To get your dream job, you’ve first got to apply and get offered an interview. Then come the dreaded hours of preparing for that interview. Rehearsing your qualifications, experience, answers to the common questions, and sitting in that chair in front of your interviewer can feel incredibly intimidating. What you need to really win is confidence. To be confident, though, you first have to learn how to nail your interview.


(Flickr/Enri Endrian)

(Flickr/Enri Endrian)

Know what you’re interviewing for

Of course, you know what the job is, but try to really delve deep into learning about the job and the company itself. Do some research on the organization itself and the job within that organization, so you are able to ask and answer questions more specifically angled towards that particular subject.


Know how to phrase your ‘greatest weakness’

This is a common interview question that many people are unable to answer. One of the best ways to answer this question is hide your weakness within a strength. An example of this might be, “I like to take on many responsibilities and then don’t ask for help when I need it.” This shows your weakness — not knowing when to ask for help — but it is hidden by a strength in taking on many responsibilities.


Know what to ask

Asking questions about the job or the company within the interview can show your interviewer that you are interested in learning more about the job, and therefore will be more invested in it. Also, since many people do not tend to ask questions in their interview, your interviewer is more likely to be impressed if you ask.


Know what to wear

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. It is always better to be dressed fancier than expected rather than more casual than expected. Even if you may be allowed to come to work in jeans and a t-shirt, dress in business casual for the interview. It will impress your interviewer, and you will stand out among the rest of the average-dressed job candidates.


Know what to say

Preparing your answers ahead of time will help you be more confident in the interview. The interviewer will probably give you a few moments to think through your answers before responding, but don’t sit there contemplating for too long. You want to show your interviewer who you are as a person, so be honest while answering your questions. Overall, treat the interview like a more formal conversation.


Interviews aren’t something to stress over. If you relax and show your interviewer that you are confident and comfortable, they will be more interested in hiring you. Prepare yourself well, take a deep breath, and hold your head high. You’re going to nail it!


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