How to Ace a Job Interview: 10 Crucial Tips

How to Ace a Job Interview: 10 Crucial Tips


Hey, what’s up, guys? Today, we are gonna be focusing in on how
to ace a job interview. I’m gonna be giving you 10 tips that you can
use to make sure that you’re on the hiring manager’s short list by the time you walk
out of the room. But before we get started, I do wanna mention
that this video is sponsored by one of my favorite apps, which is Audible. I’m gonna have more information at the end
of the video and a book recommendation from my own personal library, but if you do wanna
get a free 30-day trial and a free audio book of your choosing, you can go over to audible.com/thomas,
to text Thomas to 500-500 to get started. First up on our list is to do practice interviews. You actually have a lot of opportunity to
do these. When I was a college student at Iowa State
University, throughout my four years, every single year when the career fair would roll
into town, there would be actual recruiters that would come to the Career Center and offer
up their time to do practice interviews with any student that signed up for one. Now, these interviews weren’t real interviews,
but they were real conversations with people who were hiring managers or HR people at companies
who were going to be at the career fair. So in addition to being good practice for
future real interviews, they were actually good networking experience with people who
might be making decisions in the future. But the main benefit of these types of interviews
is that they are great practice for the real thing, because an interview is inherently
a nerve-wracking experience. So if you have some time to go in and do practice
interviews where the stakes aren’t so high, you’re gonna be able to come into the real
thing with a lot more confidence and a lot more polish. Tip number two is to be as friendly and engaged
as you can with everyone that you interact at the company. Now, I don’t think people are going into companies
and being downright rude to the secretary or telling people that they don’t want to
talk to them, but a lot of students will go into a company, and if there’s a little bit
of time to wait before the interview, they’ll just kinda sit in the waiting room and stare
at their phones. I can tell you from experience, that people
who aren’t the hiring manager still do observe the behavior of potential candidates, and
then they talk to those hiring managers. In a lot of companies, the hiring decisions
don’t come down to just the people that you interview with. A lot of the times they’re going to ask anybody
who talked to the potential candidate if they have any objections. So if you come into a company and you have
a few minutes before the interview, spend some time talking to the person at the front
desk. Or if they’re busy, at least be really polite,
greet them, ask how their day is going, and then sit down and do your waiting. Also, don’t walk into the building wearing
headphones. Just don’t. Tip number three on our list, come prepared
with questions for your interviewer. Now, you might think that an interview is
just a situation where you’re supposed to answer the interviewer’s questions because
they’re figuring out if you’re the best candidate for the job. But don’t forget that you’re trying to figure
out if the job is right for you as well. Additionally, coming to the interview prepared
with your own questions tells the interviewer that you are engaged, you’re interested in
the position, and that you put in a little bit of preparation. While you might think that having no questions
makes you seem like you know everything, and maybe that’s a good thing, what it actually
does is it makes the interviewer wonder if you’re apathetic about the position, and if
maybe you’re just doing it for the money. One question you should definitely keep in
your back pocket is, what opportunities for advancement or additional duties am I gonna
have at this company? The great thing about this kind of a question
is it tells your interviewer that you are willing to be adaptable and flexible and you’re
willing to learn new things, and that is a great quality to have in somebody that you
are employing if you’re a business owner. Related to my third tip on asking questions
during the interview, tip number four is to research the company before you walk into
that interview room. Once again, this shows a level of preparation
and dedication that a lot of other candidates aren’t going to have, and it’s gonna help
you stand apart. Now, I know what you’re thinking. What kind of research am I supposed to do,
Thom? Well, you can do a little bit of preliminary
research on the history of the company and its business, what you really wanna understand
what the culture is like, what people tend to do there, and what your intended position
usually entails. Now, on the general position and duties side,
there are tons of websites on the internet, so I recommend just Googling, what does a
network engineer do, for example, but for the individual company, you can use sites
like Glassdoor and Vault to get reviews from actual employees and get a little bit of a
feel for what the company’s culture is like. All right, we are on to tip number five, which
is to bring a notebook and a pen to the interview with you. Doing this is yet another signal that you
are dedicated and detail-oriented, because you’re able to actually take notes on the
details of the position during the interview, but it also allows you to come prepared with
some pre-written notes about the company’s history or any questions that you might have. You should also bring a couple of copies of
your resume, just in case it becomes useful during the course of the conversation. And if you happen to be applying for a position
where examples of your work would be useful, bring those along as well. During my last couple of years at college
before I became a full-time entrepreneur, what I would bring to an interview is this
leather padfolio which had some resume copies in it, it had some notebook paper and a pen
in it, and I also brought an iPad that I would keep inside of it which had screen shots of
my web development work. And a little bit of a side note here, I made
sure that I had screen shots of web dev work because in case the company didn’t have wifi,
I wouldn’t have been able to load the actual websites. Tip number six, that’s seven, six. Send thank you notes or thank you emails within
24 hours of your interview. Now, I say thank you notes or thank you emails
because in my mind, time is of the essence here, and in a lot of cases, it’s pretty difficult
to get an actual, physical handwritten note to your interviewer, especially if the building
