If there were ever a time when you wished you were a mind reader, it’d certainly be during a job interview. You don’t know what a new employer is looking for, and you don’t know what will persuade them to take a chance on you. You went to a great school, have steady work experience and you’re a hard worker who cares about your career. So what’s stopping you from getting that great job? The answer is nothing…and everything.
My point is that interviews can be a huge ordeal. Even subtle gestures during the interview are little tests you have to pass. You have to pick out that perfect outfit, shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, stand up straight and ensure you have engaging body language. With all the work you put into getting a call back for an interview, you now have to worry about getting through round two to land your new job.
As humans, it’s amusing how we experience so much, but remember the smallest quirks about people. That lady who wore too much makeup or the man wearing the loud suit. Even the way someone smells or greets you are memories that stay with you for a long time. And in an interview setting, you’re basically under a microscope and scrutinized on everything, even things you may not be able to help. To learn how to carry yourself with confidence and grace, you need to get some pointers on body language. An informative video titled, “Body Language That Gets The Job” from Forbes has some insightful points listed below on how you should appear during an interview.
Eye contact: I don’t know about everybody else, but I get very intimidated during an interview. I start looking here, there and everywhere. I know anyone watching me is thinking, “What is going on in her head?” But it’s just a reaction to feeling anxious. With that said, you need to look at your interviewer, don’t zone out, stare from side-to-side or do any other strange behaviors with your eyes. The video also suggests that when you’re trying to make a relevant point, you need to look directly at your interviewer and state your point from beginning to end.
Voice: You want your voice to sound inviting, warm and friendly. I know when I get nervous I start talking fast and the pitch of my voice changes, so be aware of how you sound. Pretend like you’re just meeting a friend from work. That always seemed to help me calm down in some of my past interviews. Also, when topics are getting serious, and you want to make a firm and memorable point, the material in the video suggests lowering the tone of your voice. Lowering your tone adds meaning to anything you are saying.
Posture: This video instructs a prospective candidate to sit in a very particular manner during the interview. It advises you to “drop back your shoulders when sitting.” This creates a confident pose. Also, when you want to show that you are interested in what the interviewer is saying the video recommends that you “tilt forward from the waist.”
Many of these small and subtle movements and gestures can be quite persuasive in creating an image of an interviewee who is easy to talk with and confident.
For there to be any communication, something needs to be thought about to say. Hence, research becomes key. Before an interview, the very popular recommendation is to research the company you are trying to join, but what do you research? Some advice from an article from Forbes titled, “12 Surprising Job Interview Tips” written by Jon Youshaei are to research earning calls, articles, blogs and quarterly earnings. Additional subjects to research can be competitors, company culture, company history and the industry. With all the information you can find out about a company, it’s easy to pick up on trends, successes, things that you like that the company is doing, and asking fundamental questions about how they do their outstanding work. You want to show the interviewer that you not only want to work for their company but already are beginning to understand their company.
Now the time has come for you to share and talk about all the benefits you have to offer. But we might have to do some cleaning up first. Youshaei has mentioned that there is an app called Social Sweepster. It can remove profanity and get rid of some very suspicious pictures. I love this very valuable tip. We all may have done something on social media that we regret, and now we can get a chance to make a good first impression.
How you research and figure out what you want to say about yourself is determined by the type of questions that will be asked during an interview. There are supposedly more than a 100 popular questions interviewer can ask. Below are three broad questions that are commonly asked in interviews that I feel encompass quite a few points to discuss.
You’re now a bit more aware of what is on the horizon. So now you have some structure and guidance to research your answers to these common interview questions and really work on presenting yourself as an exemplary candidate.
We all have something we’re not good at, but interviewers want to see how you overcame any weaknesses. If you are bad at bookkeeping, explain how you researched bookkeeping and started using an Excel spreadsheet to keep figures organized. Knowing you have a problem and then trying to rectify it shows the ability to be honest and a desire to improve yourself.
You’re supposed to ask your interviewer questions after an interview, and I’m sure you could ask the standard questions about their benefits package, salary and holiday leave or you could ask a question that actually gets you into your interviewer’s head. Finally, a moment where a candidate can size up the interviewer. In the article written by Youshaei that discusses interview tips, he recommends that you should ask, “Have I said anything in this interview or given you any other reason to doubt that I am a good fit for the role?” If your interviewer says “Yes”, you have a chance to ask questions and even explain yourself. This is a second chance to fix a mistake you may have made. How cool is that?!
As the old saying goes, “Getting a job is a job in itself,” but with some preparation and strategic thinking you can improve your chances of landing that perfect job. Just be more calm, confident and well prepared so that new and exciting opportunities can come your way.
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