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How to Win At Interviews Get That Job

Updated on October 15, 2014
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How To Interview

This page covers how to interview for that job you want. Here is some guidance and suggestions for you if you are job hunting and new to interviews, or if you are a little rusty and need to revisit your job interview questions and answers and interview practice.

It gives help and guidance about job interview skills and how to interview to get that job! I have been both an interviewee and interviewer many times and often interviewed as part of my job.

You can utilise many of the techniques here to make you more comfortable and learn successfully how to interview

To your success :)

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The Interview - Winning Interviews

Job Interviews For Dummies
Job Interviews For Dummies

From the famous "dummies" range this book will walk you through how to use your attributes, skills and experiences to best of your ability and advantage to win the interview and get the job.

 

Interview-How To Win

Job Interviews are so important. It is the one chance you get to show all your skills and great suitability for the job.

Your application secured you the interview. You have demonstrated on paper the skills and aptitude they are looking for. Now they want to get to know the real you!

You want and need to nail that successful job interview!Time to face the Interview Chair!

Preparing For Winning That Job Interview

Things to do before you attend your job interview

Preparation for the successful job interview is very important and there are a number of things you need to do to ensure you are prepared and relaxed.

1.Find out where the job interview will be held and ensure you know how to get there and how long it will take you to get there. Plan your route. Decide if you are going by car, train, taxi or walking. Whatever you decide have a back up plan in case of unforeseen circumstances. If necessary do a dry run first.

2.Decide what you will wear for your interview. Wash it, iron it and hang it up ready the night before. Have ALL the clothes you will wear ready and the shoes as well. Make sure they are smart and comfortable and they fit you well.

3.Read over the job description and any information they sent to you. Reread your application form or letter. At your interview you may well be asked for more detail and you should know it off by heart.

4.If you have not yet done so send off for the company portfolio and read up about them on the internet. Ideally do this at least several days before the interview so you have time to absorb it.

5.Think and rehearse answers to questions you may be asked at the interview.

6.If the interviewers have asked you to bring any paperwork, evidence of qualifications etc get them out and ready at least the day before your interview.

Think and rehearse answers to questions you may be asked at the interview.

Interview- 12 Great Job Interview Tips - How to do your best in a job interview.

Job Interviews -The Informal Interview

2. The informal job interview. Usually you will find the interviewer sitting in a comfy chair, cups of coffee and in a much more relaxed environment.

Initially this may seem much better. However do remember that you are still being interviewed and you should still pay attention to your body language, speech and what you are saying.

Too relaxed and you may say something you regret!


3. Job Interview on the run!

This is not a recommended style of interview but in some firms this is what they do. So they will be showing you around the plant, farm or company and asking you questions as you go.

It is important that you ensure they are listening to your responses.

You may even want to summarise why you are right for the job before you leave.


There are also Job Interviews;


-where you are told in advance that you need to prepare a presentation.

-the telephone interview.

-where you will participate in an assessment centre to test your skills.


Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about these types of Interview situations as I may prepare a page for them.

Types Of Job Interview

The Job Interview can take several forms The Formal interview

The form a job interview takes may be very different depending on the type of company it is, the skill of the interviewer and the position applied for.

I have come across all these types in my working life so far.

1. The Formal Job Interview. Usually held in an office across a table or a boardroom situation.

This may be divided into two;

The Formal Job Interview with one interviewer and the Formal interview with a panel of interviewers.

a)The formal Job interview with a single interviewer.

The interview will usually (but not always) take the form of some pre interview chat to settle you. After that the Interviewer will ask you the questions and you will answer. You may get an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview.

It is straightforward as in that the interviewer is the only person you need to answer and take account of.


b) Panel job interviews.

These may consist of two or more interviewers. I once went to one with 5 interviewers!

The same approach is taken usually to settle you, then to start asking questions. However this time you have two or more people in the room it you.

It is good practice to look and pay full attention to the person asking the question while they are asking it, then in your response initially look at the person who asked it, then include in your gaze the other interviewers.



First impressions last. The interviewer wants to see that you care and that you have made an effort.

Your Personal Presentation

Personal presentation is very important. To a certain extent it does depend on what typ of job you are going for, a conservative job requires a more traditional dress and presentation , while a more creative job may give you more scope to show your individual flair.

Ensure you shower or bathe before an interview. Hygiene is very important. Clean your teeth. Wash your hair, clean and file your nails.

