Tips for a job interview tend to disappoint the people
who ask for them. That’s because the most useful
information is typically the most common. Tips for a
job interview like “prepare well and ahead of time”
and “wear what is appropriate to the office” aren’t
that exciting, or novel, but turn out to be the most
effective. By comparison, supposedly revolutionary
advice about mirroring the interviewer’s body
language, or answering questions in some specific way
sound exciting but have mixed or non-existent results
in the job interview.
That said, the best tips for a job interview are the
following. Research the job as thoroughly as is
humanly possible. Create a clear and detailed summary
of what the interviewer is looking for. Look for
examples in your own personal and professional history
that make you appear to be that kind of candidate.
Create narratives that highlight these examples, and
which parallel the requirements of the target job.
Show up for the interview on time. Wear appropriate
interview clothing. Smile a lot. Allow the interviewer
to lead the interview. Get a business card from
everyone you speak to. Make notes after the interview
about what you talked about in the interview, and what
seemed to be of greatest interest to the interviewer.
Write a thank you note immediately after the
interview. Use your notes to find information of value
to the interviewer and add that to the thank you note.
Check back after a week or two if you haven’t heard
from the interviewer.
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All of these tips for a job interview are designed to
make you appear to be a perfect fit for the job in
question. Starting with the research, your goal is not
to sell the interviewers on your intelligence, your
potential, your flexibility or your personality.
Instead, you are selling the interviewer on your
ability to come in and start doing the job right away,
and continue to grow in the career. The tactic that
you use to make this sales pitch is simple. You
discover what the target hire needs to do and you tell
the interviewer stories of doing just that already in
These tips for a job interview do not encourage lying
or making up experience. What they do is suggest that
employer is not interested in risk, or potential
success. They are looking for someone who they can be
sure of from the very beginning. The best guarantee
that you can give them is to establish that you have
already performed the required actions before in your
career and obtained the desired results. For someone
who has already worked in that job or industry, this
is simpler. But even for someone making a career
change, it is possible to describe your experience in
a way that matches or parallels the experience that
the target job requires.
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