101 Interview Tips EVERY Job Applicant Should Know

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6. Do your usual morning routine early - By taking your breakfast early or doing your usual routine earlier than usual, you would be providing yourself with extra time in preparing for the interview. It is best that you are not rushing to get to the interview. With that, you are able to ensure that you are calm and collected when you get to the venue.


7. Eat well but don’t overdo it - It is best that you eat well the day before your big job interview. This is to ensure that you will be supplying your body with the nutrients that it needs, so as to prevent any kind of stress. However, keep in mind not to overdo it, since overeating might disturb your system.


8. Go to bed as early as possible - Sleeping as early as possible would provide you enough rest for the upcoming interview. Make sure as well that you brush your teeth and wash your face prior to sleeping. By doing this, you can ensure that you would be able to sleep well and have enough energy for the next day.


9. Set up your alarm - To make sure that you wake up early for your job interview, it is best that you set up your alarm for it. Just make sure that you set it to wake you up twice, with a few minutes interval. With that, you would be making sure that you would be able to start your day early since the second alarm would definitely wake you up if you happen to turn off the first one.


10. Take a shower - Taking a shower would ensure that you will feel refreshed for the interview. It would also help in making you look as presentable as possible. In addition, it would help in waking up every part of your body, in order to perform at your best for your job interview.


11. Eat a healthy breakfast - Job interviews, especially if it would take some time, can become draining. Thus, you need to have lots of energy to sustain yourself in answering all the questions that would be thrown at you. With a healthy breakfast, you can ensure that you would have enough energy to think of the best answers, even for the toughest questions.


12. Avoid problem foods - There are certain foods that may get your stomach upset. Some people are not used to eating lots of dairy foods, while others cannot tolerate foods that are spicy. Whatever the case may be, make sure to avoid foods that can upset your stomach, since it would just add more to your concerns.


13. Brush your teeth - Brushing your teeth would not just make it stronger or tougher. It would also ensure that you would be comfortable in talking in front of your interviewers. The last thing that you want to happen during the interview is to see strange reactions from your interviewers every time you talk. Thus, it is best to brush your teeth, so that your breath won’t smell bad.


14. Iron your clothes - One of the best things to do to become more presentable is to iron your clothes. Make sure to do this a day before your interview, so that you won’t be rushing things on the big day. Just iron them and hang them inside your closet, so that they would look the same the next day.


15. Don’t use sunglasses - Although using sunglasses can help you drive on a sunny day, it may not be a good idea to use one when you are on your way for a job interview. This is because it can leave marks around your eyes. Aside from that, you may accidentally bring it with you inside the venue, which will just become another thing that you need to watch over for.


16. Don’t forget to make use of a breath freshener - Although brushing your teeth may already get things done as far as your fresh breath is concerned, it may still be best to use a breath freshener. This is because, you could go through a series of interviews, which can take half a day. With a breath freshener that lasts long, you would become more confident with it.


17. Don’t overdo your cologne or perfume - Part of being presentable is to smell good. However, you should make sure that you won’t overdo making use of your favorite perfume or cologne. This is because some brands may be too strong for certain persons. Aside from that, it may even trigger an allergic reaction to one of your interviewers.


18. Be in business attire - It is best that you do your research about the usual dress code of the company you are applying a work for. However, if you are unsure, it is best that you wear your best business attire. This is to ensure that you would be able to make a good impression, by looking as professional as possible.


19. Polish your shoes - You need to keep in mind that there may be certain types of interviewers who may look at you from head to foot when you enter the office for the interview. Some do it as a technique to intimidate you, while others simply do it to check how you dress up. Thus, it is best to polish your shoes, so that the moment you enter the office, they would already be impressed by its cleanliness.


20. Plan your route - When you are on your way to the place for the interview, you don’t want to get stuck in traffic and become late for it. Thus, it is best that you plan your route to the place so that you can avoid any kind of traffic disturbances. You can do your research about this through the internet, or you can also go there a day or two before the interview, just to check on the best roads to take.


21. Have someone watch over your kids - If you have been used to watching over your kids, then you should hire someone to watch over them, at least for the time that you are going to have your job interview. However, it is best that you do it a day prior to it so that you will have more time to prepare. Hire someone you can trust so that you would be at ease.


