To be called for an interview is an honor and a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Why? It means that you were selected to be heard out of many other candidates that applied.
However, the fact that you were selected to be interviewed is not an automatic ticket that you’ll get the job. Rather, it is a sign that you are one step closer to being hired. To increase your chances of getting hired, you must create a positive impression in the mind(s) of your interviewer(s).
If you are wondering how you can impress during an interview and increase your chances of getting the job, here are a few tips that will help.
Preparing for your interview brews confidence and from the moment you walk into the room to the point you start answering the questions up until the end of the interview, your interviewers can tell how well prepared you were for the interview. Preparation gives you an edge over other applicants. How do you prepare for an interview? There are many ways by which you can prepare and here’s a quick list of the things you can do to prepare:
- Read the job description
- Clarify the things you do not understand
- Research about the company online
- Interview some current employees (if possible)
- Check out your interviewers on LinkedIn
- Read about sample interview questions for the type of position you applied for
- Practice your introduction and response to some of the standard questions ahead of time
Be formally dressed
The way you dress is the way you’ll be addressed. If you want to create a great impression, you should dress formally to your interview unless you receive very specific instructions from your interviewer to do otherwise. Other important things to note about how to dress to an interview include the color of your clothes, the length and style. Lastly, avoid clothes that are revealing or clothes that have low necklines.
Punctuality is the first test of responsibility. In addition to that, punctuality shows you care about the job, that you are a person of honor and that you respect your interviewer.
It is a privilege to be called for an interview and one of the things you can do to show that you are not taking that privilege for granted is by being punctual. Know your route ahead of time. If possible, go through that route before the day of the interview to be sure there are no new detours or roads that did not previously exist.
If your interview will be taking place remotely (by telephone or video), be sure that you have a private room that is free of distraction available to you, ensure that the background is decent and most importantly that you have a clear reception or high-quality internet.
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Turn off your phone
One of the greatest sources of distractions is your cell phone and when you are in an interview, you need to turn off your cell phone or any other personal device that might suddenly make a sound.
Examples include your alarm, your fitness gadgets, and iPod. A sudden beep from any of these types of devices can be highly distracting and embarrassing. The outcome of the interview will shape your future, don’t ruin it with distractions coming from gadgets
Answer the questions
Your interviewer is looking for specific answers so when you are being asked questions, discipline yourself to make sure you answer every question.
Some questions have multiple parts, be sure to write them down and take your time to answer every question as much as you can. Try to strike a balance between giving detailed answers and saying too much just to fill the time.
Give a firm handshake
Have someone ever gave you a firm handshake? What impression did you have of that person? Handshakes are non-verbal gestures that speak volume. From your handshake and body language, people can pick one or two things about who you are, your level of confidence and how affirmative you are. Your interview might shake you at the beginning or the end of the interview. Be prepared for it so the moment does not seem awkward.[Great Read: How to Remain Relevant in a Rapidly-Changing World]
Write a detailed CV
A CV is your curriculum vitae and it is the long form of your resume because it details your experience. Prior to an interview, an interviewer might or might not ask for your CV but no matter what the case is, you should take your CV with you and ensure that you make extra copies for other members of the interview panel. Your CV should be detailed, free of typographical errors and chronological. If you want to take things to the next level, have someone review your CV ahead of time for recommendations.
At the end of your interview, the interview may or may not ask you if you have any questions. Either way, you should ask questions. Asking questions show that you truly care about the job. It also shows thoughtfulness and that you are in the “present”. Think about the questions ahead of time, practice them and then ask those questions without fear. Your interviewer will sure be impressed, and you’ll be one step closer to getting the job!
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