When you are invited for an interview, it is your chance to demonstrate that you not only have the required qualification to perform the job but also you have the mindset, the leadership potential, and the commitment to the vision of the company. Preparing yourself physical, mentally and emotionally for the interview is a critical step to land your dream job. Many candidates do not put much emphasis on the interview as a conversation between potential workmates, who share the same interest.
There are differenttypes of job interviews, and your task as candidates to learn about what to expect in such interviews. In a preliminary or screening interview, the focus is on the qualifications of you as a potential candidate and to confirm that your qualifications match the job requirements. However, in follow-up interviews, interviewers tend to go deeper, include more behavioural questions. The interviewer’s task – even in panel interviews – is to confirm that you are the best fit for the job and the organizational culture.
In this article, we are sharing with you seven strategies to ace your next interview. These strategies apply to different types of interview,whetherin-person, telephone or Skype interviews.
Keep Up Appearances
Although it might seem a no-brainer to dress in a professional manner when you are attending an interview, many recruiters have reported that candidates in some cases do not put much effort into their physical appearance.
Always have a professional attire that fits many industries, this will show that you take this interview seriously. Unpressed garments give the impression that you do not take pride in how you look and present yourself. Short or revealing clothes make interviewersuncomfortable, as well as wearing heavy perfume or cologne. Too tight or too loose clothes do not give a chance to present yourself in a professional way, but the right fit will do.
Grooming and hygiene are as important as the clothes you are wearing. Your interviewer will recognize your clean nails, combed hair, and shiny teeth.
In case you have a copy of your resume (it is advisable to have a copy with you) or any other documents, it is desirable to have such documents in a cleanfolder. Being attentive to details is a desired quality that most of the employers are seeking in their employees.
It is crucial to, spend some time learning about the employer and the industry in generalbefore the interview. Research the latest trends in the industry, read the company’s blog and articles published by key executives, this will help you understand what is important for the employer.
It is also important to know yourself, your knowledge-base, your skills, and aptitudes. Mapping out how your skills match what the employer require for a particular job will help you answer the interview questions.
Investing your time in planning your career, understanding your personal qualifications and how they fit the position and the organization you apply for, should be part of your preparation for the interview as well as confirming the interview date, time and location. Moreover, it also beneficial to know with whom you will be meeting and do some research to understand their role in the company,their background and what are specific competencies they might be interested in.
In case you feel nervous in interviews, try to arrange for a mock interview with your employment agency or counselor. Practicing will help ease your stress, be prepared to answering questions in a calm manner and receive feedback from your counselor.
Manage Your Conduct
The interviewer(s) is interested to see how you conduct yourself, so, behave cordially and respectfully. Your firm handshake will convey your self-confidence, maintaining eye contact with your interviewer will show your interest in them, and the organization and your posture will represent how you carry yourself.
Control your voice and tone to show enthusiasm and be pleasant, but remain professional and formal. Paying attention to your interviewer will help you understand the questions, collect your thoughts and relate your answers.To collect yourself and tape into your confidence,scientists recommend practicing the power-pose for a couple of minutes.
Being confident is different that bragging or exaggerating in describing your achievements, so, make sure to use verifiable information about yourself and state only facts. It is also advisable to refrain from condemning your previous employer or be apologetic about specific incidents. Always use objective statements and positive language.
Your overall conduct is directly related to your level of stress,so, having a good night sleep and a relaxed body is crucial to managing your conduct effectively in the interview. Have a light meal and water instead of heavy or high sugar foods and coffee.
Practice Best Demeanour
Interrupting your interviewer, completing their sentences or answering the question before they finish talking are signs of disrespect and employers take it seriously. Being respectful means that you stay attentive and give the other person a chance to collect their thoughts and finish their talk.
Showing courtesy and employing a positive attitude will take you far. Interviewers get annoyed when you allow your cell phone to ring, and they get more annoyed when you check it. Switch off your phone or have it on silent mode during the interview.
Your body language is important in showing your self-esteem. Fidgeting too much in your seat, playing in our hair or taking your fingers on the table or the desk is not only annoying to your interviewer, but also show that you might be stressed or not interested in the interview.
Your pace is also necessary to demonstrate your attitude. Talking too slow might reflect your boredom or frustration, so, if you have a particular need to speak slowly, inform your interviewer. On the other hand, talking too fast is not good as well.
Bring High Level of Professionalism
Arriving late is not an indicator of professionalism, so, make sure to know the right time and place of your interview and plan your commute correctly. It is always better to arrive ten to fifteen minutes earlier to get sometime to compose yourself or go to the restroom if needed.In case you arrive late, do not forge a greatexcuse, be concise and apologize and do not waste more of your interviewer time.
When addressing your interviewer, it is recommended to use his/her last name with a proper salutation and do not use the first name unless asked to. Always remember that an interview is a part of the formal process of hiring, even when the interviewer is friendly, be calm and do not take the interview lightly.
Show your sincere interest in the job without looking desperate or in need. Every candidate, who appliedfor this particular position is in need ofemployment, so, focus on presenting your qualification, experience and skills and how you are the best fit.Have a notebook with you and take some notes during the interview.
The interview is a two-way communication channel, for the employer to learn about you and for you, as well, to learn about the employer. At the meeting room or the interviewer office, keep your focus on the interview and do not look around, especially if your interviewer has displayed some personal photos or items. In some situation, your interviewer might receive a phone call or a visitor, keep your focus away from that conversation. However, if you are introduced to the visitor, show respect, stand up and firmly shake the visitor’s hand.
Do not forget to send a thank-you message to your interviewer; it is another chance to confirm your interest in the position and summarize your best qualifications.
Respond Effectively To Questions
The interviewer asks questions not to interrogate you, but to give you the chance to express yourself and show how you fit the job. Responding effectively to questions is crucial. To respond effectively, you need to make sure that you understood the question, gather your thoughts and-and back up your answers with specific examples from your previous jobs or experience.
Avoid long answers and talking too much,be concise and to-the-point. When giving examples, use professional examples from your experience and do not use too many personal situations. Avoid bringing sad or negative stories, political disposition, religious or any other topic that might be inappropriate for a professional context.
When asked about your salary expectations, use a range that is appropriate to the industry standards. Hover, do not bring the subject up early in the interview. Moreover, be prepared to respond to the traditional questions of interviews and do not spend too much time trying to remember your previous job titles, employers or dates of employment.
As mentioned before, the interview is a two-way channel, and you are allowed and encouraged to ask questions. When invited to ask questions, use this opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the company and the employer. Your questions will communicate your understanding of the requirements of the position and the company culture.
You can ask questions about opportunities for learning and development, whether they have a formal or informalmentoringprogram, or the performance appraisal. You can also as about the salary range and the benefits – only at the end and when you feel that you made a good impression. You also can ask about the next step and when you will receive feedback about the interview.