Tips to Help You Avoid Flopping Your Interview

Tips to Help You Avoid Flopping Your Interview

There probably isn’t a candidate alive who enjoys job interviews. However, some are better at them than others. It may be due to experience, personality, or a combination of the two. 

If interviewing isn’t your strong suit, how can you avoid flopping it? Start with these tips:

Boost your knowledge.

The more you know about the company, the position and the job, the more comfortable you’ll feel in the interview. So, research the employer online. Read through their website and any press releases, blog posts ,and news articles. Also, take a look at any of their social media channels, whether LinkedIn, Facebook, or wherever they promote their business.

Ask yourself why you want the job.

Before you walk into the interview, it’s important to interview yourself. Ask questions like “why do I want this job” and “what makes me a good fit over other candidates?” Thinking through your responses will help you to better prepare for the interview. When it comes time to persuade the hiring manager that you’re a good fit, you’ll be more confident in your delivery.  

Show some enthusiasm for the job.

Employers want to hire people who are excited to work for them. It’s why showing enthusiasm for the position and the company are key. To do that, think about what makes the opportunity compelling or uniquely appealing to you. Then weave this information into your responses. 

Be prepared with a list of questions.

Before the conversation ends, make sure you ask a few meaningful questions about the role, the company, and its culture. Posing thoughtful questions will not only provide you with details on the opportunity, but help you make a more positive impression on the hiring manager.

All that said, sometimes it’s not your fault if you feel like the interview was a failure. There are times when you might not mesh with the person interviewing you, or it could become clear after hearing details about the role that it’s not right for you. 

Other instances when an interview might feel like a flop are when the interviewer isn’t experienced in screening candidates or they don’t take time to prepare. So don’t always take one bad interview personally. Remain polite, professional, and simply move on.


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