The Secrets of Successful Job Interviews
Are you going to a job interview? Congratulations! But you are not hired just yet. The good news, however, is that interviewing skills can be learned. Let me share with you the secrets of successful job interviews:
Be charming. In the time of online hiring, the job search is more competitive than ever. The recruiters read hundreds of CV-s and meet dozens of highly qualified candidates. So it is likely that they won’t remember a lot about you unless you make an impression. How to charm them? First of all, watch your body language. I know it is a stressful situation but smile, stand straight and make eye contact. A firm handshake is also welcomed. It’s the sign of self-confidence, and self-confident people are likable. But be careful not to overcome as arrogant. After all, there is no second first impression.
Research the company. In the 21st century when you find everything and anything online, it is a must. I know, most of us apply to several different jobs at the same time. But, it is worth the effort.
First of all, you don’t want any job. You want the right job. Don’t risk to become one of those who start 5 days of a week with: ‘Oh, I have to go to work again’. Make sure before the interview … or even better, before applying for the job, that you would enjoy the work. Remember, we spend 8 to 10 hours at work each work day.
And then there is the issue of showing interest. If you are visibly interested in the vacancy and the company, the recruiters will also show interest in you. It sounds too good to be true? Well, think again. If you make your homework and research the company, you will know which of your skills and experiences to emphasize. It will help you to connect with the recruiters and you get a chance to stand out and be memorable. It is as simple as that.
Don’t talk yourself out of the job. Some of us tend to talk too much in stressful situations just to avoid the awkward silence. Well, we have to learn to finish our sentences. A somewhat shorter, straight-to-the-point answer to the recruiter’s question gives the impression that you are calm, collected and prepared. Not a bad image to create.
Ask questions. Don’t be misled by the phrase: ‘job interview’. It is more like a meeting than an interview. Sure, you will have to answer some questions, but you are more than welcomed to ask questions yourself. After all, even if you made your research, it is the best way to find out if this is the right job for you. But remember, they are the recruiters and you are the candidate. Be polite and never too familiar.
Ask for the job. It is a common mistake not to ask for the job. Towards the end of the job interview, you will probably have a clear cut image of what would be expected of you in case you get hired. If you still want the job, let the recruiter know that you are thrilled with the opportunity and you would like to be part of their team.
Practice makes the perfect interview. Obvious, isn’t it? If a pianist wants to be outstanding, he will have to practice. It is the same with you and your interviewing skills. Practice in front of a mirror or ask one of your friends to play the role of the interviewer. If you take it seriously, it will help you immensely to be more self-confident when you are standing face-to-face with the real interviewer.
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