Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job You Want

By Robert Half on May 2, 2017 at 11:21pm

Being aware of the most current job interview tips and best practices is valuable, but so is knowing what not to do. Recognizing some of the most common interviewing "don'ts" can help you present a favorable and honest picture of your skills and experience. 

Here are some job interview tips regarding frequent mistakes and how to avoid them. 

Don't neglect preparation

This may seem like the most obvious of job interview tips, but some candidates don't give preparation the attention it deserves. Prepare by mentally rehearsing your answers to common job interview questions (such as "Why do you want to work here?"), but also ask yourself what you'd like to know if you were the interviewer. Doing so can help you respond with confident answers. 

Don't be caught off guard 

Preparation includes being ready for anything. Rather than thinking of off-the-wall questions or an unexpected turn to the conversation as intimidating, go into the interview with the attitude that no matter what you're asked, you'll be getting the chance to show that you can think on your feet. 

Don't expect just one type of question 

In addition to being ready for the possibility of off-the-wall questions, be aware that the interviewer could employ four other types of questions: closed-ended, open-ended, hypothetical and leading. Understand that while short answers are fine when answering closed-ended questions, your answers to other types of questions will likely need to be a little more detailed and expansive. 

Don't forget to research the company 

A survey from our company found the biggest mistake applicants make in interviews is not knowing enough about the firm. Do some digging online, tap members of your network for their insights and work with a recruiter who can offer additional information about the firm. 

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Don't let nerves undercut your communication skills 

Keep your responses to interview questions concise. When asked a question, take a deep breath, pause and collect your thoughts before you begin to speak. Avoid verbal crutches (such as "um," "like" and "uh") and refrain from making jokes or discussing controversial subjects. 

Don't exaggerate your interest or qualifications 

This is one of our most important job interview tips. While it's necessary to express enthusiasm for the position, candidates who answer every question with upbeat eagerness may come across as insincere. It's also important to avoid overstating your qualifications. 

Don't be negative 

No list of job interview tips would be complete without this advice. Avoid disparaging comments regarding former employers, colleagues and companies. Also stay away from self-deprecating comments, which do not support a positive image or demonstrate competence. 

By taking these interview tips to heart, you can make a better impression on hiring managers and increase your chances of getting hired. 

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