Can you ace an interview?
Do you have a big interview with the company you have been thrilled to join? It’s pretty normal that you are freaking out.
Most of us would.
But if you really want to land that job, you have to be exactly the opposite. You should bolster your courage to ace your next interview. And we are here to show you the path.
So grab a cuppa and enjoy this article as we guide you on ways to ace the next big interview like a pro!
The 3 Big Research to Ace an Interview
Take a look at the three important factors concerning your interview.
- The job role you are targeting
- The company
Take a look at yourself
Discover the strengths and skills that you have that can show the interviewers. For instance, some training you’ve received that concerns the job.
List out all the positive sides of you that you can think of. And don’t forget to identify your weaknesses too.
The job you’re interested in
Next, you have to do quite a bit of research on the job role that you are opting for.
Try to figure out what you would have to do every day and how you can cope up with them.
Also, investigate the skills and knowledge required to excel in that role.
You will need to match your capacity and capability with what you discover.
The company you plan to join
Last but not the least, you should know about the company you plan to join.
- What is their primary business?
- How long have they been in the industry?
You may make an assumption about the future of the company after reading up about them.
Harvard career consultant Linda Spencer suggested having a prompt knowledge about a company before going for an interview.
Besides, understanding more about the company you want to be a part of helps you understand whether you and the company are a good fit.
Looks Matters to Ace an Interview
You can’t go to an interview wearing your smart casuals.
You should wear something slightly more formal than your usual workwear.
It portrays professionalism.
Also, colours matter in terms of creating vibes and moods during the interview. The elite HRs around the world said that different colour schemes of your dress give different impressions.
For example, blue signifies that you are a team player; black resembles leadership qualities; grey would suggest that you are analytical.
You should try to avoid wearing vibrant colours like orange or yellow because they would make you look less serious.
Although some people said that it resembles creativity but most of the HRs have suggested avoiding overly vibrant colours.
How about Your Gestures?
Your body language tells millions of tales.
According to two research studies (Mehrabian & Wiener, 1967 and Mehrabian & Ferris, 1967)
- 55% of communication is body language,
- 38% is the tone of voice, and
- 7% is the actual words spoken.
Therefore, in a consistent environment with a typical context, cluster and congruence, you should be able to predict, prepare and practice your non-verbal communication cues. Mostly hand gestures, head or eye movements, and your sitting-down position.
For example, if you sit back and relax during the interview session, you may appear disrespectful, arrogant and unprofessional.
Try sitting straight but overly done to the point that you look uncomfortable.
Just remember, people don’t only talk with their voices, they talk with their whole body.
Limit your hand gestures because too much may be distracting. You may also appear aggressive.
Let your hands move naturally as you talk. Make sure they are not forced. These gestures help you to show your sincerity and confidence.
Avoid not moving your arms or hands at all. You will appear overly stiff. Though some sympathetic interviewer may overlook the nervousness.
But, if you’re going for a higher position or a leadership role, you would want to appear as someone who can handle an interview.
Don’t Blabber, Be Honest!
We have seen interviewees with resumes filled with colourful skills and achievements. While in reality, they have none. Don’t be that person.
Eventually, the truth will come out.
Moreover, if you have managed to get the job by telling all these lies, you will probably suffer in the long run.
So, be honest and genuine.
Who knows, Human Resources might even consider your honesty your biggest asset and hire you based on that behaviour.
Remember, colourful resumes are not as important as the potential of a person, namely coachability, learnability, and growth potentials.
Remember, a person who has nothing but is coachable is better than a person with many skills but can’t work with the team.
All of these intrinsic qualities insinuate themselves in the way you carry yourself during interviews, your past work, your future potentials, and more. So making them talk and show themselves is important if you want to ace an interview.
Be Confident and Positive During Your Interview
Confidence is the key wow your interviewer and ace an interview. Most of the HR managers consider that being confident is the most valuable skill an interviewee can have.
So, boost up your confidence and keep telling yourself – “If anybody can do it, it’s you!”
So, say goodbye to all the negativities and bring your A-game! Your confidence and your attitude will win you the job of your dream.
Finally, you know you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for the interview of your life, so have faith that things will work out fine for you.
Tell yourself, what’s the worst that can happen if you try.
Before you go, here are some notable ways to stay calm and confidence. You deserve to ace an interview like you’ve prepared yourself to.
- deep breathing (your heart rate will slow down, intake of oxygen increases, your blood vessels dilate and your muscle will relax)
- visualise yourself in the interview doing pretty fine (this exercise is good because most of the time the nervousness comes from the not knowing, that mostly anticipation brings stress)
- flush out all the worst-case scenario (for the same reason as above)
- eat something healthy before the interview (you will feel much better without all the possible gas in your tummy due to anxiety)
- smile and pay attention to your posture (physiological change can change your psychology, so have your chest out, shoulder straight, and smile