101 Interview Tips EVERY Job Applicant Should Know

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51. Prepare an answer to a question referring to your future - When an interviewer ask you about where you would see yourself in 5 or so years, then he is trying to see if you are planning to have a short term or a long-term engagement with them. Thus, it is best to choose your answer wisely, since it can be the final question that can determine the outcome of the interview.

52. Prepare an answer to a question that would tell them why they want to hire you - This is the question that would give you the chance to tell them about how interested you are in working for them. Aside from that, you should also support your claim that you are the best candidate by mentioning some of your skills, which may help you perform at your best for the job you are applying for.

53. Prepare an answer for a question regarding leaving your previous job - When an interviewer checks your resume and see that you are either about to leave your previous job or already left it months ago, then he would ask you a question about it. Provide a positive answer for it, such as career development. Don’t provide any kind of negative comment about your previous company, since that is not a good idea.

54. Prepare an answer for a question regarding what you have been doing ever since leaving the previous company - If you have left your previous job prior to applying for this new job you are being interviewed for, then you should prepare a good answer, if you are asked about what you have been doing after leaving the previous job. Try to focus more on doing things to improve your marketability, such as developing certain skills, or improving your knowledge on certain things.

55. Prepare an answer for a question regarding your strengths as well as weaknesses - Interviewers in most cases would ask you about your strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to your strengths, focus more on the things that you are used to doing, in which you are able to develop your skills. For your weaknesses, it is best to focus more on how you were able to come up with ways in improving yourself, or overcoming your weaknesses.

56. Prepare an answer to a question regarding whether you work better with a team or by yourself - In answering a question like this, it is best to consider that employers are trying to see your motivation as an individual, as well as your potentials of becoming a leader. Thus, answer it with something that would tell them how you excelled in both types of working environments.

57. Prepare for questions that would relate to your experience - When your potential employers ask you about your past experiences, it is best to consider the type of job that you are applying for in answering it. By doing that, you can provide them with answers, which will show them that you have gone through certain tasks, which can help you in doing your job well if you work in their company. Thus, focus more on your experiences that are related to the job you want to have.

58. Prepare to tell them instances when you went beyond your call of duty - Interviewers are in constant search for workers who would go an extra mile in either serving the company, or its customers. Therefore, it is best to prepare telling a short story, which would show them how you go beyond the expectations of your employers or customers, so that they can also expect that from you if ever they decide to give you a try.

59. Elaborate your answers but don’t overdo it - When you provide your answers to each of the questions, you should try to elaborate it, so that they would see a better picture of what you are trying to tell them. However, it is not wise to overdo it, since it can consume too much time. Aside from that, it may also lead them to think that you are trying to exaggerate things.

60. Don’t forget to practice answering questions of interviewers - A day or two prior to the interview, it is best to think about all the possible questions that interviewers would ask you. Try to come up with your answers to these questions, and say it out loud. It is even better if you look at yourself in the mirror in doing this, so that you would be able to see your facial expression, and make adjustments if necessary.

61. Come up with your own questions - Keep in mind that employers want to hire people who are interested in their company. Thus, it is best that you come up with your own questions that you want to ask during the interview. However, you should think about these questions prior to the interview, so that you would be able to come up with professional and appropriate ones.

62. Prepare probing questions - Probing questions would show that you are not just asking questions, just for the sake of asking them. It would show your potential employers, that you are indeed trying to get certain facts in order to satisfy your curiosity. Aside from that, it would also show that that you are indeed interested about their company.

63. Make available an email address where they can contact you - In these modern times, there is a possibility that your potential employer may want to contact you through email after the interview. Thus, it is best to provide them with one. However, you should also ensure that it comes from a reputable site, so that they won’t hesitate sending you a message.

64. Be friendly to all persons you come across with - When you are waiting for your turn to get interviewed, you would be coming across a number of persons. It is best to treat them with respect and courtesy. Although in most cases, many of the people you would meet are also employment candidates, there is also a chance that you would rub shoulders with your interviewers.

65. If a company literature is available, read it - When you arrive early at the venue for the interview, the receptionist would most likely ask you to take a sit, and wait for a few minutes. If you chance upon a company literature, don’t hesitate in reading it. Doing that would provide you more idea about the company, which could also help you in answering their questions related to it.

66. Be a professional in introducing yourself - Begin the interview by presenting yourself professionally. This would mean that you need to practice talking in a professional tone. Aside from that, you should answer their questions in the same way; and, don’t ask personal questions or bring up personal issues. Presenting yourself professionally would also help you in building your confidence.

67. Take note of important things that might come out during the interview - There are lots of things that might come out during the interview. Aside from your experiences, skills, or talents, things like your relationship with your previous colleagues, may also come out. Thus, it is always best to be prepared so that you won’t feel lost when they begin asking you questions.