that you went to the interview in is far away from where you are. So in those cases, a thank you email works
pretty well. But if you happen to have the ability to give
an actual handwritten thank you note, and it’s within 24 hours or maybe within 48 hours
at the very latest, then that can actually add a nice touch. It should also be noted, and yes, that was
a pun, that you shouldn’t limit your thank you notes or thank you emails just to the
interviewer. If you interacted with a secretary during
your time at the building or you actually got to go tour the building or talk to somebody
doing a job that you would be doing, send those people thank you emails as well. It really goes a long way. Tip number seven on our list is to wear a
well-tailored suit to your interview, assuming that you need to wear business formal attire. Now, I do have to make a slight admission
here. Ever since I bought myself a suit that actually
fits well, unlike the one I had in college, which definitely didn’t, it fit me like a
tarp, I’ve leaned towards recommending an actual suit to go into interviews rather than
just regular business formal attire. But if you don’t happen to have a suit and
you can’t afford one, you can definitely wear a button-down shirt with a nice tie and a
nice pair of slacks. If you’re a girl, there are definitely dresses
that fit that business formal requirement, or you can do something like a dress skirt. But in general, you wanna make sure that you
are dressed for success in the situation. Now, one exception to this recommendation
is if you are specifically told not to wear a suit, or if they tell you what to wear to
the interview. If you’re going to a company that has a really
casual dress culture and they say, “Hey, just show up in a T-shirt and jeans, man,” don’t
show up in a suit because you’re gonna look like you won’t it into that company’s culture. Now, in the case that you don’t quite know
how a suit should fit or you’re looking for some additional tips on how to dress well
for an interview, I definitely have some recommendations for you guys. As a guy, I learned a huge amount of what
I know personally about how to dress well from my friends Aaron Mar-in-o, Alf M. and
Antonio Santano over at Real Men Real Style. And I do also have to give a shout out to
a guy named Sven Raphael Schneider, who has a channel called Gentleman’s Gazette, and
that is much more focused on formal business attire and how to do it correctly. So that is also a great resource. For women, I am definitely a lot less knowledgeable,
but I did find a YouTuber by the name of Elle Florence who has a lot of videos on how to
dress for work and interviews, so definitely check out her channel. And if you are a woman or you know of great
resources for women, definitely leave them in the comments down below. Tip number eight is to be prepared for behavioral
interview questions. These are the kind of questions that ask you
to tell a story about your previous work experience that demonstrates how you handled the situation
and what you learned and improved on. Some examples of these kind of questions include,
tell me about a time when you were in a high pressure situation and how you responded. Or give me an example of a time when you didn’t
meet a goal that you had set and how you dealt with it. Or, tell me about a time when hordes of the
undead attacked your workplace, and what items from the break room you fashioned into makeshift
weapons. Okay, maybe not that one, though, Martin,
make a note to ask the next person we interview that question. – [Martin] Will do. – So the best way to handle these kinds of
questions is to look at examples of them beforehand and to think of stories from your past working
life that would fit them. And crucially, the stories you pick should
be crafted in a way that demonstrates how you learned or improved in some way that’s
relevant to the job. Now, keep in mind that you don’t need a specific
story for every possible interview question that could come out, because one, that is
impossible, and two, when you have a few stories and you’ve practiced them, they’re gonna be
pretty adaptable and you’re gonna be able to apply them to a wide range of different
questions. All right, we are on to tip number nine, which
is actually my personal favorite. View the interview for exactly what it is,
a conversation between two parties who have things to exchange. The reason this tip is on the list is because
a lot of students go into interviews feeling like they’re going into an audience with King
Louis the XIV or something, and they’re gonna be granted a job because of the mercy and
benevolence of the almighty king that’s sitting across the table from them. That’s not the case. Remember, companies put a lot of time and
effort and money into attracting the best possible talent. That’s what they live and die by. So believe that you are the best possible
person for the job, and let that be communicated in the interview. Don’t be arrogant or cocky, but be confident. Finally, our last tip on the list is that
15 minutes early is on time, and on time is late. Here’s the thing. You want a bit of buffer time when you walk
into the company’s doors, just in case they happen to be ready for you right now. You don’t wanna be coming in 30 seconds late
because you got stuck in traffic. Plus, showing up a little bit early makes
a really good first impression and it gives you an opportunity to potentially network
with the person running the front desk or some other people at the company before you
go into the interview. So those are my top 10 tips for helping you
to ace your next interview, though the interview is only half the battle. The best way to ensure that you’re that hiring
manager’s number one pick is to do everything you can to be building skills and experience
that set you apart from the competition. And if you wanna learn more about why that’s
so important and how you can use an experience-based mindset to eventually find work that you truly
do love, Cal Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, is a book that you should
definitely read or listen to on Audible. I absolutely love listening to audio books. I listen to them while I’m walking to wherever
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iPad that I’m using for my recipe, and then the next morning, I can pick up exactly where
I left off on my iPhone while I walk to work. Plus, the app lets me set bookmarks at any
time stamp so I can start building a highlight reel of notes that I can go and review for
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88 thoughts on “How to Ace a Job Interview: 10 Crucial Tips