Unless it is in a very creative environment or in the beauty trade I would advise to go for only soft or neutral nail polish and conservative make up.

Tattoos-if you have tattos and you are applying for a job in a conservative environment do wear clothing that will cover them.

I would advise not to wear heavy perfume or aftershave at interview as this can be overpowering. Just a light spray if you feel you want to.

Hair should be neat and not in your face.

Beards or any facial hair should be appropriately trimmed and clean.

Clothes should be clean and well pressed and comfortable. Make sure you are happy sitting in them in any kind of chair. Choose clothes that do not crease. Shoes should be clean and polished.

Before you even attend the interview, you should know what type of company it is. If formal and conservative dress formally,(trousers shirt, tie , jacket or skirt/smart trousers blouse/top) If it is creative you have a bit more leeway in your dress but don't go over the top.


You want your interviewers to see and remember YOU not what you are wearing!

Present Yourself For Your Winning Job Interview

How to be presentable for that job interview.

First impressions last...


Especially when you present yourself for a job interview. You do not have very long to make that good first impression.


The interviewer wants to see that you care and that you have made an effort.

From the momment you are in the area of your interview you must present yourself for the job.

Whether you are in the car park, in the lobby and in the interview room be courteous to everyone you meet.


While waiting for your interview don't sit in the waiting room slobbed out.

Do not smoke or chew gum while you are waiting.

Everyone and anyone could be asked what their impression of you is by the Interviewer.


Be pleasant and polite to the receptionist, the doorman or woman -anyone you meet.


Job Interview Tips. Greeting The Interviewer. - How to greet the Interviewer at your Job Interview.

Prepare For The Winning Interview.

Make sure you are clean, fresh, neat and appropriate dressed.

Treat the interview from the second you enter the company premises.

Body Language At Interviews - Winning Body Language For Interviews

The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions
The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions

Most of us do not realise how much our body language says about us and gives away our true feelings. In this book the authors discuss aspects fo body language and help us to understand it so we are better able to read others body language and be aware of our own. This can be of particular interest and use when you are marketing yourself on the job market and in different interview situations.

 

Your Body Language At Interviews

Your body language says more at interview than you think!

Your body language, that is the way you hold your body and stand , sit and move during interviews can form a lasting impression. We communicate more with our body language than we do through speech. First impressions are often very significant and that is where the body language is very important.

Greeting the Interviewer is very important. Walk in confidently standing with your head up and walking tall. If they extend a handshake then shake their hand confidently and firmly. If not say Good morning/afternoon, hello etc in greeting.

Very Important-Smile!

Keep good Eye Contact Keep enough eye contact with the interviewer so he or she knows you are listening, without staring at them, try to keep it natural.

Take a seat. They will likely ask you to take a seat. When you do sit up in it, do not slouch or sink down in the seat. Neither perch on the edge as if you might take flight any minute! What you want to achieve is to seem calm and alert, relaxed and confident. So sit back in the seat, keep your spine straight and head up.

Now what to do with those hands?

Do not wring your hands or bite your nails or clasp and unclasp-many people do not even realise they are doing this. Try to fold your hands in your lap or place them on your knees. Do not smoke during interviews.Do not cross your arms across your body or sit huddled up. It makes you look defensive and scared.

Your legs and feet. Either sit with both feet on the floor or one leg crossed over athe knee or ankle. Avoid crossing your ankle over the other knee. Try to avoid the male dominant positions of legs wide apart. If you are wearing a skirt whatever position you assume should not reveal too much leg so practice how you will sit when you are picking out your clothes.

Sit up straight or lean slightly forwards to indicate interest.

When the Interview is over, say thank you , smile and walk confidently out of the room.

The Definitive Book of Body Language

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Essential Interview Qualities

Relaxation, Enthusiasm, Interest.

Three Essential Winning Interview Qualities

Job Interview Qualities Relaxation,Enthusiasm,Interest.

Relaxation.

Yeah right ! Does anyone truly feel relaxed in an interview? Well I don't know. However it is not what you feel that is important but that you Project relaxation. Your Body language and breathing can help you here.

Enthusiasm.

Given that you want this job you need to show and demonstrate that to the Interviewer. During the interview is not the time to be laid back or dispassionate. You have to demonstrate your enthusiasm.

Interest.

During your interview show that you are interested in what the Interviewer has to say. If they talk about the company or show you around show him or her that you are listening and are involved.

