5 Tips for Acing a Job Interview

A job interview can be pretty scary. There is so much on the line. But these 5 tips for acing a job interview can help. Your mind is constantly trying to figure out how you can portray yourself as the perfect potential employee.  Pressure continues to mount the moment you step into the room. How do you control your non-verbal responses? What response is the interviewer looking for? How can you present your best self? Take a deep breath and use the tips presented as we give you 5 tips for acing a job interview. 

1. Don’t View Difficult Interview Questions as an Attack

Interviewers know that interviewees tend to prepare for the conventional interview questions. They want to get beyond the rehearsed answers to discover who you truly are. So, they’ll throw in an oddball question that adds some measure of stress. For instance, they may ask “What makes you think you’re qualified for this job when you’ve had minimal relevant experience?” They may also present scenarios to you and ask how you would respond in those situations.  They’re testing your ability to think on your feet, handle criticism, and work under pressure.

Take a breath and collect your thoughts before responding. Don’t become defensive. Display confidence and composure and answer the question to the best of your ability. Use your past experience in similar situations to help you answer the question.

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2. Know Your Weakness

It’s highly likely that you will be asked to identify your weakness. We all have weaknesses and shouldn’t be afraid of them. The best thing for you to do is put a positive spin on your weakness; show how you’re managing that weakness and turning it into a strength.  Approaching the interview questions this way shows that you are a problem solver. If you need some help with this, check out the careers group in the GirlCrew app, that bunch are great at giving tips on phrasing and approach. 

3. Know the Market Value of the Position

Don’t limit your pre-interview research to finding out arbitrary facts about the company. Find out as much information as possible about the market-rate for the position for which you are applying. That information is readily available on Salary.com and Glassdoor.com. Knowing this value will help you answer any interview questions about expected salary when asked. If you are asked such a question, quote a price on the higher end of the scale.

4. Always Be Prepared with Questions

Interviewers usually allow interviewees the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. Always go to the interview prepared with questions based on your research. Pay particular attention to information about your interviewer, and recent company accomplishments that have been published in the news. A good question to ask is, “What are the biggest challenges the company is currently facing?” The interviewer’s answer will help you frame in your mind how you can be a part of the solution if you are hired. 

5. Be Confident in Who You Are

Lack of assertiveness and confidence is a huge strike against an interviewee. Too much confidence is also a huge turn off. Go into the interview with a true sense of confidence. Know who you are and what you want to achieve in your life.  Confidence takes you a far way. And if you’re still feeling unsure of yourself, check out this advice from amazing female entrepreneurs

These 5 tips will help you win any interview.  Use them well and you’ll land your dream job in no time. Do you have any other tips that helped you along the way? Share them in the comments.

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Christine McLean

Blogger, author, mathematics teacher. Although I hold a BSc in Mathematics with Education and have been teaching for over 4 years, writing has given me a voice I never knew I had. I began my blog "Christine Speaks" in 2013 and have used it to convey my thoughts, feelings, and ideas freely. Since then, I have written website content for over 20 websites and 2 e-books.

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10 comments

  1. How to can we make my weakness “lazy” to sound positiv? I am lucky that I have always had a job for each interview so I guess I do something right! My sister inlaw is a jurist in big companies, so big that she has to pass 9 interviews on her latest job. Talking about stressful!

  2. This is a good list. And while it’s good to be assertive, there’s definitely a delicate balance that needs to be struck.

  3. It’s so important to know the market value of the position before going in so that one can be confident of what they’re worth (career wise) 🙂 And yes, researching great questions and the background of each company, too. Shows that you cared to put in the effort.

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