8 Things You Never Knew Could Help You Win that Job Interview
May 1, 2016

Then The New York Times pointed to all that is wrong

Job Interview Tips to Help You Succeed

We’ve all heard the usual advice about conducting a perfect job interview: prepare for questions, research the company, dress appropriately, and don’t be late!

But what are the extra details you can address to provide the best first impression of yourself and have a greater chance of interview success?

We’ve compiled a list of some of the more obscure job interview tips you could follow to improve your interview performance.

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1. Delve deeper into the company

Today companies don’t just exist as a simple website with an About Us page. Before you attend your interview, it’s worth preparing with a deeper level of research.

Find out what social pages the company has and explore them in depth to gain an idea of the company’s public persona.

Look through any blogs your potential future workplace maintains and read through the posts to understand the issues they deal with.

If the business you’re interviewing for releases quarterly or annual reports, it’s worthwhile browsing through them to establish an idea of company trends, projections and goals. You may be able to cite them in the interview, and that’s bound to impress.

2. Back up your assertions

It’s common to be asked what your strong suits are – and it’s worthwhile preparing a list of six personal strengths before you head into the interview.

But we highly recommend you also prepare a few scenarios that showcase where your strengths have come into their own. These could be professional or not, as long as they back up your claim.

3. Turn your mobile off

It sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often people forget. There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your interview – and possibly your flow – interrupted by the trill of your phone ringing.

We don’t mean turn it to silent either: the vibrations (both the sound and the feel) can be just as disruptive and throw you off your game.

4. Keep responses brief

When you’re nervous in an interview, it can be easy to let your tongue continue waggling long after your point has been made.

It’s a good idea to keep your answers brief – one to two minutes is recommended. That way you’ll be forced to get straight to the point. You’ll be showing respect to your (probably) time-poor interviewers and a greater degree of professionalism in yourself.

5. Elaborate on your answers

It may seem strange to recommend this when we’ve just told you to keep your answers brief. But sticking to yes-and-no response can be just as damaging as prattling on too long.

Explain why you agree or disagree with a statement, what you’re working on to address your weaknesses, and how you intend to complete any goals you state.

6. State your interests (expectations?)

It never pays to lie in an interview. It can raise the expectations of your potential employers. But it can also hold you back.

Let your interviewers know what you’re expecting from the position. Tell them your hopes and goals, the particular area you’re interested in, and your expectations for the future.  They will respect your honesty, but they may also take into account your own ambitions and place you in a position to fulfil them.

7. Be bold!

This one takes some bravery, but Forbes recommends asking your interviewers whether you have said or done anything during the interview that may deter them from hiring you.

If the answer is no, you can leave the interview feeling confident.

But if it’s yes, you’ll have a chance to clear up anything they’re unsure about – you’re essentially giving yourself a second chance before you’ve lost hope altogether!

8. Follow up

After your interview, it’s always recommendable to follow up with a short email or phone call. There’s no need to be pushy; simply thank them for the opportunity of an interview and express your enthusiasm for the job and your hope that you’ll hear from them soon.

It doesn’t hurt to remind them who you are either, especially if they’re running through a long list of position candidates.

Landing that job you’ve been waiting for can be a hugely satisfying achievement. It puts you well on the path to reaching your wealth goals and gives you a level of security you can only understand when you’re employed in a career path you enjoy.

Read more of our News and Views resources to find out how else you can progress on your wealth journey, from financial goals in your 20s to securing a stable retirement fund.

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