Interviews are stress-filled affairs. As a job candidate, you are trying to make a good impression, to sell yourself to an employer. You are trying to manage several things at once – your body language, your verbal responses, your demeanor. You are trying to project an air of confidence even though you are probably filled with anxiety.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the most of your job interview.
1. Get a good night’s sleep.
A job interview is like taking a big exam. You are going to have butterflies the night before. But you need to get enough rest so you will be alert and energetic the next day. Calm yourself by noting that you have done all that you could to prepare, that you are ready, and that rest is the thing that will help you the most for the next day. Try to get at least seven hours.
2. Think positive
You want to project an air of confidence, and you won’t be able to do that if you are thinking about all that could go wrong.
3. Dress well.
Put on your best suit. You want to look professional. Dressing well will also help to give you added confidence.
4. Don’t be late.
This is a must. Being late for the interview could even cost you the job. Make sure you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Check and double check the route to make sure you give yourself enough time.
5. Watch you body language.
Don’t neglect this. It is actually as important as what you say. The interviewer will be watching how you act and move. That means sitting up straight and avoiding actions like fidgeting.
This is important to in projecting an image of confidence and friendliness and interest. It will help you to connect with the interviewer.
7. Shake hands and introduce yourself.
Shake hands firmly – this sends a signal as well. Doing these actions first also shows confidence and a take-charge attitude.
8. Make eye contact.
Also important. It shows confidence, honesty, and trustworthiness. Just think how someone appears if they refuse to look directly at you when conversing, or look down at the ground. That doesn’t make a good impression at all.
9. Research, and have questions.
This is by now common knowledge among job seekers. You need to research the company, the job you are applying for, and the interviewer. Jot down a few bullet points on a notecard for reference if you get flustered.
Also, make sure you have questions about the job prepared. Not having questions makes it seem like you are unprepared and not all that interested in the job.
10. Exit well.
Make sure to thank the interviewer. Shake hands again firmly and be sure to make eye contact.
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