  • I have an early morning interview and i am the frist in line for said interview so i feel like i have to wow them extremely well

  • This is so helpful, and I've got a job interview by next week which I'm itching to get.

    PS. Those eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Heading into the top gig of my career with the 2nd largest eCommerce retailer in the world TOMORROW. Thank you for the awesome review of the basics. It’s a confidence builder and I’m off to download that Audible book right now.

  • I have an interview in just a few hours, I’m so nervous, I hear it’s a group interview but, I’m just so scared.

  • Can’t afford a suit, don’t have a button down but I have a polo shirt and a turtle neck sweater that’s very fancy looking. Gonna rock it tomorrow wish me luck lol

  • I did a job interview once where all the questions were tell me about a negative situational time. Like they just wanted to know all the worst things I've done in my past work experience. I knew they were testing me to pretty much eliminate myself from consideration. I was able to sway those into positive learning experiences but I didn't get the job. I felt some tension from the interviewer from the beginning I knew he didn't like me from the beginning and I showed up dressed real nice. Sometimes it's not you but the interview and their personal expectations not necessarily the company's. Stay positive and keep trying.

  • This video was very helpful and truly made me feel more relaxed about my interview tomorrow. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  • Sometimes the interviewer just rushes through. And I try to shake their hand but they try to avoid it. It makes me feel like I’m invading their comfort zone. And makes it awkward. :/

  • I always listen to music that makes me feel like a boss so that I feel confident and comfortable when going into the interview

  • Nah screw this . You reading this Right now I got something to say . You gotta understand your networth is either chosen by you or by other people and people aren't as interested in you as you are. So what I'm tryna say is you shouldn't go for an interview you gotta be the one who's doing the interview for you multi million dollar company ALL RIGHT? I believe in you so if I were you I wouldn't watch this vid cos you're gonna be the one interviewing people OK?

  • Actually 15 min early is not on time. It is early. Consider that not everybody shows up 15 early. Some show5 min past the clock in time. So if you cant leave on time bc of that. You say to your boss I am always early. So why cant they be at least on time so I can get out of here. Its not right or fair. I have a life. Etc. Being early to be considered on time is taking advantage of the kidness being offered of showing up early as is. Bc you very well know a manager is going to be in maybe 5 min early from clock in time. The respect works all ways around and should be rocgonized for simply being that -5 early when not everybody including the manager is going to do it. But thats just my opinion and thought on that one matter. Myself Im always 30-15 min early. Usually 30. But its generally just me thats that early. While everybody else including managers show up at clock in time. This has been the case at other jobs as well.

