10 Tips to Improve Your Interview Performance

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Because Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So follow these 10 strategies that will make you stand out among your peers.

1. Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, and Job Opportunity: 

Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seekers part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you’ll understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions

2. Review Common Interview Questions and Practice:

Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. So practice to answer most common interview questions, like:

Could you tell me a little about yourself?
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your weaknesses? 
What can you tell me about our company and/or industry?
Where do you hope to be in three years?
And the most important question among all the questions is
What makes you stand out among your peer? Or why do we hire you?

3. Dress for Success: 

It is important to know what to wear for an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. Keep accessories and jewelry to the minimum. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

4. Make Good Impressions to Everyone You Encounter:

A cardinal rule of interviewing: Be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet from parking attendant or receptionist to the hiring manager.
Employers are often curious how job applicants treat staff members and your job offer could easily be derailed if you’re rude or arrogant to any of the staff. 
You can make a strong first impression on interviewer by dressing well and arriving early. When you are greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (neither limp and nor bone-crushing) handshake.

5. Be Confident:
There is no point of having a good fashion statement if you cannot handle yourself well. Not everyone has confidence. When you are not confident about yourself, other people can also see it. Wherever you go, it is very important that you should be confident. How you think of yourself can definitely affect how you deal with other people. To stand out from the crowd, you have to be confident all the time.

6. Remember Body Language, Avoiding Bad Habits: 

While the content of your interview responses is paramount but poor body language can be a distraction or a reason not to hire you
Effective forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.
Detrimental forms of body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.

9. Sell yourself throughout and then close the Deal:

You are the sales person and the product you are selling to the employer is your ability to fill the organization’s needs, solve it’s problems, propel its success. Finally, as the interview is just about to end, ask about the next steps in the process and the time table the employer expects to use to make a decision about the position. 

10. Thank Interviewer(s) in Person, by Email, and Postal Mail:

Writing thank-you emails and notes shortly after the interview will not get you the job offer, but doing so will certainly give you an edge over any of the other finalists who did not bother to send a “thank-you”.