16 Job Interview Tips and Hacks That Are Genius!

By Jeff Gillis

EVERYONE who has a job interview coming up is anxious to get the real job interview tips that will put them over the top and allow them to be the best candidate in the eyes of the hiring manager.

I’m sure you are no different, right?


So where are you supposed to look?  How do you get the best interview tips?

You can easily find the people who will tell you to “dress nicely” and suggest that you “tell them you’re a perfectionist“, but this is the 21st century, and the run-of-the-mill tips for interviews are not going to cut it anymore.

Enter life hacks. 

They’re everywhere these days.  Little tips and tricks meant to make everyday tasks easier. 

From sanitizing a sink sponge (pop it in the microwave) to helping deodorize stinky sneakers (stuff a dry teabag in the toes whenever you take them off) life hacks have become all the rage.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were life hacks for job interviews?!  An easy-to-read, easy-to-digest list of simple job interview tips and tricks to make walking into your next meeting easier? 

Well, why not! 

In fact, without further ado…allow us to present our best tips for job interviews

Before the Interview – Interview Tips For Your Preparation


1) Use Google Alerts

The best way to guarantee that you are tailoring and targeting your interview information for a specific company is to make sure you’re keeping up on all their news and information. 

Using a service like Google Alerts can save you precious time by doing the digging for you! 

Signing up with Google Alerts is quick and easy and once you’re all done, you’ll start getting email alerts any time a news story appears for whatever specific terms you’ve set up. 

With just a few clicks of your mouse and a little bit of information from you, news stories and current events related to the companies you select are automatically delivered to your email box.   

This is one job interview tip that will keep you abreast of all of the important things that are affecting your industry and the company you are interviewing with.

cheatsheet2) Bring A Cheat Sheet With You

This interview tip is a bit controversial. Some people think that bringing in a “crib sheet” shows that you are not prepared for your interview.

The way we see it though, is that it’s okay to bring a cheat sheet with you to your interview, and even better to share it!

Everyone knows it’s a good idea to bring extra copies of your resume and business cards with you when you interview, but it’s also a great idea to bring a job history cheat sheet with you. 

What’s a job history cheat sheet?  Easy!  

Before you go to your interview, prepare a write-up briefly detailing two accomplishments for each of your past few jobs. 

Try to include one individual accomplishment and one team accomplishment. 

It’s a fast and easy way to present a potential employer with a summary of your job highlights and successes that wouldn’t otherwise be on your resume and might not get covered in the interview.

3) Get Pumped Up!

The best way to get pumped up for an interview is to get pumped up (Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) before the interview!

It’s perfectly natural to have some anxiety about an interview and that can quickly translate into nervous energy. 

Take the time before you interview to help expend that nervous energy by knocking out a quick 10-15 minute cardio session. 

Not only will it help clear out some of those butterflies, but it’ll get your blood moving and help clarify your mind. 

Just make sure you grab a shower after you work out…and before you go to your interview!

If you don’t have time to go to the gym but still need to burn some energy, a brisk walk around the block can work wonders as well!

alarm-clock-155187_6404) Beat the Clock to Beat Your Nerves!

Nothing can make a stressful situation more stressful than anticipation and dread… 

Having to wait all day for an interview is a quick and easy way to build up a major case of the butterflies. 

Rather than spend the whole day worrying and building yourself into a frenzied ball of anxious nerves, try to schedule your interviews for early in the day. 

Not only will you have more confidence, but you’ll appear fresher and more alert. 

It’s also been proven that interviewers tend to remember the first few people they interview in a day much more clearly than those they subsequently interview later.  Remember, it’s the early bird that gets the worm…or job!

5) Give Your Body the Right Fuel

Need a quick pick-me-up before your interview?  Skip the coffee and reach for an apple and some gum instead!

Coffee might be great for chasing away early morning cobwebs but if you’re on your way to an interview, skip the Joe.  Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it’ll suck the moisture right out of your mouth…leaving you dehydrated and parched. 

A dry mouth can not only make talking difficult but can also lead to dreaded dragon breath…not a great way to make a first impression. 

Instead, reach for an apple.  It’s been scientifically proven that munching on an apple is just as effective at waking you up as a cup of coffee…without the nasty side effects. 

Once you’re done with your snack, follow it up with a glass of water and a stick of gum.  Chewing gum before an interview can help you focus and recall information you might have studied earlier.  Added bonus: Minty fresh breath!  Just make sure you get rid of it just before you start your interview.

karate-312471_6406) Strike a Pose!

Give yourself an extra boost just before you interview by striking a pose.

It might sound silly, but striking a pose can actually boost your self-confidence before you enter into a stressful situation.  Just before you go in to meet with your interviewer, take a few minutes in the bathroom or stairwell and strike a “power pose.” 

You’ll want your feet to be shoulder width apart.  Put your hands on your hips and keep your spine straight. 

By doing this for just two minutes before your interview, you’re conditioning your body posture to take up more space and open you up physically, two characteristics of a confident person…and confident people get jobs!

7) Identify a Problem and Fix It

In many cases, a company will be hiring for a position in order to solve a problem or remedy an issue they have been facing. By studying the job description you can often tell if this is the case for the position you are interviewing for.

If this is the case, take this opportunity to prepare a one-page proposal that outlines how you would solve the problem that the company is facing… and be specific!

Even if they aren’t looking for you to solve the problem in the interview, they will be impressed that you took the initiative and more importantly, that as a hire, you will bring a lot of value to their organization.

During the Interview – Tips For Interviewing

8) Be Nice!

Be nice to EVERYONE!

Did you know your interview starts the minute you walk through the front door of the company you are interviewing with?  How you treat everyone around you, from potential future co-workers to the receptionist at the front desk, can help determine if you get a job or not.