Answering Tough Interview Questions

Answering Tough Interview Questions for Dummies
Answering Tough Interview Questions for Dummies

Aimed to help people at all levels of job hunting form the first job to managerial level with those difficult interview questions

 

Interview Questions.

Typical Job Interview Questions

It is often difficult to predict the exact questions which will be asked. However the basic premis of the interview is to find out more about you and why you think you are suited to the job.

1.Why have you applied for this job?

2.What skills,abilities and personal characteristics do you think make you suitable for this job?

3.Why did you leave you last job?

4.Which part of your studies did you most enjoy?

5.Tell me about yourself?

6.Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?

7.Which part of the job most attracts you and why?

8. Tell me about your most successful project?

9. How would you handle the following scenario(then proceeds to give you a job situation you need to handle)

Interview Questions -Tell Me About Yourself-The Good Answer. - Interview questions hints and tips.

Many interviewers will ask this question or a variant of it. Prepare a structured answer that is not too long, relevant to the post and company you are applying for and detailed with examples.

Winning Answers To Tough Interview Questions

301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions
301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions

How to handle well the awkward, sometimes quirky interview questions.

 

Interview Tips-Tell Me About Yourself-The Bad Answer. - Interview hints and tips.

How To Interview, and Win - Cope with interview nerves

The Fear Course Handbook of How to do a Job Interview without Nerves or Anxiety
The Fear Course Handbook of How to do a Job Interview without Nerves or Anxiety

Learn how to cope with those interview nerves and do your best and show your true self at interviews.

 

Coping With Stress And Interview Nerves

Do interviews make you stressed and tense?

For many people going for an interview for a job you really want it is stressful. You do need a certain amount of stress and adrenalin to perform at your best but when it gets out of control it means you may not come across as you would like to.

Some things you can do to belay interview nerves.

1. Breathe deeply while waiting to be called for the interview. Inhale through you rnose and exhale through your mouth. Inhale for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds. You should find a relaxed feeling comes over you and your heartbeat slows down.

2. When you are asked a question give yourself a few seconds to think about it before answering. This is better than blurting out answers quickly and gives you space.

3. If you do not understand the question or didn't catch all the words just politely ask the interviewer to repeat the question.

4.If possible have several interviews lined up so that this one is not the be all and end all.

When you are asked a question, give yourself a few seconds to think about it before answering.

If you are tense - breathe...

Interview Question Tell Me About A Weakness-The Good Answer. - Difficult Interview Questions.

This is a difficult question that many interviews will ask at some point or in some way at job interviews. Be prepared and practice your answers.

Interview Tips-Tell Me About A Weakness-The Bad Answer - Difficult Interview Questions.

Questions To Ask At Job Interviews - Do you have any questions?

Sometimes it can be the most awkward part of the interview when they ask you do you have any questions...

I always feel it is important to have at least one question. it shows you care, it shows you may have done some research and that you have prepared.

Learn how to handle this question and win that interview!

In each answer try to demonstrate a skill, personal quality or aptitude that you possess. Use examples. Keep answers relevant.

Winning At Interviews The Interviewer.

How does the Interviewer Feel about Job Interviews?

Do you ever think about the interviewer when you go for interviews?

Some Interviewers are trained professionals in Interview Skills and are confident and comfortable interviewing you.

Others may have been drafted in at the last minute if the usual interviewer is not available.

Some are as nervous about Interviewing as you may be about being interviewed!!

Others yet may have little idea how to interview effectively. They tend to be the ones who ask you very broad ranging questions like "tell me about you rself" or they ask questions which are designed to elicit a YES/NO response.

You have no control who will interview you.

You do have control over how you answer.

All the time bear in mind the Interviewer is attempting to get to know you better. You would not be there if they did not feel you had a lot of what they want for the job.

If you do get a question that elicits a YES/NO response-called a "closed question" you can still answer more fully.

Question " Did you like your last job?"

Answer A "Yes"

However that tells the interviewer very little. A better answer is

" Yes, I particularly enjoyed working in a team to deadlines and feeling a great sense of achievement in our last project which used my skills in advertising....

However, keep your answers relevant. Do not go off on a tangent.

In each answer try to demonstrate a skill, personal quality or aptitude that you possess. Use examples every time. Don't just say I am a great team player! Say how and in what capacity.

The more interesting and specific the information you supply the easier it is on the interviewer and the more likely you are to be successful.

Ask For Interview Feedback

After The Job Interview

Follow up and feedback after the job interview.

