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6 Tips to Nail Your Job Interview

Job interviews can be an intimidating process for anyone. That’s why it’s important to prepare beforehand and set yourself up for as much success as you can. It takes time to get over the nerves of this process, and that’s why I’ve put together this list of tips to nail your job interview. 

1. Do your research ahead of time.

Research the company you’re applying for, and if you can, the position you are applying for. Regardless of how obvious it seems, many people will walk into a job interview not knowing much beyond the company name. If you are applying to a job in social media, look at the company’s social channels ahead of time. If it’s at an agency, research their talent. Understand what it is that you’re getting yourself into, and show those you are meeting that you truly do care about the company. That understanding can make a world of difference.

2. Expect the unexpected.

We can all look up job interview questions online and prepare our strengths and weaknesses to our heart’s content. That being said, when in a real life conversation with someone, they’re not always going to stick to the book. Be prepared to answer honestly and if you don’t know something, don’t pretend you do. Honesty is always the best policy. There have been interview questions that I have knowingly bombed because I was afraid to say I didn’t know. The times I did admit that I wasn’t too sure, however, the honesty was always well-received.

3. Dress for the job you want.

One quote that has always stuck with me is “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. Of course, some days when I work from home I’m definitely dressing for the nap I want, but that’s beside the point. When preparing for an interview and doing your research, get to know the “vibe” of the company and dress accordingly for your interview. Your look should almost always be office appropriate, but the degree of ‘fanciness’ can vary dependent on the company.

4. Print out your resumé, bring your portfolio, prepare your materials.

Regardless of the fact that the interviewer has likely printed out your resumé, bring a copy of yours along. Show the interviewer that you’ve made the effort that day. If you’re a little more eco-friendly, bring your resumé or portfolio on an iPad–– just do something to show them that you were prepared in case they weren’t.

5. Don’t be late, be prepared to wait.

Being late for a job interview, regardless of reason, says to the interviewer “my time is more valuable than yours”. Be prepared to show up early (but not wildly early–– 5 to 10 minutes) and be prepared to wait. This is taking place in the middle of their work day (and sometimes in the middle of yours), and they might need an extra few minutes before they can push pause on their day. Use that waiting time before the interview to cool down, get comfortable and, if you can, assess the way others are acting in that environment. Is everyone relaxed and laughing, or is it a serious and quiet environment?

6. Be yourself.

This is the most important part of job interviewing: be yourself. You don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t want to work with you. Let your personality shine through. That doesn’t mean kick back and put your feet on the table, but it does mean show them who you really are and what you’re made of. At the end of the day, you’re both humans sitting across the table from each other just trying to do wonderful things and get through the day. Remember that fact if you’re feeling intimidated. Yes, they are judging you, but you’re judging them too to see if this position is the right fit for you.

Got any tips for job interviews that I’m missing? Drop them in the comments section!

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6 Tips to Nail Your Job Interview

  1. Kristy Bullard says:

    These are some great suggestions! Interviews can be very stressful, and it helps to go in with a game plan.

  2. As someone who has been the interviewer on the other side of the table I can’t agree more with this list. Showing up on time, doing your research, and admitting when you don’t know the answer are absolute musts in my book. Great list!

  3. says:

    These are wonderful suggestions that I will keep in mind. I always say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

  4. These are great tips to nail the interview but I think be yourself is one of the key. Just relax and speak like usual and do not need to pretend to be someone else!

  5. says:

    Really great tips. I think you should do a little research on the place that you’re interviewing for, if you can find any other information. That’ll impress the interviewer.

  6. says:

    While I am past my interviewing years, I will pass this on to my adult children. I think these are great tips and suggestions. Being ready for an interview is most important dress and otherwise.

  7. These are all such great tips! Going in for a job interview can be intimidating, so it’s good to be as prepared as possible. 🙂

  8. says:

    These were 6 great tips on interview techniques. This is surely going to help prepare anyone who has an upcoming interview.

  9. I definitely agree with all of this. I have never dressed as nice as I did for my interviews. I wanted to show that I was taking them seriously.

  10. My husband wrote out his answers to a bunch of the popular questions asked by employers. When he went to his interview, he just thought back to the information that he wrote down. He nailed this job.

  11. says:

    These are great tips. Thank you so much for this information. That is so helpful.

  12. says:

    For me, the most important thing is being relaxed. As an interviewed and as an interviewer, I feel very uncomfortable when I see a person is nervous or stressed. When I’m interviewing someone I do my best to make others feel good in their skin. Sometimes, an employer can lost an incredible worker just because he was too nervous to express ideas, experiences, wills. And as an interviewed I’m always very relaxed. I need this to pay attention in what I’m saying, how my body is expressing myself, how interviewer is reacting to me. I think it’s better to stay truly original what is impossible if you think you’re being "tested".

  13. These are great tips! Going to pass this along to my friend who is currently interviewing the job.

  14. These are amazing tips! I love the “expect the unexpected” part!

  15. says:

    I so don’t miss job interviews! I would always get so nervous and when I’m nervous I’m super chatty!

  16. I’m a freelance so I never got to be in a job interview but your tips sound very accurate, I absolutely agree with your recommendations 🙂

  17. says:

    These are such great interview tips. It’s always important to be yourself.

  18. says:

    This is certainly something people can benefit from. Going to a job interview can be so overwhelming, but being prepared helps a lot.

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