Interviews can be nerve-racking for even the most confident professional. There’s the awkwardness of trying to sell yourself to a total stranger, the nagging dread that if it doesn’t go well, you’ll either be stuck in your current job or continue to be unemployed.
You need to be the best you can be in all aspects. If someone is better then you, you lose. It is as simple as that. There is no “trick” in this. You just have to be as good as you can and the recruiter will decide if that’s good enough.
We recommend making all these 6 smart moves to scale that interview, and actually pick the job!
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but being punctual should be priority — especially when eyeing your dream job. So no matter how many times you must heard it, it’s worth mentioning again: Be there on time.
It’s fine to get there an hour early, then find a quiet spot to sit, refresh your notes, or whatever you wish up to do before your scheduled time. Most times, being a little early shows eagerness and it’s professional.
And if for any reason, you’re running late, call to inform your interviewer(s). That’s more effective than offering up some lame excuse after keeping them waiting.
Dress the part
We’d all like to think our resume speaks louder than how we look, but it won’t hurt to look neat. When you show up, your appearance should exude confidence and a sense of professionalism.
Nowadays, some companies have relaxed dress codes, and your appearance may not necessarily affect the interviewer’s final decision. But what you wear during the interview process remains very important.
Stick to formal business dress. For guys, trimmed hair, a well-ironed full sleeve shirt (preferably plain white or light), dark trousers, and polished shoes would do. Accessories like a tie and/or Jacket, depending upon the position and the local norms can also be considered. For ladies, a moderately formal dress is okay.
Be certain that, within the first few minutes of your interview, your interviewer will ask for a copy of your updated resume or other documents. You don’t want to seen digging through your bag for a mangled resume.
Before any interview, you should go through the company’s website to know the technologies, applications, sectors, types of services/products the company is engaged in. You should also preferably know who are the top 1-2 people of the company, its sales turnover, number of employees, and other relevant information.
Be sure that everything you need is neatly organized and readily accessible: The less you have to shuffle through your bag, the better.
Keep your phone away
You know that natural tendency to pull out your phone? We all have it, sometimes. But instead, take that time to look over your resume and go over likely interview questions again. That way, when your interviewer shows up, you won’t be caught off guard, trying to shut down Instagram and BBM.
Before the interview, double-check your phone to make sure that it is on airplane mode or turned off . There is no excuse for an interruption. If for some reason your phone rings, reject the call and apologize.
The only exception would be a case of an emergency. If that is the case, ask to be excused,leave the room, finish the call and explain to the interviewer on what that was all about.. If the interviewer has a problem with that, then know this person is very inflexible and you would probably not enjoy working there.
Make the first move
As a guest at your potential employer’s office, you probably expect that they’ll make the first move when it comes to introductions.
And while that may be true, don’t be afraid to extend your hand first for that introductory handshake. With just that small gesture, you’re conveying that you’re excited to be there, confident, and self-assured.
The key, though, is not to try to do anything unusual to impress the interviewers. If you try to do something unusual, then it may look a bit odd and may work against you.
Make a solid impression
Solidify your suitability for the job role by making a connection with the interviewer or panel. Remember that sometimes, the most silent or unimpressive person in a panel is the most important person. Only candidates who are liked are selected by the panel members.
You have to connect with your interviewer(s). It doesn’t have to be something outlandish —just some conversation that will create a this-may-just-be-it kind of vibe for your interviewer(s).
Maybe that award plague hanging on the office wall sparks can spark off a conversation that will lead to a connection.
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