You should have been told what the procedure is for letting you know whether you have been successful or not. (If they don't tell you ask.)

If you have been successful FANTASTIC! You need to ring up and confirm you are happy to accept the job!

If you have not been successful you can still write to thank them for seeing you > You never know when another vacancy may occur at the same company.

You may wish to also ask them for Interview feedback. If there was anything you could have done to improve your interview. Not all companies will do this but if they give you feedback it can be very helpful to you for your next interviews.

Thank You For Visiting

Thank you so much for visiting my page about interviews. I hope this article has been useful to you . Please let me know.

If you feel like sharing any of your own interview tips or interview experiences that would be great!

I love to hear from you and I do read all comments :)

...and if you have an Interview coming up "Wishing you all the very best"

Thank you

© 2007 RaintreeAnnie

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      ron-kish-927 4 years ago

      This is such excellent advice and a great guide for a job hunter. I will pass this on to others.

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      Very detail indeed. Thanks for making such an elaborate lens on a topic which is required by everybody, especially those searching for jobs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this reading and info as well as the videos, they were very helpful, I have an interview tuesday.

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      duslan 5 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful information! The videos were very informative and gave me ideas for how to answer questions appropriately.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic information - interviews are extremely important, and this is a good way to prep for one.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Thank you so much. I have an interview in a couple of hours. Your tips have been helpful to calm me down.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Recently, I just had my fir lunch interview...

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Just remember, if you're the right candidate for the job they probably need YOU just as much as you need THEM. That's great motivation to relax.

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      rravi123 6 years ago

      very useful lens

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Wow! Terrific tips! Great lens.

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      @monarch13: No problem,hopefully it was helpful.

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      @leahthemoose: Happy if it was of help to you :)

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      @anonymous: Thank you :)

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      leahthemoose 7 years ago

      Thanks so much, Iv just been invited to an interview next week and this has been a fantastic help!! 5* and a fave!

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      @mattseefood lm: Thank you I appreciate that :)

      Wishing you All the best

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      @anonymous: Thank you I am glad if it helped :)

      Wishing you all the best with your job Interview!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This has been great help i have a job interview today. I feel i have so much more confidence in what i am going to say.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Really useful for people (like me) who will go to interviews in the near future. Thanks a lot :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      I am back on the job market, and seem to be going nowhere fast. Thanks for the tips!

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      David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Great Lens! Information all of us for these new times in layoffs, downsizing, rightsizing, and economic uncertainties. If you're going to an interview, be sure to take copies of your Resume and maybe even a portfolio showing what your can do. Thanks again for a great lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great post Jasmine. I've found from personal experience that sometimes you have to "burn" some interviews in order to get the experience interviewing. But it can be a valuable strategy. A good place I've recently discovered on general interview skills, and specifically how to handle 'tricky' questions is at interview-skills

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      I'm so glad I make a living from my blogs and don't have to work for anyone else. I don't think I'd make it past the job interviews, heh. It just seems you have to be so fake to impress people in that setting. Great lens though!

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      Hello!

      Great lens! I watched the videos and you've got really good advices about how to win an interview.

      5 stars! Have a good week!

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      CareerCoaching360 9 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. You've really done a great job putting together this information. I'd love for you to visit my lens on how to put your career on the fast track when you get a chance. Please leave a comment when you do so I know you were there.

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      Jo_Murphy 9 years ago

      Hi! Great tips here, thank you! For those who follow them and get the job, my lens has tips on getting over those initial nerves and hitting the ground running.

      One of the toughest interview questions I had was 'So, what would you say demotivates you?' Ouch! Definitely one of those where you buy yourself some time by saying thoughtfully 'hmm, that's an interesting question ....'

      Best of luck to anyone reading this who's got an interview coming up. Visualise the positive outcome you want, and keep that in sharp focus. Good luck!

      Jo

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      PositiveProductReporter 9 years ago

      WOW - Great content here, Jasmine ann, & great set up. well done

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      I so could have used this a year ago. It's so good I would have probably gotten the job. Please continue to bring us these very informative lenses. You do*****work!

      Chloe

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Great lens! 5 stars!

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      flicker lm 9 years ago

      Excellent tips - especially the ones about body language.

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      SansFaim LM 9 years ago

      Hi,

      This an excellent lens. Really good useful information. 5 stars from me. I'm going to lensroll you on How to Create a Resume

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      Incredible Depth! Excellent! High Fivers!