If you haven’t already, check out our last two blog posts on preparing for an interview. Let’s get right into it with six hints to help you impress during your interviews!
Your interview starts the moment you walk through the door, so be kind to everyone you interact with as their input may affect your hiring decision. This means use “Sir” and “Ma’am,” hold the door for others, say please and thank you, etc.
Your interviewer is assessing your fit with the role you have applied for as well as with the company, so you do not want to leave a poor impression with anyone.
Interviews can be as stressful for interviewers as they are for interviewees. For example, there is no need for alarm if your interviewer is a few minutes late; often interviewers are speaking with several candidates per day, or a meeting may run late. Demonstrating that you can take hiccups like this in stride reflects well on you.
Be attentive and take notes
At the beginning of your interview, your interviewer will usually introduce themselves. In some cases, they may explain the structure of the interview. Remember to take our your notebook before the interview starts, and ask them if it would be alright if you take notes.
This leaves a great impression since it indicates that you are diligent, you're interested in the conversation and you are taking notes for future reference. Write down the interviewer's name and contact information if you do not have it already, and take notes as your conversation progresses. Writing down notes on the questions your interviewer asks can be invaluable if you are asked a complicated question, and they may help you respond to future questions as well. They may even help you come up with questions of your own to ask later in the interview. PLEASE REMEMBER: Don't write down everything that is spoken, only take notes of important points. The focus should be on the conversation, not on note taking.
Be clear and concise
Think of your interview as a conversation. No one likes when the person they are speaking to rambles or dominates a conversation, so do your best to keep your answers clear and focused for the interviewer. Speak confidently, and consider the length of your replies. For example, if you have 15 minutes versus 45 minutes with the interviewer, you may want to shorten some of your replies to make sure there is time to address your own questions at the end. We recommend practicing some common interview questions at home a few days prior to the interview to get comfortable with the length of your answers and to be well prepared with points for questions that may be asked.
Be engaged and show positive body language
Your goal is to appear engaged and to feel relaxed in doing so. Sit upright, maintaining a comfortable posture, and do your best not to fidget. Face your interviewer at all times, and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact (we recommend a few seconds at a time). Feel free to ask clarifying questions, but make sure not to interrupt. And, of course, smile and laugh as is appropriate.
No one wants a boring coworker! Use your energy and body language to demonstrate that you are pleasant to be around and the type of employee your interviewer wants to hire. But always remember that you are still in a professional interview, so keep your responses formal and be on your best behavior at all times.
And with that, you should have everything you need to know about the basics of interviewing. However, the impression you leave with an employer does not end when your interview ends.
Check out our next blog post on how to proceed with the interviewing process after an interview to ensure that you do not make any mistakes!
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