5 Tips To Nailing Your Interview

With summer right around the corner, many of you are in search of the perfect summer job. Of course, you have to nail the interview for the desired position. The fact is that it does not matter whether you are applying for a position in retail or administration, the same process usually applies to all interviews. Here are some tips that have worked for me!

1.KNOW YOUR STUFF:

Every interviewer is impressed when, although you may not have experience in the particular field you have applied for, you know the facts. Research the history and structure behind the company. You may want to include the following sentence into your interview, “I understand that your company….” You definitely want to prepare one or two questions that you have for the interviewer because chances are he or she will ask you, “Do you have any questions for me?” And if you do, then it shows you care and you desire the post.

2.DRESS TO IMPRESS: 

The traditional matching blazer and pants with the shirt has metamorphed into individualism. Bear in mind that jeans is still a ‘no no.’ Here are ways you can dress to impress while still showing off your personality and at no risk of ruining your chances:

*Your blazer can be a different color from your pants for example, a black blazer and cream pants or cream blazer and black pants

*You can only get away with a cartigan if you are wearing pants

*A long dress with a blazer to top it off. Do not wear a cartigan in place of a blazer as it appears too casual

*Statement bracelet or necklace; preferably not worn simultaneously.

3.KNOW YOURSELF

“Tell me about yourself,” asks the interviewer. I find this to be the second hardest question ever because no. 1, where do I begin? and no. 2, what can I say that the interviewer has not already read about me, on my CV/Resume? Make sure to prepare for this one by thinking of two or three interesting facts about your life, for example, “I’m married and I have two daughters. I am not only a wife and a mother, but I also need to do something for me and that is why I am here.” 

4.KNOW YOUR FAULTS

I always find the easiest question to be either, “Tell me two of your best qualities” or “Tell me how your friends/family/previous colleagues would describe you,” or “What are your strengths?” This is your opportunity to show that you are the perfect person for the job! However, the most difficult question is, “Describe two of your weakest qualities.”  How on earth do you answer that question cleverly enough so that you do not make  yourself look bad?! Make sure that even your weakest qualities can be good ones for example, “Sometimes I am too meticulous with my work” or “My persistence can often be mistaken for stubbornness.”

5.LOOSEN UP

Yes, you want to look confident, but not stiff! It is okay to smile, laugh once in a while, and/or joke around as long as you do not offend the interviewer. Let’s say that you and  your interviewer have something in common for example you both have children or you both work on Mac computers. Utilize a common interest to your advantage.

Good luck! I make du’a that you nail your interview!

 

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS.

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