How Do You Nail a Job Interview?

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April 3, 2020
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You have a big job interview coming up and you want to nail it. If you get nervous or leave interviews wondering what went wrong, you are not alone. We are here to provide some tips to help perfect your job interview skills and land your next career.


The best way to make sure you are ready for your job interview is to prepare. Here are a few things you can do to stand out from the other candidates. You will want to bring a few copies of your resume and also have a pen and notebook.

Know where you are going

You always want to be on time for an interview. Confirm the directions and maybe even practice getting to the company's office. Leave yourself extra time to park and check-in.

Practice common interview questions and answers

You have no way of knowing what the interviewer will ask you but there are common questions you can prepare answers for. If you easily get nervous, write down a few notes so you won't forget what you want to say. Here are the most common questions you are likely to be asked.

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What makes you a good candidate for this position?
  • Why are you looking to leave your current company?
  • What is one of your weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What questions do you have for me?

Research the company

Learn as much as you can about the company and the role you are interviewing for. During your job search, check the company's website and social media accounts. One way to impress the interviewer is to show them you did your homework.

Find a good way to reference a recent story or fact you read. Also, tell them how your values have a strong correlation to the organization's values.

During your job interview

Even if they are prepared, candidates often make mistakes during their interviews. Remember these tips to give the best impression of yourself.

Eye contact

Make eye contact with each person you meet with. People will know you are intimidated if you are looking down at the floor.

Body language

Pay attention to how you are carrying yourself. Try not to fidget and remember to make good eye contact. Offer a handshake to the interviewer when you arrive.

Dress appropriately

One way to make a good impression is to dress professionally. Even if the office is casual, it's always better to over-dress when you interview.

Ask questions

Make sure you ask your interviewer questions during your job interview. Take some time to think of things you would like to know about the role. Hiring managers can be turned off from candidates that dismiss the opportunity to ask questions.

Show your interest in the job

If you get a feeling that this is the right job for you, let the interviewer know. Share with the hiring manager that after speaking with them and learning more about the role, you want to work there.

Say that you know you would fit in well and be a great addition to their team. Being bold can help you stand out from the other candidates.

Be confident

Have confidence when you interview. You have worked hard to get where you are. Answer each question with a firm response.

Take your time when answering so you don't leave out relevant information about your previous jobs. The best candidates are often the ones who sound confident and relatable.

After your job interview

Follow Up

The first thing you should do after an interview is to send a follow up to the interviewer. Thank them for their time and also express your interest in the job. You can briefly remind them of your experience and also one or two of the skills you discussed.

Ask for advice

If you keep failing at job interviews, ask for advice. Talk to someone you have interviewed in the past and ask them for some tips.

Final thoughts on nailing a job interview

One of the best things you can do to advance your career is to be well-prepared for every job interview. A good candidate is one who exudes confidence and is personable. Interview questions can be tricky, so if one or two are difficult, don't let it ruin the entire interview.

Finding a new job is a long process, so have patience and be yourself. You are one great interview away from your dream job!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common mistakes to avoid during a job interview?

Common mistakes to avoid include arriving late, being unprepared, speaking negatively about past employers, showing lack of enthusiasm, failing to ask questions about the role or company, and not following up post-interview. It's important to be punctual, well-researched, positive, engaged, inquisitive, and courteous throughout the interview process.

How can I demonstrate my problem-solving skills in an interview?

To showcase your problem-solving skills, prepare to discuss specific examples from your past experiences. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to describe a situation where you identified a problem, the tasks involved, the actions you took to solve it, and the results of your efforts. This structured approach helps interviewers understand your thought process and effectiveness.

Is it appropriate to negotiate salary during the first job interview?

It's generally advisable to wait until a job offer is presented before negotiating salary. The first interview is typically an opportunity to learn about the role and demonstrate your fit for the position. If the interviewer brings up salary, be prepared to discuss it, but it's often best to focus on impressing the employer with your qualifications and interest in the job during initial interviews.

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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