9 Ways to Succeed in Your Next Job Interview
A job interview can be one of the most stressful
parts of a job search, especially when it’s for a job you really want.
You will probably spend the entire week leading up to the interview worrying about how it’s going
to go, what you’re going to say or what you’ll be asked. You’ll have that pit in your stomach,
sweaty palms, and a racing heart as you drive to the interview site.
If the job you’re interviewing for feels like the one that you really want and deserve, then
consider this interview advice to make sure you do your best when the big day finally arrives:
1. Research the company.
Know as much as you can about the company with which you’re interviewing. There will be a
moment in the interview when the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions.
The biggest mistake you could make would be to have a blank look on your face and come up with
no question. This is the moment where you can show you know your stuff.
Be ready for the interview with a set of questions that show your interest and knowledge of the
2. Practice makes perfect.
Grab a friend to act as the interviewer, and rehearse typical interview questions you can expect to
Get over the silliness of rehearsing and take it seriously. It will serve you well if you can verbalize
your answers before actually going in for the interview.
If you can’t get anyone to help, then sit in front of a mirror and say your answers out loud.
3. Bring copies of your resume and cover letter.
You want to carry yourself as professionally as possible, so be prepared when the interviewer asks
you for a resume and a list of references.
Make sure to print your copies on quality resume paper. Appearances count for a lot in the
interview process, and if you can produce whatever is asked of you at the drop of the hat you’ll
come off looking great.
4. Dress for success.
Your appearance is crucial. This extends to your clothing selection.
Make sure it’s not flashy, but appropriate for a business setting. Take extra time to prepare before
you leave your house.
Again, you may want to try on some outfits for your spouse or a friend who will be honest in their
5. Be early.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but if you keep them waiting you have virtually no chance for
Show up at least ten minutes early.
If the interviewer happens to be ready before the scheduled time, it will make you look that much
better in their eyes if they can start the interview at their convenience.
6. Be affable.
Give a warm smile when you are brought in for the interview. Give a firm handshake, and express
your gratitude for the opportunity to be considered for the position.
Don’t be too gushy when talking, as this will come off as groveling and will make you seem too
Be confident and concise in your answers.
7. Be comfortable.
The interviewer knows that you’re bound to be a bit nervous -– it’s human nature -– but you want
to come off as cool as you can.
Wait to be seated and then move your chair a little closer to the interviewer to make yourself look
more interested. Don’t sit too close, but close enough to let the interviewer know you’re serious.
8. Eye contact is crucial.
Maintaining eye contact is one of the biggest ways to show your sincerity. It lets the interviewer
know you’re listening to what he or she has to say.
You want to be careful that you’re not staring, but also try to limit the amount you look away or
around the room.
You want to create an impression that you’re comfortable in this setting, and eye contact is one
way you can make certain that you’re doing so.
9. Follow up with a thank you letter.
Within a day or two you should send a thank-you letter or e-mail reiterating your gratitude for the
opportunity to interview for the position.
Express your interest in the position and the company, and ask if there is any more information you
can pass along.
Make it short and sweet, with professionalism always in mind.