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9 Valuable Tips To Have A Better Job Interview

Updated on September 7, 2015

Here's what you should know, you are a great person but you just have to improve some of your skills in answering questions during job interviews. You have a lot of questions and maybe you've exhausted yourself in finding solution. You have something missing in your effort to improve your answering skills, wherein I will tell you that later.

What you should be focusing on about is keeping a respectful attitude during interview, kinda like show them what they want to see. Don't say words that will have a bad effect to you and always remember to ask other people's experience so you can reference with them what you will do if it is your time to get interviewed.

What is the best time to arrive if I have an appointment during an interview?

You should come 15 minutes before your interview. But I prefer 30 mins before, you should be there. Why? It's because you want to relax yourself first when you arrive at their office. You don’t want to jump right away in an interview the minute you arrive. Don’t forget to drink water; it calms you down after the travel and the nervousness that you are feeling. So, don’t come late. Show up 30 mins before your appointment time.

What should I bring?

Bring the important or necessary documents that the hiring manager may ask of you.

Look at it this way, you may have sent your resume, but it is not enough to suffice the requirements that they need. Sometimes the hiring manager needs to see the actual certificates that you mention.

Besides, it saves you time whenever they ask something and you have it with you. It makes their decision process easier. And if they urgently need you, chances are you’ll get hired on the spot.

How I should answer the questions?

Think before you utter a word. What I mean is, do not answer question hastily. It shows that you are putting in much thought when you make your response. It makes you look smart when you answer questions correctly. Unlike when you answer it hastily, you end up making fun of yourself, and committing mistakes.

Should I answer personal questions?

It is possible to answer personal questions, as long as you know your boundaries how much personal information you want to tell them. But I suggest do not tell too many personal information about yourself. Some things should be kept within you. The hiring manager is still a stranger. I’ve seen some hiring manager gossiping about a person's personal information after their conversation and it is not good.

So to be safe, limit the personal information you want to tell them. Only those that you think are related to the job you are applying for. It saves you from the embarrassment later.

Should I ask a question after the interview is finished?

Definitely, you should ask them about the history of the company (off course you already research this prior your interview, you just want to have a conversation). Ask about the history of the company, what other services they offer, and how big the company is now. They like to boast their achievements so they will most likely tell you this information.

Shall I ask how much is my salary?

Now this is tricky, asking about your salary is a kinda likes a double edge sword. I would say yes and no. Why?

If you are already in a senior level, managerial position, or has a long experience in your position, it may work well on you if you ask how much is your salary upfront. That is, assuming you just finished the interview and you’re having the conversation.

But, if you are a fresh fish in your industry, I suggest don’t. Asking your salary means you have something valuable to offer in their table (it can be skills, knowledge, etc.).. Since you don’t have the experience yet (which is a best way to prove you are skilled) chances are they will even hesitate to hire you. The hiring manager will have a bad impression about you and you don’t want them to think that way, right? It’s up to you now to decide whether you'll ask it or you don’t.

What should I wear?

It should be formal enough to wear in any situation in an office environment and casual enough that it is still applicable to wear in an office where plenty professionals are working inside. You know the industry you are applying for, and you know the degree of profession of the hiring manager. So, think like him or her, what would he or she like to see during an interview. You will most likely determine what you should wear when you do this.

Also, don’t put too much perfume. Just enough to make yourself smell good and not cause allergic rhinitis to the hiring manager.

Should I bring my mobile phone during the interview?

Yes you can but make sure you silence it. No sound, no beep, no vibration. The room that they will interview you is most likely quiet and cold. You can only hear the sound of the air-condition unit or some other device making minimum sound (i.e.: coffee maker, fax machine printing, etc.). Any sound caused by your phone can be heard and disrupts the interview.

The bad part is if in case you forgot to silent your phone and you just ignore its sound or vibration during an interview, the hiring manager will even call your attention and tell you, "I think you need to answer that call". Big mistake, it already ruins the good impression you are building up in your interview. But don’t worry, you can just say to him. "Oh no problem, I'll just call the person later after the interview".

What if I talk too much?

To be safe, just answer the questions they are asking and keep it on topic. More talk, more mistakes, less talk, less mistakes. Keep in mind that the hiring manager’s time is important. If he or she initiated a conversation, then you have no choice but to continue the conversation. But if it is a question, it only needs an answer. And keep it direct to the point.

If they ask you to elaborate your answer, then do so. Just do what he or she ask in order to save you time and keep the pressure out of you. The more you extend your answer, the greater the chance that you'll make a mistake.

Now that you have it, what should you do with this information? The key is ACTION. Implement it. Don’t be like the others that keep on committing the same mistake that you’ve read.

Remember be respectful during your interview, say only the words that are necessary, and avoid the common mistakes that we’ve been discussing in this article. I assure you, this may sound simple but it will save you in many interview situations that you'll be facing in the future.


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