Finding a job opening in your specialty and city can be challenging enough, but then you still have to impress an employer in the interview. Whether you’re meeting in person or over the phone, a few simple tricks can help you feel more confident and answer questions with ease. Here are six ways to excel in an interview:

Dress comfortably and smartly.

Your appearance has a strong magnetic force that attracts the attention of your interviewers, so make sure you give it your best shot, as you cannot get a second chance to correct the first Take time to iron your clothes and start trying out the one that best fits you few days before the interview date. This would help you avoid panic. Do not make the mistake of squeezing into ill-fitted clothes, as it would make you self-conscious and very uncomfortable during your interview.

Relax and smile:

Wearing a bright look has a magical way of making you gain control of the situation, and it can hold your employer’s attention to your favor. Once you are set for the meeting, smile at everyone, you will see how it makes you appear friendly and confident.

Come prepared:

Wisdom demands that you take some copies of your CV along with you as there may be more than one interviewers in front of you or you would like to refer to it yourself during the chat. It also applies to a phone interview; it is imperative that you have a copy beside you and be close to a computer to send files if required by the employers. Being prepared also means that you take out time before the day of the interview to research on the company to be familiar with the mission and values, services they provide as well as the types of care you would offer if you accepted a position there. You can also get more information about the company by reaching out to its social media platform to relate to the culture and types of employees who work there. The chances of you getting hired lie on your level of preparedness as it gives the employer the notion that you have done your homework and are familiar with the company.

Honesty pays:

One thing you should always take note of is that your employer will probably ask you a question you have very little or no answer to, or you just don’t know the best way to answer it tactfully. When this happens, please, do not panic. Rather than stagger through a response or think of what someone would expect you to say, be honest enough with your interviewer. For instance, you were asked about a job experience with a specific procedure which you have never performed before, simply say; “I don’t have experience with _________. However, I do have experience with _________ and would like to gain more skills in that area.” You have now tactfully used that honest reply to your advantage. The rule is to ensure you follow your honest admission of “I don’t know” with something positive that you do know.

Ask questions:

Most commonly, there would be room for you to ask the employer some questions. Do not make the mistake of saying “I don’t have any questions for you” when asked as this is the time for you to market your selling points. The following can get you going:

  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What is the most challenging/rewarding thing about working here?
  • What qualities are most important in the person who takes this job?
  • What have your past employees done to be successful in this position?
  • What hesitations do you have about my qualifications for this job?

Asking such questions exposes you to more opportunities to show your level of interest for the job and presents you with a better idea of what the position would require knowing if you would be a good fit for it.

Always conclude your chat by thanking the employer for the opportunity by saying words like “I’m eager to work at this company, and I hope I’m selected for the position.” You may also wish to ask about the timeline for hiring a new person and whether there will be a second round of interviews.

Follow up.

One sure way of leaving a lasting impression on the company is by writing a sincere note, appreciating them for their time and reiterating your interest in the job for emphasis. The best time to do this is within 24 hours after your interview.

If you follow these tips, you can feel and act more confident the next time you have an interview, and impress your interviewer so that you can land your dream job.

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