4 Interview Day Tips to Help You Get the Job Offer

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Getting a job interview can be difficult, and so can preparing for one. Once the day of the interview arrives, finalists are expected to be at their best.

Here are four tips for success for job finalists on the day of the interview:

1. Be Polite to Everyone You Meet

By the time you’ve scheduled a job interview, you most likely have already communicated directly with a recruiter or someone else from the organization. Whether that communication was via email, phone or in-person, you’ve already started making first impressions.

Your interactions with the hiring official are obviously important, but don’t ignore everyone else who is a part of the process, from the security guard to the administrative assistant who asks if you’d like some water. Every point of contact with someone from the organization can impact your chances of getting an offer.

Some interviews also include meals at restaurants or other events offsite. Always be aware of your surroundings, as the interviewer is probably paying close attention to how you treat the general public. Remember, interviews are about more than qualifications.

2. Pay Attention to Your Body Language

Spoken words aren’t the only way to communicate during an interview. Your body language can be an important factor in the employer’s decision, so pay attention to what your body is saying.

Here are some simple things to practice at home so that your body language will communicate what you want during an interview:

Also, keep in mind that some positions have particular expectations when it comes to body language. For example, police officers need to pay close attention to the nonverbal communication they project while on the job. Be mindful of these expectations and balance them with the tips listed here.

3. Represent Yourself Well in Your Answers

When it comes to answering questions during an interview, practice is important, but performing on the day is what counts the most. Here are some tips for representing yourself well in your answers during a job interview:

4. Know What to Avoid on Interview Day

It’s important to know some of the common pitfalls for job seekers. Here are some mistakes to avoid on interview day:


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