Best Of: Conquering The Job Interview
You've managed to navigate your curriculum vitae past the resume-scanning robots to impress a live human being. Now you have an interview to sweat. It's easy to freak out at this stage because you're meeting a stranger face to face to discuss what could be the next step in your career. Everything you do and say, and what you leave out, counts.
But don't fret! Breathe deeply and check out AOL Jobs' comprehensive list of best interview articles below. They'll help you bring your best side to the table, whether you're awkward, arrogant or average – or awesome, of course.
Toughest interview questions and how to answer them
Be sure to rehearse these questions because they come up often.
The dreaded "tell me about yourself" question
Here's another tough question that the last article didn't address. It's tricky because it's open-ended. Many a candidate has derailed a good interview by responding with babbling or irrelevant answers.
Questions that don't have right answers
These questions are interview classics. They are designed to test the way you think.
Off-the-wall questions that also test the way you think
"Why are manhole covers round instead of square?" Yes, that's a real interview question and it's common enough. The interviewer's purpose is to test your creativity and methodology. He or she isn't after the "right" answer.
Presentation and Attire
What your clothing color says about you
Your physical presentation always matters in the workplace, but never more so than at your first encounter with your prospective employer. Keep that in mind when you're trying to decide between that blue or orange shirt in your closet on the night before your interview.
How to get hired if you have a tattoo (or several)
Although tattoos have become mainstream, some employers still discriminate against candidates who have them – and they are completely within their rights to do so. If you're worried your body art is handicapping your search, there are still some things you can do to draw the attention back to your work.
Things to bring on the interview
A checklist worth printing out and triple-checking.
Confident body language
Don't just commit these tips to memory. Practice with a friend.
What to do when employers want work samples but you don't have any
Depending on the job, you will likely be asked for samples of previous work. Even if you have a good reason for not having work to show, like a confidentiality agreement with your last employer, you'll be expected to present something.
Acing the phone interview
Phone interviews are often a company's first line of action. You will need to compensate for the invisibility factor with a good oral presentation.