The wait is over. After updating your resume to perfection and applying for numerous jobs, you finally received a job interview invitation. This is typically the first sign that an employer is interested in you. While you should feel good about being noticed, it’s just the beginning. You’ll need to demonstrate throughout the entire interview process that no one is better suited for the job than you. Of course, that’s easier said than done. We could all use some interview tips.
Millions of workers go out on job interviews every year. Glassdoor finds that the average corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, only four to six will be called for a job interview, and only one will be offered the job. In other words, when you receive a job interview, chances are you’ve not only beat out 98% of the other applicants, but you still have to beat out the top remaining applicants to actually get the job.
Everything counts when your communicating with a potential employer — from the time you initially schedule the job interview to how you follow up afterwards. You can’t take anything for granted. Let’s take a look at the 25 best interview tips to nail your meeting and land a prized job offer.
1. Avoid the worst times for a job interview
Our list of best job interview tips begins with scheduling the interview itself. Certain days of the week and times of day are not the best when it comes to meeting with a hiring manager. If you meet during a bad time, it could cost you the job. The Cheat Sheet spoke with a few career experts to get their advice on the times to avoid.
If you want the hiring manager’s full attention, you’ll want to steer clear of Mondays and Fridays. David Bakke, personal finance correspondent for Money Crashers, said most office dwellers have lost their focus by the time these days roll around. “The worst days of the week for interviews are Mondays and Fridays. People may still be tired on Mondays and may not have the right focus later on in the week,” Bakke said. He also suggests avoiding an early morning interview if possible. You or the interviewer may not be fully awake and focused yet.
Likewise, energy levels typically decline as the day goes on. You should also avoid job interviews at the end of the day so you don’t get an interviewer who is tired and possibly cranky after a long day of putting out fires, interviewing other candidates, and maybe even dealing with personal issues. “The absolute worst interview time is the very end of the day when everyone is ready to head home,” says Meghann Isgan, human resources consultant for Sunglass Warehouse.
Next: What should you wear?