Tips to Ace A Job Interview

When you go on an interview, you’ll want to avoid mistakes that may end up costing you the job. Finding a job that you really want to apply for is hard enough. Avoid the following mistakes when you go to a job interview so you can land the job you want or need:

Dress Appropriately

Men should wear a suit to higher level job interviews and slacks with a button down dress shirt to others. If you are a woman, a suit dress or a skirt and blouse is fine, although a suit is better. Women can also wear slacks and a nice button down shirt. Be sure to also wear the appropriate footwear. Unless you’re in a pinch, tennis shoes are not acceptable. Try to avoid wearing too much makeup if you are a woman and easy on the perfume or cologne, too. You’re trying to get a job, not a boyfriend or girlfriend so you want to look professional, not like you’re heading out for a night on the town.

Be Prepared for Questions

The purpose of the job interview is for the employer to learn what you know about the job and how your past experiences can be an asset to their company. If you aren’t prepared for questions and stumble around when you are asked questions, you may end up blundering the job interview. Be ready to answer questions that pertaining to the job that you’re interviewing for.

Mind Your Manners

You should always stand up when you meet the interviewer and offer your hand in a handshake. Look the other person in the eye, greet them and tell them your name. At the end of the interview, be sure to shake hands again and tell them that it was a pleasure meeting them and thank them for the opportunity. If you forget your manners it will probably end up costing you the job interview and the job. Be polite, shake hands and look someone in the eye when they are talking to you. Also, don’t forget to sit up straight and not slouch during the interview.

Don’t be Negative about Past Job Experiences

This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a prospective employee. Never be negative about past job experiences. Regardless of the circumstances of your last job, try to turn it into a positive. Try to find things you learned in that job and share them rather than making any negative comments about your past jobs or supervisors.

Do Not Pretend to Know Things that You Don’t

If you’re asked a question at a job interview that you do not know the answer to, admit it. Many people might embellish a bit on their resume and even in the interview, but if you’re asked a question during a job interview and you try to fudge the answer it’s probably going to be obvious. Even if you think you’re good at lying, don’t do it. The question may be a trap, then what will you do..

Avoiding these common mistakes on your job interview can help you ace the interview and get the job.