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How to Ace a Job Interview and Get Your Dream Job!

Updated on July 18, 2011
Ace a job interview with these job interview tips!
Ace a job interview with these job interview tips!

You Can Still Get Your Dream Job Even in Today's Economy

Looking for a job is never easy. Job hunting is a job in itself, and can be even more tiring and stressful than actually working. With today's economy, competition is even more fierce for jobs, especially in highly competitive fields.

Follow these job interview tips to learn how to improve your job interview skills and greatly improve your chances of getting the job you want. Here is how to ace a job interview:

Job Interview Preparation - Research

Before you ever head out to the interview, it is time to do research. You want to learn everything you can about the company that is giving you an interview for a job. Find out information such as how many employees, different departments, where are regional offices, the names of the top executives, et cetera. Try to remember most of it. This may help immensely during the job interview questions.

Job Interview Preparation Continued - Job Interview Questions and Answers

Also, pick out a question for the part of the job interview where the interviewer always asks if you have any questions. This is where you ask something such as, "Is it possible in the future to relocate to the Seattle or Austin regional offices?" or something along those lines that shows you have done your research on the company, too, and are knowledgeable. It also shows that you are interested in the company for the long haul.

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Choose your job interview outfit way ahead of time. Nothing kills a job interview success quicker than finding out the morning of the interview that your only tie has a stain or that your interview dress has a ripped seam.

When choosing what to wear for a job interview, keep a business image in mind. Choose proper business attire. Don't show up for an interview wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Even if you're not interviewing for a high powered, executive position, dress the part as if you are.

Inspect everything you plan to wear for your job interview carefully. Check for tears, stains, and snags. Try everything on as well. You could have gained or lost weight since the last time you wore it. Be sure it fits properly.

Check everything for your job interview wardrobe, including accessories. Be certain that you have both earrings and that the clasp on your necklace works properly, for instance.

One item that many people neglect for an interview wardrobe is their shoes. This one of the easiest interview mistakes to avoid. First, be sure that the shoes are proper for business occasions. Try to buy new shoes if at all possible. If not, shine your shoes until they look new. Add new laces if they require them. One of the best ways to have an unsuccessful job interview is to show up wearing scuffed, worn, or dirty shoes.

One More Free Job Interview Tip for Your Appearance

Another important thing to pay attention to if you want to learn how to ace a job interview is your hands. Meticulously manicure your hands before a job interview. Make sure that your nails are clean and cut short.

Ladies, now is not the time for long acrylic nails in neon colors. Keep your nails short and unpolished or in a clear coat or unobtrusive shade. Gentlemen, also make sure that your hands look neat and clean.

Job Interview Tips If You Want to Ace a Job Interview

Next is the interview itself. The day of the interview, don't put on your official interview wardrobe until you are going out the door. This prevents accidents from eating, spilling a drink, or other stains that can get on your interview outfit. And don't go to a drive-through restaurant on the way! You will be sure to somehow stain your outfit if you do.

Always, always, always arrive early for an interview- about fifteen minutes. Give yourself plenty of leeway when leaving to allow for those Murphy's Law holdups that inevitably occur before a job interview- car broke down blocking traffic, construction work, getting lost, and many more.

Don't worry about getting there too early. If you're lucky enough to be in that predicament before a job interview, just stay in your car or a sitting area and study your notes or listen to soothing music to help prepare for your job interview.


Job Interview Skills 101

During the interview, stay relaxed. Consciously concentrate on staying calm and focused. Listen carefully to the interview questions and answer them honestly.

When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, never say no. As mentioned earlier, now ask your question showing your knowledge of the company. And also ask questions that you actually want to know, such as retirement plans, vacation pay, promotion opportunities, and the like.

After the interview is over, proper interview etiquette is to send a thank-you letter to the person who interviewed you. Many people skip this step. It is a job interview mistake you can't afford to make.

With these job interview skills, you will surely ace a job interview. If you don't get the job, it won't be because the interview went badly. And keep on following these job interview tips to get the job you've always wanted.

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      ClassierCorn 6 years ago from Sweden

      Great tips for a successful Job Interview! I´ve set up a useful website with many tips on the subject Job Interview. For more information see http://www.jobinterview.n.nu/.

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      Novascotiamiss 7 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Great hub with lots of details that are quite often overlooked, thanks.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great tips. I haven't heard of or paid too much attention to the manicure area much being a guy but obviously you don;t want to do a oil change or paint the day before, unless you can wear gloves.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for these many valuable tips.

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