68. Breathe deeply - Nervousness usually attacks a person just before the interview starts or upon introducing himself. Thus, it is best that you take a deep breath, just before uttering the first word. Breathing deeply would calm your nerves, which can effectively take away your nervousness. This is very important, since you need to be calmed and collected, in order to be comfortable in talking with your interviewers.

69. Don’t be afraid in asking the interviewer to repeat his question - Although you may be shy in asking your interviewer to repeat a question, it is still better to ask him to do it, instead of risking giving out an answer that is out of topic. However, you should try to listen as attentively as possible, so that you won’t keep asking him to repeat himself.

70. Let the interviewer offer you the seat - After entering the room, you would probably see a seat where, employment candidates are going to situated to be interviewed. However, it is best that you wait for the interviewer to offer you the seat, before taking it. By doing that, you would show them how polite you are. When the seat is offered, don’t forget to thank them.

71. Be yourself - If you believe that you are indeed the person who should take the job, then you should be yourself when you go through the interview. Let them get a glance of your positive personality, as you answer questions by your interviewers. By doing this, you would be providing them with an impression that you are not hiding anything.

72. Don’t forget to review your resume before the interview - When potential employers ask you questions, some of these queries would be related to the facts that they are able to read from your resume. Therefore, you should review your resume prior to going through the interview, so that you would be prepared in answering questions related to them.

73. Rephrase the question if you are not able to understand it perfectly - There may be times when, even if the interviewer clearly stated the question, you are not confident that you understand it properly. To make sure that you did, you should reword the question, to confirm if it is what the interviewer is asking about. Doing this would not just ensure that you understand it perfectly, but it can also help you provide the right answers.

74. Let the interviewer stay in control - Even if you have become quite comfortable in discussing things with your interviewer, it is still best that you let him stay in control. This would show that you respect him, and you simply want to follow his lead in conducting the interview. When you do this, you would be able to encourage a more positive atmosphere between you and the interviewer.

75. Be enthusiastic in providing your answers - When interviewers ask you a bunch of questions, you should show them that you are interested in providing them the answers. By doing this, it would give them the impression that you are an open book, which they can always acquire important answers from. Thus, it would show them that you are also someone they can rely on.

76. Do not interrupt - There may be times when you still have a lot of things that you want to say regarding a question they asked. However, you should not be carried away with it, and interrupt your interviewers. Interrupting them would show disrespect, which is not a good thing to do if you want to get the job that you are applying for.

77. If you want to highlight certain strengths, make sure it would coincide with the position you are applying for - There may be times when you want to emphasize on your strengths, in the effort of impressing the interviewers to get the job. However, you need to make sure that the strengths you are focusing on are related to the position you want. This way, you can assure them that your skills can help you perform at your best with the job you want.

78. Salary expectations - One of the most common questions that may be asked by an employer is your salary expectations. Thus, you should come up with a figure just before the interview. For the amount you want, try to estimate how much they are paying for the position you are applying for. If you are currently employed though, try to make it higher than what you are earning, but don’t overdo it.

79. Be prepared in saying something better, if a question comes up, in which you don’t know the answer to - Just in case a question comes up, which you don’t know the answer to, try to still make a positive impression, by admitting that you don’t know it, but you are positive that they would provide you training for it. In most cases though, such questions may be technical in nature; thus, it is best that you are qualified for the position you are applying for.

80. Be prepared in saying something, if they tell you that there is a part of the job, which you do not have any experiences with - This can happen if they check your resume and they see nothing in it that may be related to some tasks, which are involved in the kind of job that you are aiming for. In this case, you should assure them that you are looking forward to developing more skills, which is one of the reasons you want the job. Aside from that, if you can think of an experience that you have gone through that is related to it, then you should mention it.

81. Don’t talk too fast - Aside from making sure that you understand the questions perfectly, you should also ensure that your interviewers understand everything you are saying. Therefore, you should be conscious in pacing yourself when you give out your answers. Talk in a slower manner, so that you can properly construct your sentences, and explain things clearly.

82. Ask for water if you need one - At the middle part of the interview, if you have already discussed a lot of things, then there would be a possibility that your throat may become dry. If you experience it, you should not hesitate in asking for a glass of water. This would ensure that you can go on with the interview, and be able to answer questions, without minding your throat.

83. Don’t assume that interviewers are very familiar with certain acronyms - Even if you are applying for a technical position, you should keep in mind that there is a possibility that your interviewers are not familiar with some technical terms. Thus, it is best that you make use of simpler words, so that they won’t have to keep on asking you to explain things further.

