A job interview gives you a chance to shine!
What you say and do during an interview will either move you to the second stage of the interview process, end your chances and knock you out of the running for the job and in some instances, land you that dream job on the spot. It does not take much to make an impression — good or bad.
I am sure you want to be that candidate who makes the best impression, rather than the person who blows the interview, so we have prepared some basic tips to help get you prepared for the big day.
How to Improve Your Interview Skills
- Your Facts
Review your work history before the interview — and make sure what you say matches what’s on your CV.
It is essential to spend some time to learn about the company and about the job you are applying for. The more informed you are, the easier it will be to handle interview questions and pitch your qualifications to the hiring manager.
- Practice Beforehand
Practice answering some interview questions, so you’re comfortable responding to the most common questions employers ask. This type of rehearsing will help you feel confident on the day of the interview.
- Sell Yourself
Be prepared to sell yourself! To do so effectively, you will need to be able to share why you’re qualified for the job. You will also want to make it clear during the interview that you’re interested in this specific job at this specific company — not just any job that’s available, at any company.
What you say — and how you say it — MATTERS!
Your verbal communication is important. Do not use slang. Speak clearly and if you need to think about a response to an interview question, it’s fine to take a minute. It’s better to think before you talk than to stumble over your words. You will want to appear calm and focused, not flustered, while answering questions. This will help you make a good impression on your interviewer.
On the flip side, you can use non-verbal communication to impress the interviewer. What you do not say during an interview is just as important as what you do say. The goal during a job interview is to appear professional and attentive throughout the interview process.
- Dress for the Occasion
Appearances and how you conduct yourself during the interview are important as well. If you come to an interview chewing gum or drinking coffee, you will already have one strike against you. Too much perfume or not enough deodorant won’t help either.
Not being dressed appropriately or having scuffed shoes will give you a second strike. Talking or texting on your cell phone or listening to music while waiting to be called for the interview, may be your final strike, and you could be done before you have even entered the interview room.
Treat the interview seriously. Plan your interview outfit ahead of time, leave yourself plenty of travel time so you aren’t late, and show up prepared to engage in the conversation.
- Focus on Listening
It can be easy to get distracted during a job interview. It is stressful, and you’re in the hot seat when it comes to having to respond to questions. That said, if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame appropriate responses.
Listen carefully and take the time to frame a thoughtful response to each of the questions you are asked.
- Have Questions Ready to Ask
Be prepared to respond when you are asked whether you have any questions. You can ask about the job, the company, and about any details that you would like to know more about. Remember too, that this is your opportunity to interview the interviewer, to find out if the company is a good fit for you as well.
- Thank Your Interviewer
Before you leave the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time, and for considering you for the position. There is no harm to follow up with an email message or thank you letter that reiterates your interest in the position, and your thanks for being considered.
At You1st HR we can support you and get you ready for any interview.
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