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How to pass an interview

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0


How to pass an interview



Passing an interview and getting 'the job' that you want isn't that difficult. With all the competition these days making your resume' noticeable enough to get an interview can be the hardest part make sure that you take the opportunity in front of you.  

 An interviewer is basically trying to test to see if you meet several criteria for the job, these maybe conscious (I.e. the interviewer has a list of these they think are essential for the job). Or they could be unconscious  for instance they maybe looking for someone who just 'fits in' the company, most interviewers will be looking for a mixture between the two. Your job is to try and make sure the first person that they think of when they think of these criteria is you. In order to do this there are three things that you can do, the first is to be confident. This is the number one method that people use to determine someone’s suitability for something even though it is often unconscious.

This makes sense when you think about it. You likely know yourself better than they ever will and if you don't believe you can do the job why should they? Some people exude confidence naturally but if your not one of those people the best way to achieve this is through preparation. If you know what’s going to be required of you in the interview, have practised the interview with others and know what the job involves, you are likely to be much more confident.


Preparation is all about trying to work out what the criteria for the job are likely to be, and doing your best to try and meet them or at the very least give the appearance of meeting them. In order to do this you can learn more about the company, try and work out who maybe interviewing you, think of possible questions that they may ask you and questions you could ask them. If like me your likely to suffer from nerves during the interview, a good idea is to go over the interview with friends of family. Or at the very least in your mind as repetition of a task is known to reduce anxiety in doing it. If your likely to be anxious about a possible rejection mentally coming up with a plan of what to do if you are rejected may help but this must be weighed against the risk that such thoughts may reduce your confidence in passing the interview.  Finally make sure you dress appropriately. Doing research is important in this as jobs will vary in how smart they expect you to be at interview, but a good rule of thumb is that it is better to turn up too smart than too casual.

 During the interview

 The final part of interview success is being alert and considered during the interview itself, interviewers will often have 'the ability to think on their feet' as one of their criteria so they will attempt to take the interview in directions that you could not have planned for in order to force into thinking on your feet. Interview experience and confidence will help you achieve this, try and make sure that every action or response you give gives off the err of the person they want doing the job, acting as close to being that person as possible will give you the best chance of landing the job. And hopefully a 'fake it until you make it' effect will occur, as acting like that person should hopefully push you closer to actually being that person.

 Finally after the interview make sure you contact them and if you want the position confirm that your still interested. Then all you have to do is wait. 



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