Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] Being caught lying about something destroys even the best first impression (the same rule applies to your resume, too!). Best tips for job interviews? Avoid the mistakes mentioned above! Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like: See more cover letter templates and start writing.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] Employers don’t like candidates:
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] CareerBuilder reports that the following mistakes will kill your chances of landing a job:
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] Don’t go all stalker-like obsessive on them. After following up and still not receiving an answer, just consider it a loss and move on. How much follow up is too much? Find out: Following Up on a Job Interview: Full How-to Guide
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] Send a thank you note after the interview within 24 hours. Not only is this a cordial gesture, but it also serves to remind them that you are waiting for their response. Craft your perfect letter of thanks—express appreciation and reiterate your interest in the position. Read more here: How to Write a Thank You Email After an Interview (+10 Examples)
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] When all else fails, and you still feel nervous, try deep breathing. Taking slow, deep lungfuls of air often helps reduce nervousness and stress, whether you are interviewing or in another anxiety-inducing situation. Try this 4-Square technique:
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] If you’re already dreading your interview, facing a group interview may feel like more than you can handle. First, keep your focus on one person of the group, and tell yourself that it is just you and they. Later on, you should feel more comfortable, so switch your focus to the other(s). Don’t leave anyone out not to offend your future colleagues and seniors!
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] At first, this may sound counterintuitive—how would being given more stressful situations help lower your anxiety? Well, interviews are stressful not just because it’s a formal meeting where you’re in the spotlight, but also because it plays a life-changing role. If you have more interviews lined up, at least you’ll reduce the stress which comes from feeling like you only have one shot to get it right.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] Yes, interviewers are mean, scary monsters, but don’t take a shot of vodka right before to help steel your nerves—potential employers will smell it on your breath, most likely, and that could ruin any chances you may have had. If you really fear a panic attack at your upcoming interview, consider consulting your doctor about taking a prescription such as Xanax.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] You’ll likely be nervous and jittery enough as it is, and that’s before arriving at your interview. Don’t let your daily caffeine ritual cause you more suffering. Skip the coffee until after the interview. However, if you need it to feel alert, or if, like me, you need it to avoid a withdrawal migraine, opt for a tea. Tea has a lower caffeine content (usually), and a cuppa has even been shown to reduce stress after consumption.