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Interviews are tough and many of your seniors would tell you it is often the first impression that counts. It is hard to believe that interviews are not a recent event set up by businesses and corporations to select the best and brightest of us to be welcomed into their company. In fact, the first job interview was conducted in the year 1921 by Thomas Edison. Prior to that apprenticeships were more common to fit a job whereby one skill would be passed down to another.

These days, interviews take place in all forms of work placements and types. It is understandable that many of us would have our stomachs in knots remembering how nervous we were during our first job interview. However, for those fresh off the graduation boat, here are some helpful tips to increase your chances in succeeding in your job interviews: -

  1. Your CV should be well presented so keep it simple, update it as often as possible.

  2. Think Critically, there’s no need to rush to answer.

  3. Negotiating is better than demanding.

  4. Discuss your options with family or peers to get feedback about your job.

  5. Read more about a company before the big day.

  6. Practice makes perfect.

  7. Be open to suggestions and criticisms.

  8. Be bold and humble at the same time.

  9. Read extensively about the job your applying too.

  10. Understand the responsibilities that come with the job.

  11. Most importantly stay calm.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

–Thomas Jefferson

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