How to be successful in a job interview

Written by marianne lafferty
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How to be successful in a job interview
Prepare to impress at your next job interview. (la rencontre image by Yves Damin from

You have just secured an interview for a job. But you are worried that you won't do well. You might be overcome by nerves, say the wrong thing or not know what to say. With preparation and practice, you can have a successful interview and get the job.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Research
  • Copy of CV
  • Appropriate dress
  • Prepared questions

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  1. 1

    Do your research. Find out as much as you can about your potential employer. Read the company website or company literature. Search the Internet for the latest company news. Speak to people you know who work there. Find out about company performance and plans.

  2. 2

    Anticipate interview questions and prepare answers. Ensure your answers show off your abilities, strengths and experience. At the end of the interview, you may be asked if you have questions for your interviewer. Make a list of intelligent questions. Practice answering interview questions. Ask a friend or relative to interview you. Another useful tool for practising and perfecting your interview technique is the website>

  3. 3

    Create a good impression. Know in advance where and when the interview will take place and give yourself plenty of time to travel there. Time it to arrive 15 minutes early. Dress appropriately and bring a copy of your CV. When you meet the interviewer, make eye contact, shake hands firmly and smile. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview. If you are interviewed by several people, maintain eye contact with the person asking you a question. Know your interviewers' names and use them.

  4. 4

    Be confident even if you do not feel it. Take a few deep breaths before going into the interview to calm yourself. Do not be afraid to sell yourself and show off your strengths and skills. Be enthusiastic about the job. Leave the interviewer certain that you want this job. Picture yourself in the job before going into the interview. At the end of the interview, thank your interviewers for their time. You may wish to send a follow-up thank you letter.

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