What Matters In a Job Interview

The other day, I published the article What Matters In The Job Search Process. In that article, we discussed how your resume, your references, and you all matter in the job search process. Another thing we also discussed is how the interview is important. Well, today, we are going to dedicate a whole post to what matters in a job interview.

The job interview is one of the most important steps in the job search process. If you look great on paper that might get you through the door, but after that it’s your interview that is the most important.

What Matters In a Job InterviewHere are different things that you should keep in mind during your next interview:

Are you confident?

If you are going to a job interview, then you should always try to be confident. You don’t want to be overly confident and appear as a jerk, but you want to believe in yourself. If you do not believe that you deserve the job, then your interviewer will probably not believe that you deserve the job. It all starts with you.

You should have a firm handshake, sit up straight, try not the say “ummm,” smile, and more.

Are you prepared for their questions?

You should always prepare for common job interview questions before you show up to an interview. There are also websites out there where you can see common questions asked at a specific company or a specific position (usually this is for bigger companies).

Preparing yourself is good because you won’t have to stall trying to answer a question, and you will have ideas of how to answer a question fresh in your mind.

How are you dressed?

Before you go to a job interview, you should have a general idea of what you should be wearing. You don’t want to be wearing shorts and a tank top if your interview or interviews are all wearing suits and ties. You also don’t want to show up at a job interview where your interviewer is wearing shorts and a tank top and yet you are wearing a tuxedo. You want to blend in, but still be professional.

Different industries call for different clothing, but you can usually drive near the company that you want to work for and see what most people who work there are wearing. This is usually your best bet if you are completely clueless as to what you should wear.

Did you bring your resume?

One thing that nearly every single interviewer will ask for is for a copy of your resume. Yes, they probably already have a copy, but I feel that many will ask you for a copy to see if you were prepared. It’s best to just bring it as it doesn’t take up much space in your purse or briefcase anyways.

Also, they might ask for a copy because there might be an extra surprise interviewer in the room that you were not aware of.

What do you think matters most in a job interview?


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  1. What matters most in a job interview is how you present yourself overall as the best candidate available and the best fit for the position. One of the things Ive noticed is that people don’t take the opportunity (usually near the end of the interview) to show an interest in the company and demonstrate that they’ve done some basic research on the company. A quick 10 inure scan of the company website can give you a much better idea of what the company is about and how you can ‘sell’ yourself as the best candidate

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