Twenty Interview Tips That Will Help You Nail Your Next Interview

by Hank Coleman

There is a very interesting website, How to Nail an Interview, that was recently featured on Get Rich Slowly

The guys responsible for the website went to great lengths to research what makes certain people stand out during interviews.  They rented office space in downtown Seattle, posted a “help wanted” ad on Craigslist, and then (legally) videotaped interviews with applicants. The researchers received 142 resumes on the first day and 356 in the first week.  They then conducted 28 interviews using hidden cameras.  After reviewing the tapes, the following 20 interviewing tips were created… 

  1. Your resume has 10 seconds to sell.
  2. Be on time.
  3. Turn off your cell phone.
  4. Know the company and why you want to work there.
  5. Bring extra resumes.
  6. Bring a notepad.
  7. Dress conservatively.
  8. Clean up your online presence (Facebook & MySpace profiles).
  9. Don’t make jokes.
  10. Don’t babble.
  11. Don’t badmouth a boss.
  12. Don’t flirt with the interviewer.
  13. Don’t play with your face or hair.
  14. Some things are better left unsaid.
  15. Have good eye contact.
  16. Have goals.
  17. Have career accomplishments.
  18. Have passion.
  19. Ask questions.
  20. Send a thank-you note.

These are some great tips!  And, you can see a lot more details about each one of these tips and more help on the website.  It is really some great information.  My favorite is actually some of the videos that they posted on their website as well.  It is well worth the visit to their site even if you are not looking for a job.  Amazing!

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10BiggestInterviewMistakes.com June 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I’ve been to the How to Nail an Interview site and it is very funny and well done. Good that you got in touch with them for this article.

Gretchen June 26, 2009 at 12:09 am

This a great list for all job seekers, especially recent college graduates. In my opinion, interview preparation is one of the hardest steps during the job search. The 20 tips you listed are very helpful. I’ve also heard that an employer wants to hear about your real-life attributes, real-life skills. In addition to the interview resources you listed, I would suggest: dexterhawk25.wordpress.com/ and http://bit.ly/JGgwj.

Thanks again for the tips!

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