In this article, you will learn the six (6) rules you need to learn to pass your job interview. If you follow these six important rules, your chances of passing your interview at the very first attempt will literally skyrocket.
If you have a job interview coming up soon for any role or company, make sure you read this article very well because it will to help you be the standout candidate.
6 Rules for Passing any Job Interview
Below are the Rules for Passing any Job Interview:
- Rule 1 – Make the interviewer feel good about you.
How do you achieve this? Do the following three things:
(i) Do not be late for your interview. How do you feel about a person who turns up late for a meeting with you? It’s disrespectful, right? Do not be late for your interview.
(ii) Be polite and demonstrate good manners throughout the duration of your interview. This includes when you first walk into the interview building, be polite to the reception staff and be polite to the hiring manager.
(iii) Make sure you be appreciative. Make sure you thank the hiring manager at the beginning and end of your interview for giving you the opportunity to be interviewed for the position.
- Rule 2 – Demonstrate good interview technique.
Interview technique is how you present yourself throughout the interview. To demonstrate good interview technique, do the following 5 things:
(i) Knock before you enter the interview room.
(ii) Do not sit down in the interview chair until invited to do so.
(iii) Make sure you sit upright in the interview chair at all times.
(iv) Listen to what the interviewer is saying and demonstrate active listening skills.
(v) Make sure you look at all the interviewers when answering their questions. Don’t just look at the person who asked you the question, look at all of them if there is more than one person interviewing you.
- Rule 3 – Carry out research
Do the following two things when conducting your research before your interview.
(i) Research the job description.
Read the job description to understand what strengths are needed in the role and to determine what your responsibilities will be in the position.
Tell the interviewer you have read the job description when answering the first interview question, “tell me about yourself” and say you are confident you have the skills, qualities and experience to excel in the role.
(ii) Research their company.
92% of hiring managers failed people at their interviews because they didn’t know enough about the company. Before you attend your interview, find out what the company does, look at their products and services, and follow them on social media to find out their latest news stories.
- Rule 4 – Take things with you to your interview
Most people take nothing with them to their interview. They just turn up, answer the questions and then leave and then they wonder why someone else got the job and they didn’t. Take the following three things with you to your interview:
(i) Take your resume or CV along with you to your interview in a smart looking presentation folder.
This is important because you can give the interviewer a copy of your CV or resume and you can read through it when they say to you, walk me through your resume.
(ii) Take a small notepad and pen along with you to your interview.
This enables you to write down anything of significance that comes up during the interview.
This might be details about the salary on offer, the start date for the job, and you can also write down the questions you are going to ask at the end of your interview so you don’t forget.
(iii) Take along with you a plan of action of what you are going to do in the role in the first 30, 60 and 90 days of starting work.
This is a great thing to take with you to your interview because when the interviewer says to you, why should we hire you? You can give them a copy.
- Rule 5 – Always ask questions at the end of your interview.
When the hiring manager says to you, ‘that’s the end of the interview, do you have any questions for us?’, don’t say something like:
‘no, it’s okay, I don’t have any questions, you covered everything during the interview’
This is a huge mistake. It’s really important to ask smart questions, but how many questions should you ask and which ones? Ask three smart questions:
Question 1: What’s the first thing you would need me to concentrate on in the role if you hire me?
Question 2: Can you tell me more about the team I would be a part of in this role?
Question 3: What would my success look like in twelve months from now?
- Rule 6: Always send a follow up email immediately after your interview.
When you send a follow up email after your interview, it serves two purposes.
(i) It puts you in the thoughts of the hiring manager.
(ii) It further demonstrates really good manners.
Below is example of interview follow up email for you to send.
Re: Thank you.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to be interviewed for the position with your company.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning more about the company and the team I would be a part of in the role.
If you need any further information or details to help you make a decision, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
[Insert your name]
That all about the 6 Rules for Passing any Job Interview.
Thank you so much for reading this article and I wish you all the best for passing your interview.
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