7 Job Interview Tips You Definitely Shouldn’t Ignore

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Next to attitude, preparation is everything when it comes to interviews

Job interviews are very stressful for most people – there is plenty at stake and it all hinges on your ability to perform well under stress and to promote yourself without coming of as arrogant, insecure or crazy.

Speaking publicly, even in front of small crowds, is a difficult task to master and your nerves can get the best of you and make you seem inadequate.

To truly optimize your presentation takes time, but with a few simple tips you can quickly improve your interview skills.

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Be Prepared

It’s not enough just to know the company’s name and the position you are applying for – it is a good idea to dig a little deeper and get to know a bit more about your potential employers.

Try and learn about some of the company’s policies, a little bit about their history and some projects they are involved in.

This way you will actually have enough information to ask some relevant questions.

Practice Your Delivery With a Friend

This is an incredibly useful step that is often overlooked.

Just have a friend or a few friends sit down at a table with you and ask you a few typical job interview questions.

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Don’t just answer 3 or 4 questions and then grab a beer and watch some TV – get them to tell you what you are doing wrong and what areas of your presentation need some work.

On the next go, try to iron out all those little mistakes.

Devote about half an hour to an hour to practicing with your friends.

Work On Your Body Language In Front of a Mirror

Another thing you need is to work on your body language.

Everyone gets stage fright, but if you work on it you can learn to control your nervous ticks and come off as a confident individual.

Confidence is a very important trait in all social situations and with the right posture you can convey it, even if you still feel a scared inside.

Keep your back straight, don’t fidget around, keep eye contact with the interviewer, make slow and deliberate movements, keep your voice steady and speak loudly enough and relax your shoulders.

You can even be a bit laid back, as it is important to look like you are comfortable.

Keep your palms on your thighs or even clench the hands lightly into fists if you don’t know what to do with your hands.

Calm Yourself

Have a relaxation routine consisting of light stretching and breathing exercises before the interview.

It is good to practice these techniques even before the practice sessions with your friends to get used to them.

You don’t have to be a yoga master to do this – just do some basic stretches to relax the muscles and then take several deep breaths, counting to 8 on the inhale, holding the breath a couple of seconds than exhaling for another 8 count and waiting two seconds before inhaling again.

A few minutes of this should be enough to calm your nerves.

It’s Better to Talk Less

During the interview people get very talkative.

It’s usually because they are nervous, but some people can get too comfortable and say all kinds of things that can be detrimental to their cause.

The less you say, the lesser the chance of saying the wrong thing.

Answer the questions concisely and think about what you are going to say.

Smile

This is a simple little thing, but it can make a huge difference.

Having a light smile on your face conveys to people that you are an open, positive and genuine person.

It is a sign of respect and intimacy, and a great way to come across as a nice person.

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The Last Word

All in all it all boils down to learning to cope with fear and having good conversation skills, and a good part of it is simply being prepared.

These tips can be used even just a day before the interview to increase your chances of success – if you have a few days to prepare devote a couple of hours each day to working on calming your nerves and conducting a good interview.

If you’re interested to expand your knowledge with more job interview tips, this website provide more tips and useful resources.

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Damian Wolf is part time blogger since 2009, writing mostly for technology and life blogs as well as contributing to a mining job agency website, one of the best Australian online destinations for job seekers.

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