The job interview can be a nerve-wrecking and intimidating experience and it’s not always clear what employers are looking for. However, interviews play a key role in determining if you are a good match for the company.
Here are 7 of the best interview tips to make a lasting first impression.
What Makes an Interview Successful –
The first step in winning the interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are 4 key aspects to keep in mind:
- It’s conversational:
Think of the interview as a conversation not an interview. Get to know the interviewer and ask what exactly is needed for the role and what kind of person they are looking for. Once you know what they are looking for, you can answer the questions explaining how your experience meets their needs.
- Its Professional:
Walk into the interview confidently, shake the interview’s hand with a firm handshake, smile, be pleasant, make eye contact and introduce yourself right away.
- It’s Authentic: Be yourself
Show your personality and be you. Employers are looking for staff that shows a sense of self. You are showing the employer you’re not afraid to present your opinion.
What Employers Look for at an Interview –
- Your appearance
Dress the part and project a professional presence. Employers are seeking people who exude a sense of poise, confidence, and competence. Be sure to wear a touch of color, for example a black matching outfit with a red blouse. Red symbolizes confidence and power.
- Are you the right fit for the position?
You’ve probably heard employers mention they are looking for the right “fit”. But what does that really mean?
It means tha people want to work with who they like and can get along with. You are being evaluated on the following: Are you likable? Are you positive, fun and/or interesting? Will you be a team player and adapt easily to the company culture?
- Are you connecting with the interviewer and/or team?
Did you work with someone the person knows? Discuss how you met them and an interesting fact about the person. This will automatically help you make a connection. Another way to connect, is once you are in the interviewer’s office, look around the room. Do ythey pictures of their kids, family or sports?
I have commented to the interviewer how cute their kids were and wow this really opened the person up. It turned out it was their grand daughter and we openly connected when I talked about my daughter. Try to find someone to connect and have something in common.
- Are you motivated to do the job?
Show your passion for the job. I had a hiring manager tell me he was always looking for person who has the “twinkle” in their eye. This shows your excitement and confidence that you can do the job.
The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.
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