  • Short and crisp tips…which are evergreen too. Hey viewers! Please check out our Channel also. It has a lot of videos on Interview Tips, Interview Questions and Answers and specific videos on different Careers too.

  • This is the best video covering everything that needs to be said.Recruiters say the same and remember the correct hand gestures.Charming presenter too.

  • I’m and I just had an interview. I did the interview 3 days ago and was told I had very good eye contact and a nice firm handshake so I’m really confident but I still haven’t received any news. Is it normal to wait over 3 days after the interview for news? And how many days could it take?

  • All the company wants is someone willing to do everything and anything at any hour of the day and night. A slave.

  • What tips do you have for a person with a disability that goes into an interview? They say for every 10 jobs a person without a disability applies for to get an interview that it takes 3 times the amount for someone with a disability to get an interview. What are some tips that can help increase that opportunity of getting an interview?

  • Thanks Frank! Your so smart and wise! Who taught you everything you knew? Keep up the content, your clever wit and knowledge really make the show.

  • one of the things when preparing for a job. you must be 100% willing to do the job. you want to go to work without feeling like it's a drag. be sure you want to work in an office, a restaurant, construction sites, schools, etc. picture yourself doing the things you would do in the position. if the job isn't right for you, email the company telling them you changed your mind + the reason + thank them for the time.

  • I've been watching your videos since I was in my freshman year in university and always dreamt for the moment to use this video for real. I can't believe I have my first job interview tomorrow!! Thank you Tom

  • I passed my interview after watching this video can I have your permission and have milk and chocolate chip cookies and oreo icecream after that

  • Its not an interview, its a meeting. They need to know about you, you need to know about their work environment.

    You already know about the structure of the company and who its customers are because you've researched the company to the nth degree …… haven't you?

    Don't sit in the meeting with your prospective employer answering questions. Engage in a conversation and ask questions of them.

    "Could I ask how you intend to help your customers over the duration of the next few years please?"

    If you want a good 'end of interview question', ask for a tour of the works premises.

  • Dude, your video is so informative and relevant. Thank you for your wealth of information and for sharing. I appreciate you. 🙌🏽 I always wondered about being a note book and pen. Now I know. You just gained one new follower.

  • Great tips. I had to stop listening after eight minutes in due to that incessant repeating music–that ascending set of notes. Lots of informational YouTubers have added music in the last couple of years. Do you beleive your content is not enough? Please let the group who is telling you to add music that distracts some viewers from listening to the content they came to hear. Thank you.

  • I am about attend an interview for a scholarship half way across the world, I find that this video will be very helpful, thank you!

  • How many people actually ask questions, bring a notebook, give thank you notes etc. It just seems kind of odd. Wouldn’t that make you look awkward

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  • Before going to an interview remember , they will reveal only 20% of what actually you have to do to survive there, they will make you feel like a beggar asking for a handout and they will make everything they can to put you on agony. Don't play their game , try to beat them , they are the enemy. Don't let them interview you , answer a few behavioral questions and then go into the offensive asking detailed information about tasks, hours, compensation, benefits etc. Always ask 25% more money of what actually expected. If all us start doing this by tomorrow we are going to make their life look like hell. Going to interviews and look like a scared cat will not help you.

  • I disagree with the last point. Be on time. On-time is on time. 15 mins early is a pain the butt. Here's why; Recruitment is not my BAU. Yet recruitment is time intense and of course, the demands of my BAU carries on regardless. I don't want to feel pressured by some super overly keen shcmuck when I'm struggling to keep on top of the day to day as well as the interviews. 5 mins early are fine. But I don't want to feel like I'm making you wait when i myself really need those 15 mins to keep on top of my BAU, Maybe that's a British/London thing but I hate to keep people waiting and if you are 15 mins early for an interview you are pressuring me to choose you over keeping on top of my BAU.

  • Great tips!! This has given me some great ideas for my channel audience (recent and new grads getting into work industry) – a lot of the tips on YouTube are for professionals not “newbies” 😉 thanks and please keep the content coming!

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