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Job Interview Tips

October 5, 2020

Tips and tricks to ace your job interview and get that best job in your city


Why must you pay attention to a job interview?

A Job interview is a legit opportunity for the employee and the employer to have firsthand experience with each other to be able to decide if their skills and their characters are in sync with needs and the culture followed in that firm or that industry.


It is commonly said that interviewees must prepare very hard and extensively to ace the interview. However, we will deviate from the traditional platitudes to tell you here that job interview questions are almost on the expected lines. Apart from the fact that they are held so that your potential employers can know about your strengths and weaknesses. Job interviews are and can become a game-changer if you closely follow job interview tips.


What are these interview tips?


1. Continuously review frequently asked interview questions:

The best thing to do is first make a list of all the questions that are generally asked and make a list of those questions that you suspect will be asked particularly. Now take help from someone and practice answering them. If you do not have help at hand, you could practice all of it in front of the mirror. Make sure you are consciously aware of your diction, your expression, and your hand gestures. Body posture also talks a lot about your confidence levels.


2. Be prepared to exhibit the skills that the employer is looking for:

Sometimes the questions asked in a job interview are only a garb to gauge the employee’s skill levels. The employer wants to see if the prospective employee has the skills and expertise to handle the job at hand. Therefore, make sure that you have suitably prepared and ready with a display of all your


– Strengths as you see it

– Your ability to work as an individual and as a team

– Leadership qualities

– Willingness to learn new things on your job

– Your input and contribution to the previous employment

– You problem-solving skills

– Soft skills


3. Make sure you qualify for the job:

Before you reply to a job opening, make sure you have figured out if your qualifications suit the job requirements. You can do this easily by making a list of all the requirements vis a vis your qualifications. If you have ticked 70 to 80 percent of the list, you may be confident of acing your interview.


However, you may be asked questions about the skill that you are lacking. Plan thoroughly how you will address the situation during the interview and convince the interviewer(s) that you will quickly learn that missing skill on the job.


4. List out all the questions that you want to ask the interviewer(s):

A job interview is a two-way road. While the interviewers can ask questions to see if you will fit into their organization, you can also ask questions. Ensure that you prepare questions that will elicit your interest in that job and the company you are interviewing at.


An excellent place to begin is to comment on a news article that you read on the company’s website or some other question that may be related to it or its star employees. Enquire about your job profile and what are the duties that you are expected to perform at it.


Here are some of the questions to ask in a job interview:

– What will be my daily responsibilities?

– Who will be appraising my responsibilities, and what is the process for appraisal?

– Is it possible for you to explain the organizational structure that is followed here?

– What is the software that we use?

– What is the company’s growth plan for the next five years?


5. Don’t go there without essential stationery items:

You are going there for a job interview, and therefore you must be prepared well. Do not, in any case, forget to carry these essential things inside the room.


– A couple of smooth writing instruments

– A scribble pad or a notebook

– Copies of your resume

– Your reference letters in duplicate or triplicate depending on the number of interviewers you are expected to face

– Recommendation letters

– License

– Transcripts

– Your work portfolio


6. Punctuality is the key:

Plan your schedule flawlessly and keep buffering time for eventualities. It would be best if you reached the interview spot at least a quarter-hour before the schedule. Ensure you have booked your transport and do not have to take a carpool or a lift. Go there entirely by yourself.


7. The Dos and the Don’ts:

Dress appropriately for the interview. It would be best if you look professional. Do not wear earphones or headphones when you reach the company. Song players and backpacks are no-nos. Take your smile and your sense of humor along. They will save your day!

Your confidence must be evident from your posture and the way you are taking the interviewer’s questions. Try to answer naturally. If there is something that you are not sure about, tell them that you are not certain about it and that you will not want to comment on something that you are doubtful about.


Your body language is critical for you to ace the interview. Offer to shake hands and make sure that you shake firmly. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview. As a courtesy, switch off your cell phone before you enter the interview room. You don’t want to get distracted from your line of thoughts by annoying ringtones.


8. Listen intently to answer the questions:

Welcome all questions and try to focus on how you want to approach answering them. If they are difficult questions, try to give as honest answers as possible. Interviewers are waiting to see through your weaknesses, job interviews are adept at it. Therefore, form all the answers in the head before you begin attempting.


If there is an ambiguous question, do not be afraid to clarify it again or ask it to be repeated. Never rush with answers to a question that you have misunderstood.


9. The end is as important as the beginning:

Closing your interview, impressively, is like winning the remaining half battle. A good close will ensure that you are on top of your interviewer’s mind when they are deliberating the candidates.

Be extremely courteous throughout but make sure that you allow the interviewer to close it. You may take a minute or two to summarize your strengths and weaknesses or a particular skill or expertise you forgot to mention earlier. Think of an anecdote to end, emphasizing why you are the right fit for the job in question.


10. Taking leave:

You could ask the interview panel or find out from the reception desk if there are any follow up interviews for the selected candidates. Ask the prospective employers the tentative date for their decision. Enquire when you may inquire about the interview and remember sending a thank-you note or a letter after the interview.


Here is a list of essential questions that the interviewer may ask and how you may answer them:


  • How do you perceive our company in the industry?

Focus on who the company’s competitors are. It would be best if you made a shortlist of all the competitive advantages that the company has over its competitors. Make sure that you research the company concerning the industry that it belongs to. You may want to research the competition too.


  • Why do you want this job?

Always be prepared with at least five points why you are the best candidate for the job. For instance, you have excellent communication skills, etc. this question has many scopes for you to answer about what interests you, what are the things that are valuable to you, and what kind of rewards you are looking at.


Here is a quick reminder: Practice ensures success

It all comes down to thorough preparation and confidence. It is a good thing to be qualified and to be able to answer all the questions, but you must be able to say it out confidently enough to convince the interviewers to consider you. Do not mumble or garble. Be clear in your thoughts and speech. Like we said earlier, practice will make sure that you improve each time you say it.



Several studies have indicated that interviewers know just 10 or 15 minutes into the interview, which the candidate will make the mark. The rest of the time, it says that they are only going about to re-confirm their convictions. That is precisely why the first quarter-hour is the most crucial. Create the best rapport and display energy and enthusiasm in the first few minutes. Make sure you wind up appreciating the interviewers giving you their time. Start and end the rendezvous with positivity. Use positively reinforcing statements such as “I have been looking forward to this for so long.” Or “I am so happy to be here finally!”


Follow these tips, and you will see that no one can stop you from achieving your goals.