So you know how to answer tough interview questions, have the degree and excellent skills that qualify you for the job, but you’re STILL not getting an offer. It might be time to level up your interview game and look past these basic qualifications that you’ve obviously already mastered.
Enter FirstJob’s top list of critical interview hacks.
Here’s the secret: the trouble you’re having may have more to do with your interview behavior than with your on-paper qualifications. Use these four tips to ace your next entry level job interview:
1. Master Your Body Language
Interviewers are trained to watch for body language that can reveal more about the candidate than the candidate may know about themselves (spooky right?). Try practicing with a friend of yours – one who won’t afraid to tell you if you’re projecting the air of a sleep-deprived college grad versus that of a sleek young professional. Learning how to get comfortable in your own skin is a critically important step to owning your interview and landing the job.
2. Learn How to Sell Yourself
Take a basic sales course to improve your interview skills. Make an elevator pitch for yourself and try it on your friends. Would they hire you?
The reason you’re doing this is so that you can learn how to overcome objections, how to ask for the job, and how to hype up your benefits in a way that can make you seem like the ideal candidate. Next time an interviewer asks if you have any questions, you can turn the tables on them and ask them what type of concerns they might have hiring someone for that position. This gives you another opportunity to sell yourself once again.
3. Schedule The Best Time Slots
Morning interviews tend to find you and the interviewer both at your best, fresh from a full night’s sleep. It’s also a great sign to interviewers if you’re willing to make the effort to make that 8AM early morning interview versus 3PM when everyone is just coming out of their post-lunch slump. Whatever you do, avoid Friday afternoon appointments, as they tend to be the time everybody wants to leave. If anything, you can expect them to view you less favorably as you’re keeping them from an early start to their awesome weekend plans.
4. Get an Interview Coach
If I haven’t stressed it enough, find someone willing to do a mock interview with you and who will provide constructive criticism on your presentation. Take notes on your image, your delivery, and weak areas and take that extra effort to make needed changes. Next, proceed to the interview and remember to implement our awesome tips. Make sure you let your coach know when you’ve aced your interview and landed the job.
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Amy Liu is a Digital Marketing Associate at FirstJob and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she loves exploring San Francisco and trying out tasty new restaurants.