If you are going for a job interview some time soon, we have some amazing tips to help you ace it!

  1. Dress Appropriately

First impressions are everything and a big part of that is your outfit and grooming. How you should dress depends on what type of job you’re trying to get. If you’re going for a more formal office job, you should dress formally in a suit or formal clothes. Ladies, ensure your hair is neat and professional and that your makeup is not over the top. Gentlemen, ensure your hair and beard is well-groomed. It’s best to avoid looking shaggy and unclean as the interviewers may conclude to not hire you before even listening to you talk. Also make sure you smell good but don’t put so much perfume or cologne on that that is the only thing anyone in the room can focus on. Brush your teeth and make sure your breath is fresh because someone having bad breath and being all up in your face is not an experience many want to be subjected to.

2. Prepare and Rehearse

Go over common job interview questions and practice answering them. Go over the job requirements that were listed in the ad and list how you’d answer them and practice. If necessary, do so in the mirror to see if your facial expressions are alright or get a friend to ask you the questions while you answer them. Do some research about the company and try to apply the knowledge to your answers to the practical questions they ask you. Relate your past work to what the company is searching for so they know you’re skilled and experienced. Pick an outfit way ahead of time (preferably not brand new clothes) so that you don’t start fumbling on the actual day.

3. Be Polite

Politeness starts with responding with a ‘thank you’ message when told you’ve been called for an interview. Punctuality is also another part of politeness, there’s no such thing as ‘fashionably late’ when you’re trying to get employed – show up at least 5 to 10 minutes early. If you don’t know where the place is, make sure you leave extra early in case you get lost. Do not interrupt others when they are talking as it is rude. Do not use inappropriate language because it can and most likely will be taken the wrong way. The way you dress also shows how much you care about getting the job; you should be dressed appropriately for the company and it should look like you put some thought into your appearance.

4. Be Confident not Arrogant

It’s important to show confidence and show that you believe you’re the one for the job but don’t overdo it and let your confidence sound like arrogance. Show your skill and knowledge by answering questions confidently but when asked “Why should we choose you?”, try to answer in a way that doesn’t sound too cocky. Being overly confident is not good but neither is being too modest. This is the time to talk about your abilities but not in a braggy type of way. Don’t talk too much about yourself either, speak about the company in general too. Seeming desperate also takes away from your air of confidence and makes the interviewer feel like if they hire you they’re only doing so because they feel sorry for you not because they think you’re qualified which they do not want.

5. Social Media

Clean up your social media accounts because yes, it is highly likely that someone who interviews you will check it. 91% of employers check social media to see if there are any inappropriate posts or use of foul language. Make sure you avoid such or simply tidy up. “Too many recruiters reject candidate because of something they found on their social platforms” Social Sweepster CEO Tom McGrath says. Sometimes, saying that you don’t have social media is also a negative especially if your work requires you to get and share information or contact others and network so make sure you are active on social media but you participate in non-suspicious or non-frowned upon engagements.

6. Body Language

Maintain eye-contact with the speaker, don’t let your eyes wander as tempting as it may be to look out the window or analyse the décor in the room. Nodding your head to show that you’re keenly listening and sitting posture are also important as minor as they may seem. Have a firm handshake that’s not so tight that it’ll cut off blood flow in the veins but not so loose that one will think you’re avoiding germs on their skin. Ladies’ if you’re wearing a skirt please keep your legs together and men, do not spread your legs too wide when seated too. These things are not related to education or skill but they’re definitely things that all employers look at and consider before choosing to employ someone.

7. Don’t Talk Too Much or Too Little

Do not overshare with the interviewer but make sure too tell them everything they need to know. Answer questions precisely and keenly especially those about your past jobs (if you’ve had any). Don’t talk over anyone and try to answer all questions you’re asked. It’s also recommended that you ask them questions to show that you’re attentive and you care to know more but delay the salary question for as long as you can. Asking questions can also help you determine whether this is the right place for you or not. Don’t be too friendly with the interviewer; they’re looking for an employee, not a new best friend. Do not go on and on about irrelevant things and fall off-track and start telling the interviewer about your ex-lover that they don’t care about.

8. Timing

This is just an extra tip – in case the interviewer lets you pick a date and time for the interview, choose a day in the middle of the week and a time that’s not too early in the morning, not too close to lunch and not too close to home time. People’s moods and attention levels vary during the day so you don’t want to get interviewed on a Monday by someone who’s stressed about the week ahead or on a Friday afternoon when someone is focused on their weekend plans. Pick Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday around 10:00am when their stomach is still full and their mind isn’t on lunch yet.

Sources: monster, forbes, thebalance