Top Ten Tips For How to Ace a Job Interview
Well done, if you have suitably impressed with your resume/CV and cover letter, you have made it to the interview stage. The worst possible approach to take now is one of complacency. Preparation is required and due diligence is expected every single time.
- Research the company and the person who will be interviewing you
- Allow plenty of time so you don’t arrive late or flustered
- Check the address and location so you know where you are going
- It’s ok to take flashcards or notes to help you
- Bring a notebook and pen to take notes in the interview
- Make sure you understand the question before you answer, it’s ok to ask if you are unclear
- Know what the job description is and why you are being interviewed
- Know your resume and add personal anecdotes in the interview to add more color
- Don’t be afraid to show your personality
- Make sure you follow up after the interview with a thank you or next steps email/letter
In a multi-cultural society like ours, you can be interviewed by someone where neither of you are talking in your mother tongue. It is perfectly acceptable to explain that you are having problems understanding or following the conversation or for the pace to be slowed down. Some accents are very tough to interpret.