Tips for a Successful Job Interview

The 4 Ps of Interview

Securing the position you are applying for will not only rely on passing examinations or having connections, it all boils down to your experience, knowledge and personality. It will take a lot of convincing and confidence to convince the panel that you are the person best suited for the opening. Planning and preparation are vital tactics every applicant must utilize if they are expected to qualify.  

We've broken down some tips to help you dominate the interview. However, we must i


Anticipating the questions beforehand can be advantageous, as it gives you ample time to practice and rehearse the right answers. Note that the first questions are usually softball queries, focusing on why you applied, what makes you the most qualified and what you can share about yourself that makes you special. While relatively easy, don't let it distract you from revealing unrelated details as it may ruin your chances in the long run. 

It's the middle and final portion of the interview process that can get challenging, as you need to truly convince the interviewer why they should pick you. Know as much as you can about the company and the position, citing references and similarities can make an impression when articulating on the areas that matter. 


Practicing in front of someone helps generate confidence while allowing you to gauge both their verbal and nonverbal responses. Your friend's honesty can be a source of positive critique to help strengthen your positioning. Tell them to throw you curve ball questions, things that could catch you off guard, this gauges how quickly you respond and think on your feet. Try to recreate different scenarios in your head, how you portray yourself as trustworthy and qualified is what matters.  


Arriving early 20 minutes before the interview can help relax jitters and allow you to compose yourself. This provides a positive impression for those in attendance that you are serious and respect the position. Not all offices are easily navigated, given that it would be your first time getting lost is a possibility. Reporting early allows you the chance to locate the right room with extra time to spare. 

Make a final trip to the restroom to check everything is in order and you are presentable, last thing you need is an unzip fly, ruffled hair and crumpled attire being the highlights of your presentation. 


The crucial hour is upon you during this stage as there will be no redos, no backsies and no turning back. The moment you enter the room your interview has already started. How you carry yourself, acknowledge your hosts and compose yourself will determine their assessment.  

Making a wonderful first impression requires grace and confidence, it demands proper etiquette and consciousness of your body language. (This is why practicing and preparing are vital) Avoid unnecessary movements such as shaking hands or facial remarks, such actions though minimal can be distracting and offer the wrong signals. 

Make eye contact at all times. Looking someone directly in the eye signifies 'listening' when they speak and 'control' when you are talking. It implies confidence and a learned personality that can dazzle your interviewer and lend credibility to your statement. 

Answer each question by taking a few seconds to digest what was asked, deliver your answer in complete sentences, and always in a calm manner. The secret is staying optimistic and eager throughout the entire conversation without giving them reason to doubt your capabilities. 

Despite the interview being over, how you leave the office is still observed. Have you thanked them for the opportunity and did you shake their hands? 

Being professional in all aspects count. Even if you didn't pass the interview, making an impression could still make a difference. Should there be another opening, they'd be sure to give you another chance. 

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