervous. Just smoke outdoors, go to the toilet, wash your hands and rinse your mouth with mouthwash. A non-smoker will still notice the touch smoke, but it won't irritate him as much.

 22. Show confidence

 When a potential employee is inexperienced or in dire need of money, he is too nervous and the employer senses it. Relax, there's no reason for you to develop psychosis or nervous breakdowns. Demonstrate that you are eager to complete the task.

23. No need to be an imbecile

 Many gurus recommend mirroring the interlocutor in order to please him. It's about copying posture, manner of speaking, and so on. Sometimes such tricks really help if a person is a born actor and mirrors unobtrusively. But in most cases it looks miserable and wildly annoying. The employer is not an idiot, he sees that you are copying him. Just like other applicants copied it before you. And he was sick of it! Sit in a natural position for you, do not pose as a third-rate mime.

 24. Take the necessary documents with you

 Make sure in advance that you have copies of the documents that you may need when hiring: a copy of your passport, ID code, etc. Be fully prepared, suddenly you are asked about them. However, do not shine with a pile of papers - hide them in a bag. Otherwise, the interlocutor will decide: “Look how impudent he is. Already decided that we hired him. And here are the figurines!

 25. Avoid formulaic resumes

 As a rule, a resume is submitted before the interview, or at the interview itself, the employer asks the applicant to describe himself. Be concise and give only the necessary information. There is no need to use stereotyped phrases worn to holes. They won't play into your hands. Such expressions describe a person as average at best. At least two of the most gloomy terms, "sociable" and "stress-resistant," should be avoided. Do you want to be stressed all the time?