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10 Tips to Make Your Interview Successful

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 16, 2016 · 2.2k Views

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, whether you’ve had hundreds of them or just a couple. No two are the same, so you never know what to expect. However, by putting yourself in the right mindset and knowing how to present yourself, you can showcase your personality, talents and experience wile displaying your true personality. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Read on for 10 tips to help you relax and show the interviewer that you’re the best person for the job.

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  1. Be just a little early. Of course, interviewers want someone who arrives on time or even a few minutes early in case there is some paperwork to fill out. But if you’re there an hour early, you become an inconvenience. The interviewer may be busy or even interviewing other people, so others have to entertain you until it’s your time to interview. Most people are busy and don’t have time to worry about you and make sure you’re comfortable. As a rule, aim to be 15 minutes early, but no more.

    Source: The Career Medic
  2. Make sure you’re appropriately dressed. If you’re unsure of the work environment, it’s better to be overdressed. A suit and tie works well for men, while women should choose a medium-length dress (no miniskirts!) or a business suit. Check yourself once you arrive for your interview. Make sure buttons are buttoned, your collar is fixed and your shirt is tucked in. You only get one first impression, and you don’t want your interviewer’s impression to be that you’re a slob.
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  3. Smile at everyone you see and meet. When you are greeted by the receptionist, smile at her. If you see an employee walking by, smile at him. A smile goes a long way, especially in an interview situation. It shows confidence and friendliness – two qualities most interviewers are looking for. If people see you frowning, they may think you don’t want to be there, and nobody wants to hire someone with an attitude problem.

    Source: Live Career
  4. Focus on the first few minutes. An interview can last an hour or longer, but hiring managers typically know whether or not a person is a good fit for the position within the first five minutes of the interview. So focus on making a good impression in those five minutes. Focus on shaking the person’s hand, looking the person in the eyes and giving a confident smile. Leave the nerves at home. Focusing on answering the questions as thoroughly as possible without rambling on and on.
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  5. Be yourself. Don’t think of interviews as stuffy and overly formal. The interviewer know that you already have the skills for the job, so now it’s your time to show him or her your personality. You can do this by telling some stories about your accomplishments. Add some humor to your interview responses. Don’t just say the same old boring answers. Liven it up a little. Don’t try to be who you think the interviewer wants you to be. Stand out from the crowd and you’ll rock your interview.

    Source: My Career at VA
  6. Do some research. Take a few minutes to go on the company’s website and learn more about who they are and what they do. Many interviewers will ask you what you know about the company, so don’t look clueless. Impress them with your knowledge! It shows initiative.
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  7. Turn the interview into a dialogue. Don’t let the interviewer be the one doing all the talking. Ask questions about the position, the company culture and projects the company is working on. You may even want to ask about the type of candidate the interviewer is looking for. If you’re going to spend eight hours a day working for this company, you need to know what to expect, so don’t hold back. You don’t want to be blindsided when you start the job and find out that it’s not the right fit.

    Source: Udacity
  8. Think positively. Don’t be scared by the fact that the interviewer will be interviewing 10 candidates. Don’t worry that they may have more experience than you. You can’t control any of that now. When you walk into your interview, think about you and your accomplishments. Think about how you can help the company and why they should hire. Let your accomplishments shine. Don’t let negative thoughts rule your head.
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  9. Be honest. Don’t embellish your skills because it could come back to haunt you. If you’ve never used a specific computer program, don’t lie. It’s OK to say that you haven’t, but would be willing to learn. Not everyone has the same experiences, and you could still be the best candidate for the job even if you need a little more training. So don’t be afraid to confess that you may be lacking in some areas. By being truthful, you show that you’re confident with your abilities and can be trusted. The interviewer will appreciate your honesty.

    Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  10. Show interest in the job. If you really want the job, you have to let it be known. People have lost out on opportunities because they lacked passion. Don’t be that person. Ask questions about the job. After the interview, follow up with the interviewer. Send him or her a thank you note. Keep in touch via email or follow up with a phone call and ask if anyone has been hired yet. You might want to use this opportunity to express your interest in the job once again.


You may never feel fully comfortable in an interview setting, but it’s important to not clam up and become a robot. Companies not only want individuals with the right skills, but they also look for people with whom they have a connection. If you’re unwilling to open up and show the interviewer who you really are, you risk being looked over. Don’t let that happen. By following the tips above, you’ll leave your next interview feeling like a rock star.


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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.