How to Ace Your Job Interview

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Going to a job interview can be nerve-wracking.

Whether you are going for a virtual, phone, or in-person interview, it’s always best to prepare yourself mentally, so you can answer the interviewer’s questions with confidence. 

Here are some tips on how you can ace your job interview. 

Do an interview prep the night before

Look up commonly asked questions during an interview. You should be able to predict some of the questions like what is your weakness and strengths, why are you fit for this role, or why did you quit your previous job. Rehearse what you are going to say until it feels natural saying it. During the actual interview, remember to relax and don’t overthink. If you don’t know how to answer a question, it’s okay to ask the interviewer to clarify or give an example. 

Research about the position you applied for

Did you apply for a marketing position or an administrative position? Go over the roles and responsibilities that the company posted and make a checklist of tasks that you’ve done that can be applied for the position you are aiming for. Go over the requirements as well and see what programs or certifications can be an asset. This will also help you answer some questions regarding your experience during your interview.

Stay hydrated

If you are going for an in-person interview and they asked if you want something to drink, say yes. It gives you time to collect yourself, and it calms the nerves. Your throat tends to get dry as well when you are talking a lot, so having a glass of water is handy to have.

Dress appropriately

They say that you should dress for the job that you want, but also add a bit of your personality. You don’t need to wear a suit or high heels. It would be awkward if you feel uncomfortable with the outfit that you are wearing. If you want to wear statement earrings, do it. As long as it’s appropriate, you should be fine. 

Introduce yourself like you are doing an elevator pitch

Interviews usually last from 5 minutes to an hour. In that time window, you have to make sure that you impress your future employer and you can sell yourself. Be confident with your skills and abilities. When your interviewer asks you to tell something about yourself, here are a few things you can say:

  • Your background and how it relates to the job you are applying for
  • Projects you have done,
  • Volunteer experience if you have any
Have your questions ready for your interviewer

We cannot stress this enough. Always have questions when you go for an interview. Why? Because it shows that you are interested and you took the time to do research on the company. Remember the rule of three. Have three questions ready when the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for us?”. 

Examples of questions you can ask:

  • What is your expectation for the next 6 months to 1 year for the person fulfilling this role?
  • If you were to hire me, how would you measure my performance or what are your merits to see if I did a good job or not? 
  • What does the day look like for the person in this role?

As you wrap up your interview, don’t forget to ask when you’ll hear back from them. One of the good signs that we notice during an interview is when the interviewer asks you if you want a tour around the office. Make sure to say yes. It really cements your interest in the company. 

Lastly, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the job.

Most of the time, there is just this one person that has the qualifications or experience that the company is looking for.

Take this as an opportunity to go over your resume and look into what you can change or add. Going to interviews is also a good practice when it comes to pitching yourself, and it’s good for networking. Maybe they don’t need you right now, but if they like you or if they see that you have the experience to do other projects, they might call you in the future.

If you need a confidence boost or a mentor, you can also hire a career coach to help you out. 

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.