In interviews, your purpose is to convince the recruiter that you are the most suitable candidate for the job. Regardless of how well prepared you think you are, interviews can be nerve-wracking and it’s your job to overcome your nerves and convince the employer that you have the skills, knowledge and expertise for the position. With that in mind, Gillian from polkadotfrog has put together 5 key interview techniques to help you calm your nerves and impress your prospective employer.
- Dress to impress
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘dress for the job you want, not for the job you’ve got’? Unsurprisingly, in your interview there is no better time to put that phrase into practise. Regardless of the job you are applying for, dressing smartly for the interview will create a great first impression and show those questioning you that you are serious about the position.
When I say ‘punctuality’ – that doesn’t mean turning up on time, it means turning up early. Take into consideration the fact that there may be traffic or delays in public transport, there may be a large building or offices to navigate and/or documentation to fill out upon arrival. Planning ahead in these situations to ensure that you are not caught out is vital to creating a great first impression.
- Body language
According to UCLA professor and researcher Albert Mehrabian, 55 percent of messages processed by the brain are based on a person’s body language. This means when you’re sat down in an interview, your facial and eye moments will be judged – perhaps more so than the skills listed on your CV. Ensure that when you are speaking you establish eye contact– your prospective employers will be able to gage your interest level, professionalism and confidence this way. Another phrase to bear in mind here is “it’s not what you say, it’s what you do”. Despite what type of language you choose to use and where your focus is, there is no greater giveaway than negative body language. Try not to slouch or fold your arms and instead keep your expression interested, your posture open and confident and your head held high from the moment you arrive.
I think this should really go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. PLEASE do your research about the company you are looking to join. Regardless of the role you are applying for, showing your prospective employer that you are prepared to go the extra mile by researching and being knowledgeable will demonstrate your eagerness, it will also stop you from getting flustered when they ask you questions about the company. Visit their website, seek out background information such as company history and develop a question list as the employer may expect you to have prepared some questions to ask.
If you find yourself being asked competency based interview questions (such as “describe a time when you used your initiative to solve a problem”) and you are panicking about what to say, don’t worry, take a deep breath and follow the S.T.A.R technique.
Split your explanation in to four different sections. Describe the situation and the task that ensued, then, in more detail, describe the action that you took to resolve the matter and what the result was. Planning out your response in this manner will allow you to structure your sentence in an easy to understand way and answer tough work related questions in a memorable manner.
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