8 tips to convince your interviewer into giving you a job

09Jun 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
8 tips to convince your interviewer into giving you a job

Year end exams just around the corner, and the finalists are almost visiting offices both private and government for job vacancies. Nobody really wants to stay at home and baby sit homes chores,

Make sure you maintain good eye contact with your interviewer, even though this seems uneasy when someone is nervous.

hell no! Now you all applied for jobs during college and even after you are through but not everybody knows these few tips for an excellent interview session and the ways that could land you your desired job.

Oh well you jump with joy and excitement at the same time and it is so close to the dotted line, you can practically feel your bank account getting heavier. That’s right, you landed the interview, AKA the worst part of the job hunt but still you have to do it excellently.

Sending a resume and cover letter off into a job portal seems much less intense than talking face-to-face with someone while wearing uncomfortable clothes, those formal clothes lol!. Now let these tips be your guide to mastering your fear and giving you the confidence you need to slay your next interview.

Practice
Before the interview, find out if your career centre offers online interview tests. If not, ask your friends to role play and act the part of the interviewer. Think of it as a singing audition like The American Idol. This will help you feel less nervous and more prepared when the real deal comes along because you’ll already have a general idea of what you want to say.

Do your research
Just as your interviewer likely read through your resume before the interview, read up on the organization. Do deep research on the organization, vision, mission, targets strengths and weakness. Make sure you know exactly what the organization does so that you know exactly which of your skills to highlight and what you will offer. If the position you applied for specifically asks for someone who knows advanced computer packages, you’ll know to bring it up practically during the interview.

Be punctual
Plan to arrive at your interview at least 30 minutes early. You don’t want to risk arriving late and creating a bad first impression. Arriving late will also cause you to loose confidence and instead panic and ruin the whole interview session. An extra 10 to 20 minutes will give you time to collect your thoughts before the interview so that you don’t feel nauseous and panicky as you try to answer the interviewer’s questions.

Keep your resume at hand
Even if you already sent your interviewer your resume and cover letter, make sure you bring another copy. You might even want to bring two or three copies in case more than one person interviews you. It can also come in handy to have your resume to glance at if your mind suddenly goes blank.This is very important and will you appear composed and willing to carry on with the interview session.

Make eye contact
Make sure you maintain good eye contact with your interviewer, even though this seems uneasy when someone is nervous. You don’t want to appear too timid, but you also don’t need to stare into their eyes the whole time (don’t come off like a creep). Look up now and then to make sure your interviewer is on the same wavelength. If the idea of eye contact seriously freaks you out, stare at your interviewer’s eyebrows or above his head hahah!. Nobody can tell the difference anyway.

Come up with a question
When your interviewer asks at the end, “Do you have any questions?” ask something, whether or not you actually know the answer. Knowing ahead of time that this question almost always comes up will give you a chance to prepare. “When will I find out if I got the job?” is a decent question to have on hand. You can also ask about what their work environment feels like if the interviewer doesn’t mention that earlier.

Give examples
Your interviewer will make sure to ask you a question regarding your leadership abilities, past projects or ability to work with a team. If incase the interviewer asks you about your ability to collaborate, share a story in which you worked with a team.

Not only do these examples give more information about your skills, but they also make you more memorable to the interviewer. This has really worked for many, it makes you appear knowledgeable and it is a quality the interviewer won’t forget about you.

Never assume
If a potential employer calls you for an interview (or even a second interview), you’ll probably feel excited, but you still need to keep it in perspective. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have a job just because you are being interviewed.. If they haven’t explicitly said that you have the job, don’t cancel other interviews. You can celebrate after they tell you the good news.

All in all, don’t approach the job talking about what they can do for you and instead talk about what you can do for them. Employers don’t particularly care about boosting your portfolio; they want employees and interns who will benefit their organization. For example, emphasize how your writing skills can revamp the company’s website instead of saying, “I want to get better at my writing".

It's important we should know how to make an interview count. A good first impression is everything.