Interview Techniques – The 6 Be’s For a Successful Interview
It’s no secret that a job interview is one of the most nerve racking and stressful meetings you’ll have but with a little preparation and a bit of practice, you’ll walk into the room with a level of confidence your potential employer is sure to notice.
While many websites and books state the obvious job interview techniques and tips like “Don’t be late” and “Dress appropriately” we’ve compiled a list of the most realistic and effective techniques and suggestions for a successful interview:
1) Be Prepared – do some research on the company you’ve applied to and the position they are looking to fill. This way you can better target your previous accomplishments toward the company’s needs and requirements.
Look up their website and get acquainted with what they do, the company structure, recent news and their products and services. Review the position you’ve applied for and the employer’s requirements and review your own strengths and weaknesses to identify where you can add value.
2) Be Poised – don’t fidget or let your nerves show… listen carefully, watch your body language and make sure you keep eye contact with the person interviewing you. Breaking eye contact due to nerves can easily be misinterpreted.
3) Be Yourself – stay professional and speak clearly with enthusiasm, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through!
4) Be Positive – if you are asked questions about a previous employer, job role or education, don’t make excuses or give any negative comments. Focus instead on the facts and relate any lessons you may have learnt from your experiences.
5) Be Responsive – practice before your interview by role playing with a friend or family member. This helps you present your answers and converse with your employer more concisely and confidently. Make sure your answers and information are relevant to your potential employer’s company and their needs.
6) Be Adaptable – take note of the interviewer’s manner and style and if possible, mirror him or her so you easily build rapport with them and encourage them to share more information about their company.
At the end of your interview, thank the interviewer and re-affirm your interest in the position even if you feel that it’s not for you. Your feelings may change afterward.
Ask the interviewer for a card and an indication of the timeframe in which they will reach their decision.
Something not too many applicants do, is follow up the interview with a thank you letter or email and a day or so later, a phone call. This serves to remind the interviewer of your strengths and abilities and can often help them to reach a decision.
Usually you’re given some kind of notice for an interview, so make good use of that time to prepare for a successful interview.
Go get em and good luck!