84. Don’t say anything negative regarding your previous employers - Whether you are currently employed or you have left your previous job a few months ago, you should not mention anything negative about the previous company you worked for. Be honest as you can, but always stay positive. Keep in mind that they could also become your previous employers if they hire you.

85. Discuss your hobbies if you want to, but don’t overdo it - Interviews usually go through certain steps in the part of the employers. At the starting point, they may ask you about personal things, such as your hobbies. In answering a question related to that, you should make it brief, since they are just checking how normal you are living your life.

86. Make sure to let your interviewers know that you really are interested in the job you are applying for - There are instances when a person does not get hired, even if he answered the questions as perfectly as possible. A possible reason behind this is that, he was not able to provide an impression that he is really interested in the job. Thus, you should make that as a part of selling yourself to the company, so that you can get the job.

87. Don’t forget to smile - Whether you are still in the lobby and waiting for the interviewers to call you, or you are already with them, you should not forget to smile. Smiling would not just encourage a positive atmosphere, but it can also make you feel better about yourself. Aside from that, since smiling is contagious, they could see you as someone who could encourage other employees to smile while they are working as well.

88. Thank the interviewers - Don’t forget to thank the interviewers as the interview is coming to its conclusion. This would show them your appreciation in giving you a chance in getting the job that they are offering. Aside from that, it would also come out that you are indeed a person who practices professionalism.

89. Shake the hands of the interviewers if possible - Aside from thanking your potential employers for the time they spent in checking your qualifications, you should also shake their hands, before living the place. This is also a gesture that would show your professionalism. On top of that, if you were not able to shake their hands at the beginning part of the interview, then this is the time to make a good impression in it.

90. Keep in mind that they also have a schedule they need to follow - You would know if it is already the final steps of the interview, since in most cases, your interviewers would already put down their pens and your resume. Thus, you should not prolong the interview by telling them about something, or asking more questions. Keep in mind that they also need to follow their schedules.

91. Tell your potential employers that you are looking forward hearing from them - By telling them that you are looking forward getting in contact with them again, you are reiterating that you are indeed very interested in getting the job. If you are among the candidates they are seriously considering for the position, then showing them your interest may eventually seal the deal.

92. Ask the interviewers for their contact details if possible - Before you leave the office after the interview, try to ask your potential employers for their contact details. This would provide you a way to contact them to know about how you did on the interview, a day to a few days after the interview.

93. Assess the outcome of your interview - After the interview, try to assess the outcome of it, so that you would be able to have your own prediction about getting the job or not. It would also give you a better way of deciding, whether you want to keep on looking for other opportunities that are available or not.

94. Try to identify things that you could improve on for the next interview - No matter how much you have prepared for the interview, there is always room for improvement. Thus, it is best that you identify the things that you could make some improvements on it, so that you would have better performance the next time. Keep in mind that the next time could also be your final interview with the same company.

95. Note down the questions that you were not very prepared for - In an interview, in most cases, the questions that you would definitely remember later on, are those that you were not able to provide answers, which you were very satisfied with. Take note of them, so that you would come up with better answers to them, and be ready the next time.

96. Think positively - Even if your assessment tells you that you are not going to land the job you want, you should still think positively about it. Thinking positively should also be done prior to the interview, so that you would be confident enough in going through it. Believe in yourself, so that your interviewers would see you as the employee that they are looking for.

97. Contact one of the interviewers the next day - To get a better idea regarding your performance in the interview, it is a good idea to contact one of the interviewers the next day. However, you should make sure that this is a practice that is acceptable to them. Aside from that, if they can’t provide you a clear answer yet, don’t force them to, since it may annoy them.

98. Keep your phone beside you all the time - After the interview, make it a point to place your mobile phone beside you for most of the time. Although in most cases, you would be called up by your employees a day after the interview, it is still best to keep your phone near you, since there may be certain things that they need from you, in addition to their requirements.

99. Contact the people you have indicated as references - Do not forget to tell your colleagues, your friends, or your previous employers that you have indicated them as character references. This is to prepare them in possibly receiving a call from your potential employer. Aside from that, it would also give you a chance to remind them to tell your new employer about positive things about you.

100. Be prepared for an offer - When you feel that you are getting the job, then you should prepare yourself for a possible job offer. Thus, you should try to anticipate the kind of compensation that they could offer to you, and decide on the things that could make you decline the offer or accept it. Keep in mind that there is a big possibility that what you indicated as your salary expectation could be the same as the offer.

101. Assess their offer as properly as possible - If a job offer takes place, in most cases, you would be at the office of your potential employer to sign a contract if you decide to accept it. Before you make up your mind though, make sure to assess the offer by considering the compensation, benefits, and other things, so that you can make a sound decision about it.

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