Five Tips for Acing Any Interview

by A Guest Author

Going to an interview can be very nerve-racking for anyone.  It does not have to be this way though. By simply going into an interview with confidence and following some simple guidelines, everyone can do well in even the most important meeting with a potential employer. These five tips can help anyone ace their next interview.


A key factor when going into any interview is preparation.  If a candidate is prepared this helps his or her confidence, which can play a big role during the interview.  When going into an interview, have a 60 second speech about yourself in mind. This way, as soon as the interviewer says, “tell me about yourself,” the response comes out naturally. The goal of this speech is to sell the idea of you, so be sure to include your strengths and accomplishments. This sets the tone for the rest of the interview.


How a candidate appears to a future employer also makes a major difference during the interview process.  A candidate can ace the interview and pass the pre-employment screening, but will fail if he or she does not present himself or herself well. During most interviews, a candidate should be dressed in proper business attire, unless otherwise specified. One should make sure not to fidget or play with his or her hair. Instead, be sure to sit up straight, speak clearly and keep your eyes focused on the interviewer and not on the floor.

Company Background

Researching the company is vital before going on an interview. Knowing ample information about the business you are trying to join will help you answer questions and give you a better idea of what you will be doing for a potential employer.  Showing knowledge of the company also expresses interest, which may sway an interviewer's opinion of your candidacy.

Resume Knowledge

Writing something down on a resume means the candidate is capable of or has experience performing a specific task. Do not list unfamiliar skills on a resume to try to impress a companyas this can jeopardize the chances of being considered for the job. Most companies would rather have a candidate be honest with them and tell them what they can do, even if he or she is not entirely everything they are looking for.


Asking a potential future employer questions can benefit the candidate because it can lead to finding out valuable information about the company and the position. Be sure to ask at least two to three questions. A few examples of questions that should be asked are "what challenges might I encounter if I take on this position" or asking to describe the atmosphere of the office. If it is the first interview, ask about salary or pre-employment screening as well as other relevant information. If no questions are asked, this can be seen as being less aggressive or interested than other candidates for the position.

Knowing how to perform during an interview should make it a less stressful process. By following these tips and having confidence, interviews will go far more smoothly.

About the Author

Human resources and interview help blogs have been a specialty for Michele Filipkowski. Contact her @micheleashley89

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