Getting your resume to stand out is half the battle. But if you’re selected to interview for the position, you want to focus on making a memorable and good impression, and the kind that sets you apart from the other applicants. If you’re getting ready for an upcoming job interview, the following tips can help:
There are several frequently asked interview questions that many hiring managers will ask, so it’s a good idea to find out what some of those common interview questions are, and practice how you would answer. Websites like GlassDoor.com are also very helpful for finding out what specific companies commonly ask during their interviews; previous interviewees anonymously submit questions. Practicing before your interview can be a big help, so long as you don’t sound too rehearsed.
First impressions are important
Remember that you only get one chance at a first impression, so you’ll want to make it count. There are no excuses for being even just a minute late for your interview, and it’s one of the easiest ways to ruin your chances at the job before the interview even begins. Plan to arrive 30 minutes or even an hour before your scheduled interview time so that if you do come across some unexpected traffic or you get lost, you’ll still be on time. If all goes smoothly and you arrive extra early, take the time to prepare for your interview in your car.
Once you meet the interviewer, be sure to smile, offer a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact. You want to have an overall pleasant attitude, while also showing enthusiasm and confidence.
Take note of your body language
Be aware of your body language throughout your interview, as poor body language can send the message that you’re not that interested in the position or what the interviewer is saying. Don’t look too relaxed or slouch, but at the same time, you don’t want to look extremely tense or be fidgeting. Be comfortable, but also sit up straight the entire time and maintain good posture.
Hiring managers expect that the candidates they are interviewing will be a little nervous—it’s only natural. But if it shows and you appear overly anxious, it might send the message that you don’t have confidence in yourself or your qualifications. This can especially be a deal breaker if you’re interviewing for a job that is demanding and stressful.
Don’t go on tangents
Answer the questions you’re asked, but make your answers concise and don’t ramble. If your interviewer has other appointments coming up, this can be aggravating to them, as it can just make the interview drag on a lot longer than it should. Additionally, if you go on tangents, it can seem as though you don’t understand what you were asked or you’re trying to avoid the question altogether.