If you’ve been looking for a job for a long time now, I’m pretty sure you have a rough idea of what it’s like to be interviewed. It’s quite simple, really: you just walk into the interview room and you try to give your best professional self. But what if that’s really not enough?
In reality, job interview success comes down to positioning yourself as a confident, responsible and self-motivated individual. The real trick though doesn’t come down to saying exactly that but instead in demonstrating that by providing real-life examples. In an interview setting, every word you use can count for something or can be used against you, so it’s important to figure out what you need to say and how to say it well in advance.
For this reason, you need to be prepared to answer even the simplest question the interviewer asks you. For example, if they ask you to tell them a little about yourself, you should give an honest response without bursting out lies or plainly stating that you are an excellent problem-solver. Employers will need more than that if your goal is to impress them.
Whether you have a big interview coming up or would like to prepare for one in the future, check out this video by The Ladders, in which Amanda Augustine shares the most off-putting things you could ever say to a potential employer in a job interview.
As a final note, make sure that whatever you have to say to a potential employer only improves your chances of getting the job, and not the other way around. Unless you want to make a fool of yourself and lose any chances you have altogether, it’s best that you forever hold your peace and let employers judge if you are a good match for the role.
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