Interviewing Tips: The Job Interview
You’re thrilled and excited to have been invited for this interview for a new job. Perhaps it is a promotion within your current company or a whole new position elsewhere. This could be a new position offering more money or perhaps more responsibility. It any case, you want to put your best foot forward and make the right impression. In this article, we will look at how to behave in an interview. We will look at your body language and voice to make sure that you make the impression that you want.
The first and some would argue most important things would be to relax and smile. Be polite and courteous at all costs despite possible tense moments. They will know that you are going to be slightly nervous but you don’t have to show it. Worrying about the interview will only make things worse. Once things get started you’ll likely be surprised at how well you perform.
Another useful tip when in an interview is to always make eye contact with the person speaking to you. When you avoid eye contact it looks like your hiding something. This will actually make the employers nervous but not in a way that will benefit you. Look them in the eye when they talk to you and when you answer. It will make you look more confident and sure of yourself.
You should listen very carefully to the question that they ask. Not listening will look very bad for you. Don’t let your mind wonder and stay focused on the task at hand. If you’re unsure what the employer means by the question, do not be afraid to have them restate it. Your chances of giving a good answer are much better when you have a clear understanding of what is asked.
Finally, be a direct as possible with your answers. Don’t go off on tangents that have nothing to do with the questions. It’s fine to give examples but make sure they are directly related to what is being asked.
By staying calm, listening carefully and being as direct as possible in your answers, you will be doing everything you can to present yourself in a confident manner. Interviews are usually not as scary as people perceive. You will likely amaze yourself at how well you can perform.