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How to ace an interview

Successfully handling an interview and getting a job is not a tough undertaking and is doable especially if you have the right tips to call upon and know how to put them into action. Below we look at how you can prepare for an interview, and what tips work the best when it comes to landing the job that you want. We also look at what mistakes you need to be aware of and avoid, and how you need to dress for an interview.

Tips on what to avoid

 One of the mistakes that most people make is failing to turn their phone to silent mode when in an interview. In addition to this particular mistake, many fail to bring additional copies of their resume, while others chew gum when waiting for the interview to start. Sweaty hands are another thing that should be avoided and washing your hands or toweling them dry with a wet wipe helps deal with the situation.

Prepare answers to widely used interview questions

While there are several unusual interview questions, the chances of you facing them during an interview are negligible as companies have learnt that there is very little information to be got from them. So instead prepare to answer the questions that are most routinely asked in interviews. When preparing your answers ensure that they are unique and showcase your knowledge. Also, when answering questions use examples to show how you have handled problems and projects in the past, as these will convince the interviewers.

Stay calm and ask questions

An important part of an interview is the ability to stay calm and deal with the questions without becoming anxious.  Preparing answers to questions beforehand will help you remain calm and cool when answering them. Also prepare a list of questions you want to ask the interviewers. Additionally,ensure that you ask the questions throughout the interview to ensure that you get answers for all of them, and they are not kept for the last few minutes.

Practice how to handle a phone interview

Interviews are often rescheduled and held over the phone or sometimes the first phase interview is done via Skype. So, spend some time on setting up the necessary items for a telephonic or Skype based interview, and ensure you have the appropriate headphones and quiet room setup.

Research the company and its dress code

Whether you are taking up a phone based interview or going to an office, you need to research the company and its products or services. When doing this research, spend time going through social media accounts to find details about current events. Dressing appropriately for an interview is also important and your outfit will need to adhere to the company’s dress code. So, find out what the company’s dress code is and whether you have appropriate clothing in your wardrobe.

Researching is just one aspect of what you need to do if you want to ace an interview. In fact, the longer you spend preparing for an interview the better you will be able to handle it. Finally, do not attempt to hide your personality when attending an interview.