Job Interview Tips for South Africans

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Be sure that you’re what recruiters are looking for by learning to outshine every other candidate (Stocksnap.io)

You've already got the interview – well done! That means your cover letter and CV stood out from other candidates. Now it’s time to prepare for your interview. Unlike anything else you’ve read on the internet, these interview tips will set you apart and put you right where you need to be – on the path to securing that job.

If you've had trouble converting your interviews into job offers before, you can increase your chances of getting hired by going through this collection of articles with the best interview tips.

How to prepare before your interview

Landing an interview can feel like a massive achievement, especially in today’s job market. This means that the company already likes you enough to see you.

But did you know that success starts the night before your interview already? To get the job, avoid making these six mistakes before your interviewBeing self aware helps a lot because that's how you'll know and be able to control how others perceive you. So to improve your chances, you should find out what type of interviewee you are

If you’re nervous, here’s how you can make yourself feel better and boost your confidence with 5 quick tips.

Interview questions to prepare for

We have a list of common questions interviewers always ask, as well as a few crazy interview questions sometimes used to throw you off balance but that you now can adequately prepare for. You also need to know about the questions hiring managers are not allowed to ask you

We know exactly how you should answer “why did you leave your last job?” and how you can best explain long term unemployment. If you bad mouth your previous employer or job, your potential employer may think that you would do the same with their company if things were to go south. That's why you'll have to show your potential employer that you have the ability to tolerate things without complaining – no one wants to work with someone who is immature and constantly complains. 

Questions you should ask

After an interview, hiring managers often ask if the candidate has any questions. Knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference. While these 5 questions are the most important, whatever you do, do not say this.

Don’t forget that they need to impress you too. You’ve got to make sure you’d grow and be productive and fit the company's corporate culture.

How to look and act the part

There are a number of reasons why you’re getting the interview but falling short of getting the job. Here is a list of things you should be doing differently. Keep in mind that you might not be the only person interviewing for a specific position, which is why it’s crucial that you know which traits make you an incredible employee.

Your body language has to be on point if you are to be considered to fill the vacancy. Start by mastering the interview handshake. By becoming conscious of your body language you can control the message you convey.

Finally, make sure that you dress appropriately to the interview.

Impress during the interview

Interviewers start judging you from the moment they lay their eyes on you. They study your every move and have a mental check list that details the top traits they love in candidates. Be sure that you’re what recruiters are looking for by learning to outshine every other candidate.

Here’s how you’ll know that you’re doing well in the interview. And if you’re doing a little worse than expected, here’s how to get the interview back on track.

Don't forget to be your best self. Good luck!