Interviewing for a new job is always difficult, regardless of how you have fared in past interviews. Every company and every interviewer is unique.
No matter how much you prepare, there is almost always at least one question in every interview that catches you completely off guard, and it can be remarkably challenging to think on your feet when you feel like you’re being examined under a microscope.
The most you can do is rock the things that you can control. You can get a good night of sleep; you can dress appropriately; you can research the company extensively; you can wear navy blue.
Wait, what was that last one?
Yup. Apparently navy blue is the best color to wear to a job interview because it inspires confidence. And according to College Atlas, the folks that created the infographic below, orange is the worst color to don (unless, perhaps, you're interviewing here at HubSpot).
To learn more interview tips and secrets like those, check out their infographic below -- and meet me below the infographic to check out some of our favorite interview tips from the compilation.
How to Prepare for an Interview
Know the responsibilities associated with the position you are applying for.
Find out if there are opportunities for advancement.
Learn about the company’s vision.
Research your interviewers’ backgrounds.
How to Conduct Yourself During an Interview
Address your interviewer by name.
Smile (when appropriate, of course).
Shake hands with a firm, confident grip.
Maintain eye contact.
Emphasize your accomplishments and be prepared to talk about what you've learned from your mistakes.
Fold your arms.
Speak too fast.
Complain about a previous boss, colleague, or company.
How to Follow Up After an Interview
Ask for a business card from your interviewers and send them an email within 24 hours of your interview to thank them for their time.
Ask the hiring manager or recruiter what his/her time frame is for making a decision and what the next steps in the hiring process will look like.
What are the hardest questions that you’ve been asked during an interview? Leave your responses in the comments below!
Originally published May 27, 2014 7:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017