22. Hide your bad habits - You have to be selling yourself to the interviewer when you go through the interview. Thus, do not bring up certain negative experiences that you have gone through your life, such as your failing marks in high school, your tendency to procrastinate, and such. If you discuss these things, it may lead the interviewer to focus more on them instead of your good qualities.


23. Prepare to introduce yourself - In an interview, there is always going to be the usual introduction, in which you would be telling the interviewers about your name, age, school attended, and such. It is best that you prepare your own spiel for this. By doing that, you would be having a good start, which can be a factor that can determine your entire performance.


24. Be flexible when it comes to scheduling for the interview, but avoid doing it after lunch - If you are asked by the company’s representative regarding the schedule for the interview, you should be open to any possible time. However, if given a choice, it is best to have the interview in the morning. This way, you and the human resources persons would be starting out fresh. In other words, you are all in the good mood and still full of energy.


25. Be prepared for the different types of interviews - Keep in mind that there are different types of interviews being conducted these days. Aside from the usual face to face, some would be done through phone or video conferencing. Therefore, you need to be prepared by setting your mind about it, so that you won’t get surprised and lose sight on what you want to achieve.


26. Go to the restroom a few minutes before the interview - Since you are given the exact time when your interview would start, then you would be able to have enough time to make sure that you are properly focused when it begins. One of the things that you can do about it is to go to the restroom 3 to 5 minutes before the interview. By doing that, you can check how you look, as well as make sure that your bladder is empty.


27. Drink a glass of water prior to the interview - Whether it is going to be the final or initial interview for your job application, you can be assured that in order to get the job you want, you have to properly answer the questions asked. In other words, there would be lots of talking in your part. Drinking a glass of water before the interview starts should help ensure that your throat won’t get dried up while you are talking.


28. Relax - While you are waiting for your turn to get interviewed, you need to relax. If you are nervous about introducing yourself, then practice it, so that you would gain more confidence. Aside from that, you should also sit back read your notes, and enjoy a conversation with a friend if you have the chance. It is best to be relaxed before it starts so that you would be calmed and collected by the time you enter the room.


29. Practice good posture - Whether you are already inside the room for your interview or are still waiting for it, you should always observe proper posture. When you sit or stand properly, you won’t be putting too much pressure on certain parts of your body. Because of that, you would become more relaxed, and would be able to breathe normally, which are very important things when it comes to performing well in interviews.


30. Be confident - Whatever kind of position you are applying for, you can be assured that your employer wants someone who is confident enough in handling himself. Thus, it is important that you are confident about yourself. When you are confident, people would be able to see it on the way you move and the way you talk.


31. Be optimistic - Keep in mind that one of the best things that you can do in order to boost your self-confidence in getting the job you want is to think positively. You should always tell yourself that you can do it. By doing that, you would eventually reach your subconscious mind, and it would provide you with more motivation and drive, in order to get the job that you have been dreaming about.


32. Be courteous - Always remind yourself to treat the persons who will interview you with courtesy and respect. You can show this by preventing yourself from interrupting them when they are talking. Aside from that, show them that they are the ones who are in control, by simply following their lead, for the whole duration of the interview.


33. Make eye contact - In order to show your interviewers that you are sincere and that you are giving honest answers to their questions, you should look at them in the eyes. Aside from that, making eye contact would also show that you are listening to them attentively; and, this is one of the traits that they are surely searching for, in whatever kind of job that you are applying for.


34. Laugh politely - There are times when an interviewer would crack some joke, in which it is actually fine to laugh. Although laughing can take away your nervousness, and it is also quite embarrassing for the interviewer if you do not laugh at his joke, overdoing it is a different story. It is best that you keep your laugh under control so that you would still show them that you are indeed professional.


35. If you should, complement the company and not the interviewer - Always remember that when it comes to getting the job you want, flattery may not get you to it. Therefore, if you are planning on complimenting the interviewer, then you should think again. However, it is actually a good idea to compliment the company, since employers like to hire people who actually like their company.


36. Ask the right questions - Although it is a good idea to ask questions, you should also pick those that are more appropriate. Aside from that, don’t ask questions that are too obvious. Asking questions should be done in a professional manner, and it should appear that you are simply trying to supplement the knowledge you have regarding the business, which you have gained through research.


