Job interviews are often a crucial part of the employment process.
Building a great resume is undoubtedly an important challenge as the competition is increasingly stiff, but if you successfully navigate through that opening step, it’s the personal interview that gives you the real opportunity to stand out.
In laying the groundwork for a successful interview, it’s essential to focus on the details, including how to dress and literally when to arrive.
Also, a key to keeping your emotions (and nerves) in check is being fully prepared and undertaking the appropriate research about both the company and position in question.
From there, in today’s post, I’m presenting my top five things to consider for the job interview itself.
First impressions are not only significant, but they’re also made very quickly. And according to many commentators (such as https://nsbroker.com/en), appearing well-dressed, confident and competent carries great weight in initially influencing others, including decision-makers.
In this way, your appearance shouts and provides critical insight about you to the interviewer. Plan to arrive early as unexpected delay in route often occurs and an early arrival shows the intensity of your interest in the job.
Also, dress to impress. Your choice of attire directly reflects on your respect for both the hiring team and your seriousness about the interview. This is business. Keep all aspects of your demeanor, e.g., the way you walk and the tone of your voice, consistent with a business approach.
Nonverbal communication, a.k.a. body language, can speak even louder than words. In fact, without it we wouldn’t be able to send our message properly; without it, communication would be almost impossible.
Well, the nonverbal is about the pauses, the mimics and the gestures you make, the position of your body and posture, and your eyes. All speak volumes, so it’s crucial to pay attention to the small details.
Be careful as it’s easy to mislead with a wayward, apparently sarcastic gesture, even when your words may indicate an entirely different message.
Pay careful attention to the nonverbal signs you transmit because the interviewer will surely be watching. [Some quick research about nonverbal cues would surely help to keep you in good stead.]
Appropriate social etiquette also reflects favorably on personality.
Of course, be polite, as it too shows respect for the hiring team. Express gratitude for the opportunity to interview and demonstrate social grace throughout the entire process. Have a warm greeting rather than a heartless one as I truly believe that where there is no heart there is no passion.
An interview consists of far more than just your responses to specific inquiries; better be safe than sorry and remember that you’ll be judged by every move you make.
Be familiar with any technical jargon that the prospective position entails. Your ability to articulately discuss both the basics and the nuances of the job as well as the industry as a whole will help to establish your credibility as a viable candidate.
Further, understand the company’s primary focus. Appreciating the role of the job in the context of the company and the company in the context of the larger industry will enhance your prospects. Know why you’re the right (not just another) candidate for the job.
At some point you’ll be asked the revealing (and calculated) question: Do you have any questions?
They’re essentially asking: Did you do your research? Do you really care about the company? How badly do you want this job?
This is your time to shine! First, make sure that any question hasn’t already been asked and answered. Make sure that you have been a good listener.
At this point don’t ask about salary and benefits. Perhaps, ask the interviewer about their tenure at the company. How long? Why do they like working at the company? Ask–what makes for a successful candidate?
Have conviction that you are the right person for the job. Have faith in yourself and keep focusing on becoming a better version of yourself. Be curious, be genuine…and be prepared.