Tips for your next job interview

34 tips for your next job interview

Elizabeth Bromstein|

Make eye contact, smile, don’t fidget, don’t cross your arms, don’t wing it…

There are so many things you have to remember for the job interview. It’s hard. I know I’m not always paying attention to how much I touch my face – are you? – but this is important if you want to make the right impression.

Thankfully College Atlas has compiled a list of 34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview.

The little things matter, like sitting up straight and having a firm handshake — nobody is impressed with a limp handshake. Big things also matter, like having done your research on the company.

Among the things that might be news to some are the assertion that 70% of employers don’t want an applicant to be overly fashionable or trendy. And the claim that wearing brightly coloured clothing is a bad idea (though we have talked about why you should never wear orange to a job interview).

Also interesting: 9% of candidates “use too many hand gestures.”

Among the most common mistakes are lacking humour and warmth, overexplaining why you lost your last job, and failing to ask for the job.

And, of course, first impressions are determined by the way you “dress, act, and walk through the door.”

Don’t forget to be careful how you walk.

Here’s the infographic (I can’t find any sources cited in it but it clearly took a lot of its tips directly from this CNN article).

job-interview-infographic


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  • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

    This article reminds me of a wonderful boss I once had a long time ago. He was not the best dresser, had a voice like chalk on slate, always leaned to one side when sitting, told me one time he never smiled because his teeth were crooked, and was honest and frank to a fault. He was also the most amazing information technology genius I’ve ever known. No matter the area — PC support, programming, operations — he was very competent and learned by experimentation like a sponge. He was also a team player who never let ego get in the way of getting a project done.

    If this man were alive today, he would never get hired in this jobless recovery of today. I suspect there are a lot of people out there like my former boss who would be a major hiring score for any lucky company out there, yet might never get a job because they can’t jump through hoops and play the game the interview process has become.

    • Paddy

      True indeed. It is rather unfortunate to see the extent of an impression’s power in an interview. Being in HR and knowing many people like your boss, it is something that is very difficult to find a solution to. People are people.

  • Saba Ajazi

    it is very important for the hiring manager to think out side the box. get to undretand the potentials of the candidate. now job interviews are cookie cutters. to many dont’s to handle and in the process you are not you but become somebody else. hiring managers are looking for ginnies not the human characters. no system and nobody is perfect.

    • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

      Saba, you brought up a great point. I personally think it’s a disservice not only to the interviewer but also to job-seekers themselves for pretending to be someone else just to land a job . Even if it succeeds, the charade can only be held for so long before the brown-noser alarms start going off at the company.

  • Widows Son

    All these points are of value. But we are living in times when government jobs are not going to the most competent candidate, but to the person who is well known to the municipality, or an internal candidate who has already been given the job, or a relative of a councillor. There is no level playing ground at this point in time as jobs are so difficult to find and even more difficult to obtain an interview.