Succeeding at a Job Interview

Researching the company or making a list of key questions? There are a lot of things to think about before, during and after applying for a new job.  

But we have arrived to help you! In this article, we'll list the best tips on how to succeed at a job interview to get that post you've been looking for some time.  

Are you ready to start getting prepared? Continue reading!  

1.   Research the industry and the company  

Some of the interviewers' common questions may include how you perceive the company's position within the industry and how you can help them grow within it.  

Interviewers may also ask who are the direct and indirect competitors of the company where you are applying and what their competitive advantages are or how you can help the business move forward.  

For that reason, it is essential to thoroughly investigate the industry where the company operates. Avoid trying to know about many industries or you might get confused!  

2.   Clarify your strengths  

If you plan to prepare for an interview, you should not forget your strengthsor key selling points. In other words, you need to be clear about what makes you a good candidate for the position.  

You should have an example prepared for each argument. For example, if you think you can help the company get more customers, say you have good communication and persuasion skills. 

You should also prepare to tell the interviewer why you want that job. Is there anything of value you can offer the company? Make it clear!  

No matter how good you are, an interviewer won't make you an offer if they don't think you're really interested in the job.  

3.   Get ready for common questions  

Many people ignore the "simplest" part of the interviews. However, we recommend everyone pay attention to the questions that we consider most common.  

You can find a lot of lists on the Internet or in books. Choose one and identify the questions you're likely to have to answer in the interview.  

Some include basic information such as your age, address or academic status.  

Then, prepare the answers so you don't have to work too hard to find them out when you're talking to your future boss!  

4.   Define some smart questions for the interviewer  

Do you want a winning strategy to succeed in your job interview? Here it is: prepare some smart questions for your interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge about the company and the industry.  

In all interviews, the human resources staff always asks the interviewees if they have a question. Whatever happens, you should always have at least two.  

When a person responds by saying they have no questions to ask, the interviewer may assume they have little interest in the company or job.  

You should ask: "If you could design the ideal candidate for the position from scratch, what it would be like?" or "what do you expect the person who gets this position to contribute to the company?  

5.   Practice as much as you can  

You can write down all the answers to the questions you think your interviewer will ask. But you must remember that you will not have notes to read during the interview.  

In this sense, your best tool is training. Practice as much as you can before the interview so that your answers are fluid and natural. 

You'll sound a little confusing the first time you try to read your answers. However, rehearsing several times will help you respond more smoothly and articulately.  

Ask for help from some friends to rehearse several days before the interview and be sure to speak out loud! Unfortunately, repeating the answers in your mind will not be enough.  

6.   Focus on the first five minutes  

Experts say interviewers make a decision about the candidates applying for jobs in the first five minutes of the interview.  

Then, they spend some time trying to find information that confirms that decision. So, the best thing you can do is start talking with energy and enthusiasm.  

Express your thanks to the interviewer for their time and greet them kindly! You can also start with a positive comment about the company like: This company is doing a great job in the industry and I'm very excited to be able to contribute.  

7.   Get on the same side as the interviewer  

The interviewer is not your enemy. Many people see job interviews as adverse but the reality is completely different.  

Try to transform what many see as a "tug of war" into a relationship in which both parties are on the same side.  

In these cases, some phrases like "I'm happy to be able to learn more about the company" may be your best allies.  

8.   Get ready to answer awkward questions  

Interviewers may ask some inappropriate, uncomfortable, and illegal questions in some cases, such as those related to race, choice, sexual orientation, or marital status.  

But you have to be fully prepared to handle them. Actually, you have a couple of options to do so. You can respond by saying that you're not sure if the question is relevant to your application. 

Another option you have is to answer the part behind the question. For example: if the interviewer asks you if you plan to get married or have children, say that you are not sure but that you are now committed to your career and do not consider giving it up.  

9.   Close on a positive note 

If the interview is ending and you think the job is perfect for you, don't leave! Instead, ask for it! Tell your interviewer that you would really like the job and that you are convinced that you would like to work for the company.  

That positive statement in the end can help the interviewer define you as the best choice if there are more candidates opting for the same position.  

You can also clearly state your skills, showing the interviewer why you are the right person for the job.  

Other tips you shouldn’t miss 

  • Bring a copy of your resumeto each interview.

  • Take care of your body language. 

  • Make the most of the questions where you need to talk about yourself. 

  • Take responsibility for the interview.

  • Anticipate your interviewer's concerns. 

Final Thoughts 

Properly preparing for your job interview can make all the difference in your professional future. Follow the tips described in this post and go for that job you've always wanted!  

But remember that you must always trust yourself in order to achieve success.