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How to Nail Your Job Interview (Tips & Advice)

How to Nail Your Job Interview (Tips & Advice)
During an interview you want to give the best first impression that you can.

What to expect, how to perform, how to present yourself…

Congratulations! You have followed our last tips to hunt your career and you have just received your dream call. The HR department nominates you, and you are now invited to attend the job interview.

The only thing stands in your way to your future job is this interview, and you should pass through it successfully to get your dream job!

Again here we are by your side helping you succeed in your job interview. Below are tips and advices for you, before, during, and after your Job interview… Wishing you all the best!

Preparing for the Interview

Succeeding in your interview is not only about your attitude inside the interview room; it’s also about being well prepared for this interview. Here are some pre- interview tips and advices:

Make Istkhara prayer: as a Muslim the first thing to advise you with is to seek the guidance and help of Allah, the Almighty. You can make this through the Istkhara prayer .
Dress well: your appearance is a very important. Being well dressed and good looking is an essential matter that will give you a better opportunity to nail your interview. Here are some tips regarding the suitable dress for your job interview:
a) All clothes should be neatly pressed.

b) Conservative two-piece business suite (solid dark blue or gray is best).

c) Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best).

d) Clean, polished shoes.

e) Clean and well-groomed hairstyle (for men).

f) Clean, trimmed fingernails.

g) Minimal cologne or perfume (for men).

h) No gum, candy or cigarettes.

Be prepared with answers:

Try to anticipate the general questions which the interviewers will ask, and be prepared with answers. The following questions are very common during a job interview:
a) -What do you know about the company or the organization?

b) -Introduce your self.

c) -Why do you want to work at that particular organization?

d) -How do you handle stressful situations?

e) -How do you deal with criticism?

f) -What makes you qualified for the job?

g) -What do you have to offer to the company or organization?

Prepare some questions: that you would need to ask interviewers about the job, here are some questions that you would need to ask them about the job :
a) -What are the products and services?

b) -How about its reputation?

c) -What types of jobs are available?

d) -What are the hiring policies and practices?

e) -What are their salary ranges?

f) -What are their goals?

Know your resume well enough: that you can discuss every line, and be able to develop answers to questions that relate to your employment and educational experiences listed on your resume.


-Be on time

-Cell phone off

-Don’t babble

-Don’t make jokes, or flirt with the interviewer

-Don’t play with your face/hair

During the Interview

Being a great interviewee is not about having a silver tongue, nor being lucky on the day. It’s about knowing what the interviewer s want to see, and then knowing how to give it to them. A great interview performance is built on knowing three key things:

What to expect, How to perform, How to present yourself.

Here are your tips during the interview:

Make a great first impression:

First impressions can be a hard thing to get past in any situation. During an interview you want to give the best first impression that you can. There are many small things that you can do to assure that you give the best impression possible.

Have a good body language and eye contact:

Try to look energetic. Give a firm handshake upon meeting the interviewer. Maintain eye contact, but don’t stare. Display good posture, and don’t forget to smile. These non-verbal actions show that you are interested in being there.
Give qualitative answers: avoid answering questions using “yes” or “no”.

Employers want to know what you can offer the company. Give examples of your past performance because it is the best indicator of your future performance. Make sure to speak positively of all past employers and experiences.

Have goals and accomplishments:

Maybe you don’t have any idea where you want to be in a few years professionally but figure out something to say.If you don’t and you’re asked, you appear un-ambitious, which leads an interviewer to think you’d be a lazy employee. Talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).

Be honest:

Never exaggerate or lie about your past experiences. If your grade point average is not as high as you would like or you don’t have any extra-curricular activities, admit that these are weaknesses that you are trying to improve. Lying about your past would only cause distress in the future.

Interview Follow Up

You may think that after the interview the rest is left up to the employer. Well, the decision on who to hire is up to the employer, but you still have one last chance to prove to the interviewer that you are the person for the job.

You have to follow up to show the company that you are still interested in the position even after being interviewed. Here is what you should do for the interview follow up:

Send a handwritten thank-you note: doing this shows that you have good business etiquette. This note should again thank the interviewer for his or her time and indicate your interest in the job. You should refer to specific points discussed during the job interview that focus on how you can contribute to the company.

Observe the company culture if you get a second interview: ask if you can spend time watching the activities of different employees. This will allow you to see if you fit with the company and if the environment is comfortable for you.


First published: May 2014

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