The Big Day- Some tips to be the best version of YOU in a job interview!
- Be prepared. Know where you are going so you do not arrive late and do an internet search on the company so you are better positioned to answer questions from the interview panel.
- Dress appropriately. When in doubt, stick with conservative comfortable clothing.
- Remember the importance of eye contact and positive body language – i.e. avoid sitting with your arms folded.
- Refer to the interviewees by name when possible
- Answer the questions posed to you honestly and in depth. Avoid monosyllabic answers.
- Anticipate likely questions such as: What are your strengths, weaknesses and/or goals?
- Do not open discussions on salary unless invited to do so. Be realistic in the salary you are requesting.
- Always thank the interview panel for their time and ask when you can expect a decision.
How to Impress During That Job Interview
You have been invited for an interview. Now, you have the opportunity to market yourself in person. This is your time to impress the interviewer in an attempt to secure the job at hand.
By arriving on time for your interview you are not only showing the interviewer you respect their time but that you are able to manager your own diary. If you expect delays or hitches make sure you leave with plenty of time to spare. I know many interviewers who will refuse you the interview should you arrive late.
Dress for Success:
By doing your on line research you will have an idea of the culture of the company. Be sure to dress appropriately. If you are unsure stick to something conservative ensuring that the items of clothing you wear are clean and neatly pressed.
Be Prepared to answer common interview questions:
Be ready to answer questions pertaining to your strengths, weaknesses, career goals, personal attributes, qualifications and achievements. This is your opportunity to ‘sell’ yourself and convince the interviewer you are the right candidate for the job.
Have questions you wish to ask:
It is common practice for the interviewer or panel to give you an opportunity to ask questions. Do some research about the company and consider a few questions that you would like to put to the panel. Avoid asking about salary and benefits during the first interview unless raised by the interviewer.
Be Positive about past employers:
Even if you had a rough time in your last place of employment, be sure not to criticize your past boss and or company. This does not bode well. Speak of past companies with respect.
Clean up your Social Profiles:
Your social media profiles are not entirely private and sit on a public domain. Employers may well refer to these profiles as part of the checking process. Ensure these profiles project the image you would want a prospective employer to see.
Be interested in the dialogue that takes place during the interview. Engage in conversation and think carefully before your answer questions.
Be enthusiastic, not desperate:
Even if you are desperate for the position, do not make it obvious. Be honest about your personal situation but avoid being emotional about how desperate your current situation may be.Even if you are desperate for the position, do not make it obvious. Click To Tweet
Prospective employers will check your employment record. Do not misrepresent the facts in anyway whatsoever. You will be caught out.
Treat every interview as though it is your first.
If you are invited back for a second interview, maintain the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Yours in Personnel
Post-interview analysis: How to tell how great you were
Wouldn’t it be great if after your interview the hiring manager rated your performance and handed you a piece of paper as you walked out the door?There are ways in which you can review your interview performance. Click To Tweet
Although that’s wishful thinking, there are ways in which you can review your interview performance so you can get an impression of how you did.
Taking a look back at your performance will enable you to identify your shortcomings, so you don’t repeat the same mistakes again. Even if you think the interview went well, noting where you were great will help you learn your strengths and weaknesses.
Were you present in the interview?
Instead of worrying about the potential competition (and overselling yourself), did you focus on engaging the interviewer? A good thing to keep in mind is that the main reason why the company called you in for an interview is because they really thought you are pretty great. So be present and trust yourself.
Did you have good energy?
In other words, were you interesting? Did you convey a genuine passion towards something? An easy way to achieve this is to engage the interviewer in a conversation and talk about what you’re passionate about. Whether you’re interested in something related to the company, or something a little different, if you can show a little sparkle to the interviewer, he/she will be sold.
What message did your body language convey?
From keeping eye contact to how you hold your posture, the truth is your body language can give off more signals than you think. Therefore, if you sat up straight, met the interviewer’s eyes as you spoke and showed confidence in who you are and what you have to offer, it’s a good sign.
Do you have a sense of who you are?
Just like how you want to work in a dynamic team that inspires you, the interviewer wants to see whether you’re pleasant to work with. He/she is essentially looking for someone who will take initiative without being asked, and look for solutions rather than creating more problems.
Can you be trusted?
Some people think that in order to get hired, they need to lie in the job interview. Although lying sometimes works, it’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem. But if you just do your best to be yourself and answer honestly, you’ll leave the interviewer with an impression that you can be trusted.
Did you leave the interview with some real life stories?
Real life experiences show the interviewer that you’re able to accomplish or solve problems. Sharing a good positive story will leave a long-lasting memory.
An important point to remember is that after an interview what the interviewer is left with is an entire impression of the interview, which has a greater impact than your individual questions and answers. The more you can be comfortable and be yourself, the greater the whole interview will be than the bits and pieces.
Why Don’t You Move On After Interviewing?
Today I was speaking with my friend “Rachel” who had a great job interview 4 weeks ago. The employer said they will get in touch, but Rachel has not yet heard anything, and was upset. Rachel was expecting to know about the outcome of the interview, and the long wait was causing her frustration and pain.
Today, how many of us are like Rachel, wondering and waiting to know the outcome of the interview? Many of us have felt the same pain. The interview is over, but for the candidate there’s no closure. Thoughts keep on lingering in our minds sapping our energy. Time passes us by. Days! Weeks! Months! This waiting period is certainly a frustrating period.Employers are increasingly not bothered to get back to candidates even after an interview. Click To Tweet
Employers are increasingly not bothered to get back to candidates even after an interview. Questions like “How was my interview?” “What went wrong?” land a crushing blow on the mental health of the candidates.
Is there any gain from agonizing, waiting, wondering and letting it taking the space of your mind?
My advice is, it’s best to move on, the moment you are done with personal interview. If the company calls that’s wonderful, else you have already moved on.
Here I outline three important steps one can take:
- Remember every company has different recruitment process. There is no hard and fast rule that the company will respond after these many days. Some take weeks or months. However I assume that silence after 6 weeks or so mean “no”. There are exceptions; sometimes the company may even call after 3 – 6 months.
- Move on as soon as you are done with interview. Don’t keep thinking, it just means to accept the reality and keep moving on.
- Continue to apply for other jobs while waiting for the response. This way you are protecting yourself even if the initial company says no.
Interview is an important step in our professional life today. People spend a lot of time for preparing and appearing for an interview, and when it’s over, they eagerly await the outcome. Realistically candidates keep on waiting for days, weeks and months to know about the closure of their interview. Is it too much to ask for?
I feel the minimum gesture a company owes to the interviewed candidate who did not get the job, is closure of the interview, informing the candidates that the position has been filled. It is smallest but most important token of valuing people and building positive relationships.Interview is an important step in our professional life today. Click To Tweet
I feel the HR function needs to be more responsible, but today it’s vice versa. I see candidates following up with the HR people to know about the outcome. How can we forget that HR can bring a great transformation, and give that HUMAN touch. Such thoughtfulness can bring back human relations in work place.
An interview is the first meeting point of the candidates and the company, and HR is the bridge between the two. This Human Resource Bridge needs to strengthen human relations. A timely closure after an interview will create a positive experience of the company. This positive experience will stay with the candidate despite them not being selected for the job. This in turn will build the brand image of the company.
Article by Swapna Peter
Courtesy of Careers24