If you are looking for a job, you will most definitely need to pass an interview. Interviews are more or less organized in the same way and following these 12 interview techniques should help boost your chances of passing a job interview.

1. Prepare sufficiently

Preparation is a key part of the interview. Almost all interviewers will prepare similar questions, and it is, therefore, necessary to have the answers with you before the interview. Beware of cramming answers, though, since the questions could be conveniently twisted and leave you tensed and in-confident. Rehearse a short bio, including all your relevant strong points.

2. Know the company

Do your background research on the company to know what it is all about. Know what they stand for and have a rough idea of why you would want to work for the enterprise, and how you can help them achieve their long-term goals.

3. Don’t mention a specific salary

At some point in the interview, you will likely be asked what amount of money you want for a salary. Most people make the mistake of mentioning a specific figure. Instead, you should respond with a question of what the company can afford to pay for your skill. This is because you could easily mention a figure that is too high or too low for the company. Also, you should never be the one to bring up queries about the salary or bonuses. Holiday time should be out of your mind if you want to get the job.

4. Dress appropriately

Usually, you will want to be officially dressed. However, this depends on the industry. Your clothes should always be spotless, clean and well ironed as you will otherwise look sloppy.

5. Arrive on time

Getting late for an interview signals disrespect and indicates that you are not ready to be cooperative in the company. It is best to arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time for the interview.

6. Be confident

From the moment you walk into the interview room, you should demonstrate confidence. Your walking, your handshake, and your head should all be manipulated effectively to show or even fake confidence. Keeping your head up and maintaining frequent eye contact are great ways of showing your potential employer that you are confident in yourself. With all these, you also need to be careful not to come off as rude or arrogant as this will immediately disqualify you. Use polite vocabulary to show that you have respect for the company and your potential employer.

7. Do not sit until the interviewer offers you a seat

Most people make this mistake and end up appearing disrespectful.

8. Use the Context, Action, Result technique to answer behavioral questions

Behavioral questions seek to find out what your past behavior has been and how you will likely handle a similar situation in future. Answering these questions using the Context, Action, Results interview technique will most definitely impress your interviewer as they will develop a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses.

9. Speak respectfully about your past employers

This should also be stretched to your past workmates. Whether they were a wicked lot is irrelevant.

10. Always stick to the point

Some questions will require a longer-than-usual answer. Be keen enough to know when you have said enough as you could easily move past your allocated time. Watch your interviewer’s on- verbal cues to determine when they think they have heard enough. Also, be careful not to steer off topic.

11. Keep your gadgets off or in silent mode

This especially applies if you do not have a conservative ringtone. A phone ringing during an interview will not only embarrass you but will also reduce your confidence and probably mess up your chance of getting the job. Also, never try to check your phone during an interview.

12. Be honest

Lying is a common practice in job interviews, and employers know this well enough. This is why they may ask you to tell them more and more, and if your lie were only half-baked, you’d be up for a big awkward interview. If you manage to lie to your interviewer and get the job, you will still have to deal with the awkward moment that follows when your boss needs you to do something you that lied you could do.