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Interview: Are You Impressive or Not?

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Impressing in the InterviewIf we were to write a list of everything you need to know about interviewing, it would take a lot of time and paper. A huge number of books and articles are available on this topic, many of them giving contradictory advice.

Many people will tell you to be yourself during interviews, but some may say that you should put on an act in order to get the job you want. Whether you believe the former or the latter, there are certain guidelines that can be applied in most interview situations.


Provided below are some of the things that you should keep in mind during interviews. These have been acquired through research and the personal experience of many job seekers.

  • Understand that you’re being investigated.

Interviews are conducted by employers to find the perfect person for a specific job. When you are being interviewed, you are being investigated. Your purpose is to let the interviewer know who you are and what you are capable of. You’ll need to be ready to open yourself up in order for him or her to see your abilities.

  • Get real.

This is a real-life situation that we’re talking about, so there is no room for pretensions. Be real and don’t put yourself into a role you think they’ll like just to get the job. There’s nothing better than being yourself. Plus, it’s easier to be consistent when there are no lies or deceptions involved.

  • Be aware.

Make sure that you know what you’re getting into. Aside from your safety (an assurance that the job is legal), researching about the company you’re applying to is highly advantageous. It will help you know what type of employees they’re looking for. You can either use the World Wide Web or public libraries to learn all about the company, including their profile, goals, and philosophy.

  • Learn to ask.

It’s been said that smart people are those who ask. Impress your interviewer by asking well-constructed questions about the job and the company. This will give him the idea that you really understand what you’re doing.

In addition to impressing him, you’ll also learn something about the company that you didn’t learn from your prior research. This will also help you evaluate if he is the right boss for you.

  • Get a glimpse of your manager.

Usually, managers make sure that they’re on their best behavior during interviews. Unless you start working with them, you won’t get to see their real personality.

This is why it is advisable that you ask questions about the company (e.g., management style, reaction to stress, employee-employer relationships, and other things that can help you analyze your boss). That way, you can appraise the manager just like he’ll be appraising you.

  • Be humble. 

Learn to admit your weaknesses and show that you’re ready to overcome them with the help of their company. Any interviewer will lose interest once he encounters someone who is incapable of accepting his weaknesses and is unaware of his limitations.

We all have things that we need to improve in ourselves, and we all need help from other people. Consider your own limitations, and get ready to discuss them with your future boss.

Following these guidelines can make all the difference. Equip yourself with knowledge of the company and the position you’re applying for; be confident and be ready for whatever they might ask you. Do this and see the difference in how interviewers respond to you.

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