This article focuses on the 10 most important — the 10 best — job-interviewing tips for job-seekers.
Best Job Interviewing Tips for Job-Seekers
1. Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity. Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seeker’s part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you’ll understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions (as well as ask insightful questions — see #8). Information sources include the organization’s Website and other published materials, search engines, research tools, and your network of contacts. Learn more about job-search job-interview researching here.
- Job Interview Questions Database
- Sample Behavioral Interview Questions
- Sample Traditional Interview Questions
- STAR Interviewing Technique
- Composing Written Responses to Interview Questions
3. Dress for Success.
The day before the interview, pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those along too. Finally, remember to pack several pens and a pad of paper to jot notes. Finally, as you get to the offices, shut off your cell phone. (And if you were chewing gum, get rid of it.) For additional tips and advice, read our article, 24-Hour Countdown to the Job Interview.
Finally, as the interview winds down, ask about the next steps in the process and the timetable the employer expects to use to make a decision about the position. If you are applying for a sales job — or a position requiring equivalent aggressiveness — consider asking for the job at the end of the interview. See our article, Closing the Sale and Overcoming Objections in Job Interview.
Final Thoughts on Job Interview Success
Succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in obtaining job offers — especially if you remember and follow these 10 job interviewing tips. Finally, if you are still searching for even more information, resources, tools, and samples related to interviewing, here are a few more key Quintessential Careers tools:
- Interview Questions
- Interview Videos
- The Quintessential Guide to Interview Preparation (free e-book)
- Frequently Asked Questions About Interviews: Comprehensive Job Interviewing FAQ
- The Quintessential Guide to Behavioral Interviewing (free e-book)
- Quintessential Careers Job Interviewing Quiz for Job-Seekers
- Job Interview Tutorial
- Interviewing Prep: Job Interview Checklist
- Job Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.