Nail the Interview

Crush Your Next Interview: 4 Game-Changing Strategies

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There is no single list of job interview questions that you can study that will allow you to be flawless. In the end, you are likely to be surprised by the “tough question” in an interview sooner or later. Your best bet is to be prepared for the standard questions and then tailor your preparation to the company. How you may ask, can you tailor your preparation to a specific company? There are many ways to find out specifics about company interviews. While every interviewer will ask different questions, there are some questions and styles that are standard for some companies. Read on.


  • Research the Company: Understand its mission, products, and culture.
  • Know the Job Description: Tailor your responses to demonstrate your fit.
  • Practice Common Interview Questions: Be prepared with compelling answers.
  • Dress Professionally: First impressions matter, dress for success.
  • Bring Necessary Documents: Have copies of your resume, portfolio, and references.
  • Show Enthusiasm: Show interest in the role and the company.
  • Ask Intelligent Questions: Show your engagement and knowledge of the role.
  • Showcase Your Skills: Highlight your competencies and accomplishments.
  • Follow-Up After the Interview: Send a thank-you note to express your interest.
  • Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude, regardless of the outcome.

First Impressions

The first thing to be aware of is that often it’s not your lack of ability that leads you to defeat – it’s your nerves and mindset in how you approach the interview, so let’s look at some friendly advice on shifting your paradigm to tackle your tense state.

  1. Treat the interview as a place to “give” rather than a place to “get”; meaning you focus much more on what you can give them, rather than what you can get in return.
  2. Remember there are plenty more fish in the sea; meaning there’s no need to feel desperate.
  3. Treat the interviewers as friends.  If you think back to when you took your driving test, one of the best pieces of advice driving instructors give their students is to take the heat out of the situation by viewing yourself on your driving test as a chauffeur or taxi driver… as this takes away the intensity of the situation and allows for a calmer and more relaxed approach.  Treat the interview as a chance to connect and build a relationship; rather than a “you vs. me” scenario.

Know the Basics

There are some basic questions that, if not specifically asked, should be communicated by you at some point in the interview. These questions (a few of which are listed below), will help you control the interview rather than have the interview control you:

Dress for the Part

Sounds basic, but you would be surprised what some people wear to an interview. There is no one dress code, every company and most industries have differences in their dress code. So rather than bore you with a fashion report, take a look at the following links:

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Take Control

Like everything in life, it is better to be in control than to be controlled. To the extent possible (without being rude or too aggressive), try to keep the interview under control. How? See the following links.

Research the Company

You really need to learn as much as possible about the company where you are going to interview. With the Internet at your fingertips, this should not be a problem. You can also leverage sites like and ask people that work at the company.

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04/12/2024 04:16 pm GMT

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