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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Tolia

3 Tips on How to Conquer a Job Interview

Congratulations on securing that job interview! You may feel as though you can

see the light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still a lot of work to be done. It’s time to talk

about yourself, be selfish for once, and market yourself to your potential employer. Job

interviews may feel like a daunting task, but how can you get over this hurdle, and conquer

the job interview? Brought to you by RealBusiness, here are three tips on how you can conquer a job interview.

Arrive on Time

Punctuality is very important when showing up to a job interview. Being late for an

interview can give an employer the sense that you have poor time management and are not prioritizing the interview. Of course, delays are inevitable, but it is important to plan ahead to ensure you’re still on time for your interview. If you find yourself very late for an interview, call your interviewer and let them know, see if you can reschedule or if they have time later in the day.

Do Your Research

Doing your research before a job interview can set you apart from the

rest of the pack. Having basic knowledge about the job role, hiring manager, and other

staff members demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role. Nobody wants to be asked a

question they don’t know the answer to especially during an interview. So, by doing your

research before your interview for a job, you can give yourself the best possible chance of

securing the role.

Don’t Speak Negatively About Previous Employment

During an interview, you might feel as though you need to explain why you are searching

for new employment and it is easy to bash your previous employer. However, this could lead to the hiring manager second-guessing you, assuming that you could be a difficult person to work with. Rather than speaking negatively about your previous work, discuss challenges that you experienced in a positive manner, explaining how you worked to overcome these problems which led to future success. It might be difficult to bite your tongue, but it could be the difference between interview success and interview failure.

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