Tips to Nail a Job Interview with Ease

Hanna Walther, Ytel |  

Of all the things in life you should always be prepared for, a job interview is at the top of the list. While they can be intimidating, interviews are ultimately a conversation between two people to discover the talents, offerings, wants and needs of both parties. There are so many ways to prepare and knock a job interview out of the park. Today, we're sharing a few of our own tips that will lead you to success.

Of all the things in life you should always be prepared for, a job interview is at the top of the list. While they can be intimidating, interviews are ultimately a conversation between two people to discover the talents, offerings, wants and needs of both parties. There are so many ways to prepare and knock a job interview out of the park. Today, we're sharing a few of our own tips that will lead you to success.

How to Have a Successful Job Interview

 1. Do your research

Research as much as you can on the company you'll be meeting with, what they do, their purpose, mission, etc; get a basic history lesson. Most importantly, know what the job entails. This means reading the description posted, and also researching similar jobs (this will help you with #3) to get a solid understanding about what you'd be doing on a daily basis, what the expectations are, etc. 

2. Showcase your skill set 

Be prepared to give real-life examples of your problem solving skills, your personal victories and losses, and other points that are relevant to the job. Past work and writing samples will be helpful to show the hiring manager exactly what you've done and your quality of work. 

3. Come armed with questions

Whether they are questions about responsibilities or the company as a whole, pay attention to the answers you receive, as they will provide a way to ask follow-up questions and make an opinion about your potential experience there. You are interviewing them just as much as they're interviewing you! 

4. Look the part

It's always better to be overdressed than under-dressed at a job interview. Wear professional clothing and maintain good hygiene. Your appearance is a representation of your lifestyle, so make sure you look put together!

5. Be confident and be yourself

Interviews can be nerve-wracking and unfortunately, can go poorly if you are ill-prepared. The important thing to remember is to have confidence in yourself, and let your personality shine through whenever you can. We aren't all suitable for every job we interview for; if there's a particular niche you fit into, stick with that! Your happiness is greatly affected by where you work, so be yourself during interviews to gauge if the culture is one you'd enjoy being a part of. 

6. Follow Up

Be sure to send a follow up email, message or card, thanking the interviewer for their time. Ask any hiring manager and they'll  tell you that the people they hire are almost always ones who sent a follow-up thank you of some kind. It's professional and thoughtful, and makes you a memorable candidate. 

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About The Author

Hanna Walther, Ytel

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Hanna manages Ytel's Communications strategy and has worked in Marketing for five years. She has a Master's in Communications and is passionate about connecting customers and businesses by building authentic relationships online.


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