Want to ace a job interview?
Job interviews are scary. They are intimidating. How well you do decides the outcome. It is obviously nerve wrecking. They want to see who you are and what you can do for their business yet you can’t even act like yourself because you’re afraid that will ruin the chances of you getting a call back.
I actually have a job interview today. I am actually freaking out. I’m really weird. I will be going crazy about something because of how nervous and scared I am but then once I am actually in the situation, it’s not that bad and I usually handle it well. With all that being known, it still doesn’t stop me from being absolutely terrified.
There is advice all over the Internet to help ace a job interview. They tell you what to do… what not to do. Sometimes it is overwhelming.
Here is some advice that I would give to help someone ace a job interview.
It will all be over soon
Like I said, I get super scared but in the end, I ask myself, “Why the heck was I even scared.” So just know that it will be over before you know it and later you will be asking yourself the same question I always do.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT say um, like, uh, or anything else similar. A lot of people want to answer super fast and then they have to pause and end up saying um. It is a filler word to break the silence. Don’t use it. Instead, take a few seconds, think about the question, and then answer it without any fillers.
Practice interview questions
There are questions all over the Internet to help you practice for interviews… take advantage of it. Here’s the thing, don’t practice every question word for word and memorize it like a speech. Doing that will only make you sound, well, rehearsed. So look at the questions and get an idea of what you would say if you were to be asked that.
It is so easy to slouch, you know? It’s comfortable I get it. Still, don’t do it. Sit up straight. It makes you look a lot more professional I promise. Slouching is not cute at a job interview; that will be one of the first things they notice about you.
Now, we have all heard about the handshake… Be firm. You know how to shake someone’s hand properly. If you don’t you better look it up and get to practice. Just don’t forget to do it.
This is super hard for me. I grew up in the north and moved to the south as a teen. Something that was basically forbidden up there was saying Ma’am and sir. I know it sounds silly but it’s true. Adults would get offended because it makes them feel old. Here in the south, if you don’t say it, you’re the rudest person alive. I agree, it is very respectful and is definitely a must for an interview. Yes, even in the North but if they tell you not to, then don’t after that, at least they know you are respectful. So, yes ma’am/sir, say it!
Now the attire is totally different depending on the job that you are interviewing for. Like if you were to be interviewing for a bank, nice dress pants, a loose top, and heels are very good. If you were to wear 5-inch heels to an interview for a job at a hospital, that is not very appropriate. For a hospital job, I’d go with shorter heels or even flats. So make sure you dress correctly. If you don’t know what to wear, look it up (Google, Pinterest, etc.). If you are applying for a bank job, look up ‘interview outfits for a bank,’ or something along those lines. And ladies, please, please, please, do not wear short dresses and skirts. If you have to ask ‘Hey, is this too short,’ it is most likely too short.
Now that you’ve read a few of my tips on how to ace a job interview, go look for some more and then practice with some questions! Good luck to you!