37. Don’t ask about drug testing or background checks - Background checks, as well as drug tests, are often required by certain types of companies these days. In relation to that, if you get hired, your employer would tell you about it. Thus, it is best not to ask questions regarding it. Asking the questions may even make the other person think that you don’t want to go through drug testing and checks, which is not a good way to impress them.


38. Don’t ask about paid time off - Asking questions should be limited to general information about the company. Thus, it is inappropriate to ask about time off or paid vacation leave. Aside from that, when you ask about it, your employer may rethink hiring you, since he may begin to doubt your work ethics. In addition, he may also think that you haven’t even begun working yet, but you are already thinking about having a vacation.


39. Don’t try to ask questions just to prolong the interview - Prolonging the interview would not get you anywhere. The interviewers would not make use of a timer or a stopwatch, in order to see how much time you spent inside the room with them. Thus, asking questions to prolong it would not improve your chances in getting the job. Instead, just focus on more important questions to ask, to make a good impression.


40. Never lie in your interview - It is never a good idea to lie during the course of the interview. You should keep in mind that most interviewers are human resource personnel, in which they are most likely experts in psychology. Therefore, they would know how to look for signs, when someone is lying. Be honest, and if your honest answer puts you in a bad spot, always bring out the positive side in it.


41. Practice selling yourself - You should know how to sell yourself to your prospective employer. There may be a chance that you are not the most qualified candidate for the job; however, there is always a better way to present yourself to your interviewers, so that they would see that you are the best job applicant they have talked to for the week.


42. Discuss your hobbies, but be careful in doing so - There is a possibility that the interviewers would ask you about your hobbies. Even if you do have lots of hobbies, practice yourself in just discussing those that would not require much of your time. Because if you do discuss those that require time, your potential employer may think that you would not be able to provide your job with your full attention.


43. Take advantage of the first few minutes in building your confidence - Keep in mind that in most interviews, the first part of it would be the introduction, in which you would be telling them about yourself. It is best that you take advantage of it to build your confidence, by preparing for it. Anticipate certain introductory questions, so that you can prepare your answers for them.


44. Do not forget to bring copies of your resume - There are times when there would be more than one person who would interview you. Therefore, it is a good idea that you bring extra copies of your resume so that you can hand it over to them. Interviewers would usually jot down notes on the applicant’s resume; and, by making sure that each one of them has a copy of yours, you are making their job easier, which may score you some points.


45. It is best to turn off your phone - It is always best to avoid possible distractions, while the interview is being conducted. One of the things that may distract you as well as the interviewers is the ringing sound of your phone. If you put it in vibration mode when someone calls you, you could still get bothered by it; thus, it is best if you turn it off, so that you can focus on the ongoing interview.


46. Prepare your references - You can be assured that your potential employer would ask you for character references. Therefore, it is best that you indicate them in your resume. If not, then be prepared in writing their names and contact details on a piece of paper, when asked. Just make sure that you ask your friends’ and colleagues’ permission beforehand so that they won’t get surprised.


47. Bring only things that are necessary - When you go to the venue for your interview, you don’t want to be bothered with too many things to take care of. Therefore, it is best that you bring only those things that you really need. Bring a pen, a notepad, and other things, which you may think that you really need, prior to entering the room for the interview.


48. Practice your handshake - At the start of the interview, there is a good chance that your interviewers would shake your hand, prior to asking you to sit down. Keep in mind that some of them do this just to welcome you, while others do it, since a handshake can tell someone a lot about a person. It is best to have a firm handshake, but not too hard so that they can see that you are a confident person and someone whom they can rely on.


49. Enhance your nonverbal skills - Your nonverbal skills would include the way you position yourself, while the interviewers are asking you questions. Negative nonverbal skills would include slouching, looking at the ceiling, not maintaining eye contact, and such. To present yourself positively, you should maintain good posture, avoid doing certain hand movements, and look at your employees straight in the eyes.


50. Listen to the interviewer attentively - One of the things that you want to avoid during the interview is to have your interviewer repeat his questions. Thus, it is best that you listen to him attentively. By doing that, you would not just make sure that you can understand the questions properly, but it would also show that you re interested in getting the job.

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