Top 10 Ways to Ace the Interview

November 10, 2008

10. Dress the part! Come to the interview in professional business suit. This will impress the interviewer and they will be able to picture you working in their office.

9. Maintain eye contact! This is a simple but effective way to show confidence in yourself and your abilities.

8. Speak clearly and smoothly. You want the interviewer to understand you so no slang and no filler words to jumble up your answers. Also, if you have a thick accent try to enunciate clearly.

7. Arrive early for the interview. Show up to the interview at least 15 minuets in advance, yes you may have to wait but it is all about the company—not you.

6. Be familiar with the position you are applying for. While this may seem very obvious, know the title and duties of the position you are applying for, you do not want to make a fool of yourself when you have to ask the “stupid” questions.

5. Take notes during the interview. This is a way to show the interviewer that you are really interested in the position and the company plus it will help you later when you have to way different options. But don’t forget to give the interviewer your undivided attention.

4. Ask questions. This is another way to show interest in the position. If you do not ask questions the interviewer may perceive you as uninterested and pass you by.

3. Do your research before hand. This will not only help you develop questions to ask the interviewer but it will be a gold star for you in their eyes. Showing knowledge about the company shows your interest and helps with conversation.

2. Act like everyone you talk to is interviewing you. This includes the secretary, all the employees you are introduced to, everyone! While these people may not be part of the formal interview, it is part of an informal interview—they will all share their notes afterwards and you want to make a great impression.

1. Know yourself! You’re most likely thinking that this is the easiest thing but it is hard for some. You need to not only know all of your past experiences but know where you want to go and where you are currently. This will come in handy when the interviewer asks you “Why should I hire you?”

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