Interview Strategies to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

September 19th, 2014

The current job market is a very competitive place. Dozens ─ sometimes even hundreds ─ of candidates are often competing for the same position. This means you need to bring you A-game to every aspect of the candidate selection process, to ensure you’re not passed over.

If you think all the hard work is behind you now that you’ve made it to the job interview ─ think again. This is your opportunity to show the hiring manager you’re more than just good on paper, so take the time to properly prepare in advance.

5 Interview Strategies Guaranteed to Impress

Preparing for an upcoming interview? Gain an edge on the other candidates by using the following five strategies:

  1. Research the Company: If you want to impress interviewers, you need to do your homework on the organization. While you don’t need to worry about memorizing detailed information, having a working knowledge of the company history, products/services and mission will show that you’re genuinely interested in the organization.
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice!: You certainly can’t predict everything an interviewer will ask you, but preparing responses to common interview questions is a great start. If possible, enlist the help of a friend or family member to ask you the questions, serving as mock interview to prepare you for the real one.
  3. Dress to Impress: Even if you were told the company is very casual, it’s still advisable to dust off your finest suit and wear it to the interview. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
  4. Ask Questions: Always ask questions when the interviewer invites you to take the floor. Rather than focusing on generic inquiries that could be asked of any hiring manager, use the research you conducted prior to the interview to pose pointed questions. This gives you the chance to gain additional insight on the company and will certainly make a good impression.
  5. Be Mindful of Nonverbal Cues: It’s inevitable that you’re probably going to be a bit nervous, which is only natural. However, it’s important to be aware of the nonverbal cues you may be unknowingly sending out of nervousness, such as crossing your arms, fidgeting and looking down, as these behaviors are guaranteed not to impress the hiring manger.

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