A job interview is the most important phase of a professional’s life. If you do well, you can get the job you always wanted. We have complied a list of 10 tips to nail your next job interview by observing so many candidates during our executive search and headhunting experience of more than a decade.
It’s always good to research the company prior to the interview; obviously you don’t want to look dumb when the interviewer expects you to know SOMETHING about the organization. Researching also gives your confidence a boost and delivers the message that you are interested in their organization and the job.
Be on time for your next job interview according to the schedule, if you have any confusion ask the interview scheduler in advance. If necessary, drive to the interview location the day before to ensure you know how much time it takes to get there and how.
Be Original & Relax
The worst thing you could do on the day of interview and during the interview yourself is to take stress. Well, your best bet is to be the best, professional version of yourself, and look at an interview as an opportunity to learn. You are likely to learn something new and useful, even if you aren’t the right person for the job. Don’t worry there will be something good for you in some other corner. Explore!
Switch off Your Phone
Always switch off / turn to silent your phone before walking into the interview room. It looks very unprofessional and the interviewer may get offended if he / she hear the buzz of your phone while during the interview.
Eye Contact & Firm Handshake
People with ‘wimpy’ handshakes are judged to be more nervous and less inspiring. When you go for an interview make sure you give a firm handshake to your audience (interviewers). It shows your confidence, self-control and honesty. However, that the firmness needs to be just right, as an overenthusiastic ‘bone crusher’ handshake can indicate arrogance, a controlling temperament and lack of dependability.
Your eye contact will give the observer (in this case the interviewer) the impression that you are honest or you are trying to hide something. To be successful you must maintain good eye contact. When speaking to the interviewer you should look him or her in the eyes. Do not stare, and do not allow your eyes to wander around the room. People feel good about you when they feel that you are giving them your exclusive attention. Retaining good eye contact is important to forming trust and developing a good relationship.
Dress Well & Maintain Posture
It is imperative that you let your potential employer visualize you in the role. Dressing up appropriately for the interviewing is important. Even if you know the office is typically business casual, a well-fitting suit makes an excellent first impression. If possible, wear nice cologne but not too much. Maintaining sitting posture during the interview is crucial. Leaning, slanting, leg shaking, fidgeting, slouching and sitting cross legged is not advised. Sit straight with both legs on the ground.
Be Friendly & Smile
An interview is not the time to be shy. Job seekers who smile come across as energetic, cheerful relaxed, friendly, confident and optimistic. A warm smile goes a long way toward establishing a good first impression and rapport with the interviewer.
Take Along Copies of Resume & Portfolio
Do not be certain that the Interviewers will always have a copy of your resume available. Leaving this factor to chance may turn the tide against you before even opening the sails. You will seem ultra-prepared if you have your copies. A portfolio containing samples of your work is also impressive. What should be in the portfolio depends on the nature of job you are being interviewed for.
When prompted or invited to ask questions typically at the end of the session, make sure you have prepared a few questions ahead of time. Having no questions is usually not a good signal. Interviewers gauge your interest in the position by the questions you ask. Ask questions which you did not find answered in your research while preparing for interview.
Write Thank-you Note
Make sure you get business card from person who interviews you. Handwritten notes are ideal but email would suffice, since sending a post mail may cost you some money if you are going through a job hunting spree. Spelling of names is important so as the honorifics. Use Mr, Miss, Mrs, Dr as appropriate. If you are not sure of the marital status of a lady interviewer, stick to Ms. This exercise alone would leave a good lasting impression.
We hope that these tips will help you get through your next job interview, with flying colors. All the best. For a private consultation session and preparation for interview you can always contact us through our website or facebook messenger.