Interviewing for a job is nerve-racking. Just thinking about it can make your heart race.
But it doesn't have to. With a little preparation and some confidence in yourself and your abilities, you can ace your next job interview.
"Be professional, but relax and be yourself," says Nancy Cheek, undergraduate career advisor for Saint Leo University Online. "No matter how long you prepare, you never know exactly what will happen in an interview. Be confident with your own personality and skills to answer and react naturally, no matter what the interview throws at you."
Nancy also advises doing your homework to learn as much about the company you're interviewing with as possible. "Scour their website, follow them on social media, and speak with anyone you know who has worked there," she says.
Additionally, practice interviewing ahead of time—either with a family member or through a mock interview with your career advisor.
To help calm your interview nerves further, check out these 13 articles that offer excellent advice about interviewing.
Jon Youshaei, Forbes
Youshaei organizes his advice into three categories—before, during, and after the interview. A few examples of his tips: set up Google Alerts to keep up-to-date on the company you're interviewing with, use the Social Sweepster app to wipe your social media accounts clean of potentially inappropriate photos or language, and have at least one anecdote ready to share during the interview that showcases a problem, the action you took and the result. (Type the name of the article into the search button on the Forbes site.)
Hannah Morgan, U.S. News & World Report
Ever heard of the Glassdoor website? Morgan recommends it as a great resource for salary data. Glassdoor also provides company reviews so you can get the inside scoop from employees on what it's like to work at a particular organization. Additionally, Morgan recommends that during an interview, you keep your answers complete, but concise, so that you don't lose the interviewer's attention.
Sharon Schweitzer, Huffington Post
This article highlights a CareerBuilder study that says that 51 percent of hiring managers find "inappropriate clothing and appearance" to be the most damaging interview mistake. It reminds readers that body language throughout the interview speaks volume. And it nicely summarizes much of the standard advice for job candidates – use a strong handshake, do your homework on the company beforehand, and prepare a 30-60 second elevator pitch for the quintessential "Tell us about yourself," question.
Stephanie Fogle, Kathleen Elkins, and Samantha Lee, Business Insider
This infographic-style article showcases 15 key tips on what to do before and during a job interview. It covers advice ranging from researching salaries beforehand and greeting everyone (including the receptionist) you meet graciously to bringing examples of work projects to the interview and following up with a thank-you email.
Jeff Gillis, TheInterviewGuys.com
Bring a job-history cheat sheet with you. Eat an apple, instead of drinking coffee to get pumped up before an interview. Those are just a couple of the life hacks Gillis suggests to help you ace your job interview.
Stacy Rapacon, CNBC
Among the interviewing tips in this article is advice on using your mobile device during an interview: "Answering a call or text during your interview is a … no-no."
Patrick O'Brien and Susan Davis-All, USA Today
When an interviewer (or even an influencer you might meet at a networking event), asks, "What do you do?" or "Tell me about yourself," you want to have a personal marketing pitch ready. The two authors of this article share their points of view about what your "killer" elevator pitch should include.
Bob Rosner, Allan Halcrow, and Alan Levins, ABC News
When preparing for a job interview, it's important think about what questions the interviewer may ask you and how you might respond. This article can help jump-start your preparation with a list of several questions you might want to be prepared to answer.
Thad Peterson, Monster.com
This article provides a comprehensive list of interview questions potential employers may ask—including basic, behavioral, career development, salary, and other questions.
Here you'll find a list of links to tips on topics such as dressing for the interview by industry, what the colors of your job interview clothes say about you, and examples of interview fashion blunders.
Alison Doyle, About.com
Doyle lists 12 top job interviewing tips including: make a list of your key assets, show enthusiasm and practice the interview beforehand.
Andy Chan, Huffington Post
Use the right vocabulary, frame your answers to show how you'll add value to the organization, and develop a few adaptable stories from your resume related to the job you're seeking. Those are just three of the 10 tips outlined in this article.
Eileen Hoenigman Meyer, HigherEdJobs.com
This article provides actionable advice for how to best appear calm and professional during an interview by looking at the bigger picture and being the authentic you. Hoenigman Meyer advises job seekers to look at interviews as "just a meeting about a job" instead of putting all your emotional egg" in this one basket.
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