How To Interview Like A Rock Star

Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. Given that you don’t get a second chance at making a first impression (see our assertiveness guide for more details), you have to cast your anxiousness aside and stride in with confidence. Although all interviewers account for nervousness; you do not want it to interfere with your performance. There is no one thing that will allow you to ace an interview.

Instead, lots of different things contribute to interview success. Here are 50 tips on how to interview like a rock star.

Here are 49 tips on how to interview like a rock star.

  1. Look professional – dress smartly even if you are given the impression that it is a casual interview. Our interview preparation infographic has more details.
  2. Know the job description inside out so that you can think on your feet during the interview and tailor your answers towards it.
  3. Do your research on the company and use this to tailor answers and reflect your enthusiasm for working for them.
  4. Prepare answers tailored to the job description beforehand.
  5. Prove that you would be a good fit with the company culture.
  6. Don’t be dishonest about past experience and credentials.
  7. Be polite at all times and to everyone who you meet, not just your interviewers.
  8. Don’t speak negatively about your current/previous workplace – an interviewer will worry that you would do the same to them.
  9. Ensure that you don’t smell of cigarette smoke, strong scented perfume or cologne, etc. that might be offensive to others.
  10. Arrive 15 minutes early to account for any time spent going through security, and to avoid turning up flustered.
  11. Add at least 30 minutes to your predicted journey time to account for traffic or unforeseen delays.
  12. Know who your points of contact are.
  13. Think of questions that may be asked beforehand so you can prepare suitable answers for them.
  14. Demonstrate excellent communication skills by being articulate but not rehearsed.
  15. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer/s.
  16. Greet with a firm hand shake.
  17. Maintain a good posture throughout the interview.
  18. Do not fold your arms during the interview.
  19. Don’t be uncomfortable with pauses and fill them with unnecessary words.
  20. Build a good rapport with everyone you meet during the process.
  21. Be yourself – if you try to be someone you think the interviewer wants you to be, you will be investing in a false economy.
  22. Come across confident in yourself and abilities without being arrogant.
  23. Have any documents or resources needed at hand.
  24. Have paper based back up if you have to deliver a presentation instead of banking on technology working smoothly.
  25. Put your mobile phone on silent or switch it off.
  26. Have some questions you want to ask prepared beforehand.
  27. Keep answers focused on the question asked.
  28. Show enthusiasm for the job and the company.
  29. Follow-up the interview with a thank you email or letter.
  30. End all answers on a positive note.
  31. Have conviction in your answers.
  32. Make sure shoes are polished.
  33. Ensure your clothes are cleaned and ironed.
  34. Know why you want the job and genuinely express your reasons during your interview.
  35. Listen to others when they are speaking.
  36. Stay focused instead of letting your mind wander.
  37. Avoid using slang.
  38. Know your CV/resume.
  39. Include how you overcome specific weaknesses.
  40. Get enough sleep the night before.
  41. Eat well beforehand to avoid stomach grumblings!
  42. Relax.
  43. Don’t fidget during the interview.
  44. Follow the company on social media sites to ensure you have up to date knowledge.
  45. Treat everyone with the same courtesy – you never know who will influence the decision whether or not to hire you.
  46. Use body language to support your listening skills e.g. nodding your head.
  47. Walk with a sense of purpose. Train yourself to be assertive.
  48. Research the company’s competitors so that you have a basis for comparison.
  49. Don’t be afraid to disagree with your interviewer, it shows that you will contribute well to team discussions. Express your opinion clearly and unemotionally and back it up with relevant facts as you would in any business meeting.

It sounds a lot to remember and when listed like this. However, most of the points are linked to one another and are based in common sense. If nothing else gives you confidence; just remember that the interviewers want to meet you based on what they know so far – that means you are already halfway to success!

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