You hear your phone ring making you jump, you look at your phone and it’s a number you don’t know. Your heart starts to race wondering if it’s someone calling to set a job interview up that you have been desperately waiting for. You answer the phone and the person on the other end of the phone asks “May I please speak to…(add your name here)?”
After the initial start of the conversation you’re setting up a time to go in for an interview. You are ecstatic with joy when you hang up the phone, but after the adrenaline wears off you start to feel awful, just sick to your stomach.
Then you starting worrying about how to rock your interview to get the job.
Worrying about the interview is a natural feeling since how you answer and present yourself in the interview shows the interviewer who you are, and you only get one shot. How you present yourself to the interviewer is the most important part of the interview.
You want to be confident in yourself without coming off too conceited. Killing the interview can also increase your chances of getting a higher pay for the position then what the job was going to originally pay, which can be a huge bonus for you.
A tip that you will hear from everyone is practice, practice, and practice your interview, going over your main points, and learning how to sell yourself without pausing or repeating words.
The best way to do this is practice with your friend or significant other asking you questions that you believe would be asked in the interview. They will hear if you’re pausing too much or repeating certain words, letting you know so you will be more mindful about how you talk, and making you notice when you do these natural nervous ticks.
When entering a room with the interviewer always walk up to them and shake their hand, using a firm hand grip while keeping eye contact with the interviewer.
After introductions always sit forward to show you are interested in the interview and not bored, it also shows respect. Laying back is one of the worst things you could do in an interview, it shows you don’t care, and it is disrespectful to the interviewer.
Many people have missed out on a great job because of laying back in their chair, even though they looked amazing on paper, they just didn’t show the interviewer the respect that he wanted to see.
Keeping eye contact is also important, especially when answering questions to show you are being truthful.
Dressing for success is important as well, numerous people don’t live by this rule with this day in age, mainly because companies are moving more toward a casual business dress code, but it is still something I believe can always help in an interview.
I always live with the quote ‘dress for the job you want, not the one you have’ since it shows you want to be professional and are looking to be promoted, not just to get a job to pay the bills, that’s the reason everyone has a job so you don’t want the interviewer to think that about you.
Following these few tips can help you feel more confident going into an interview and increasing your chances of getting the job, and eventually the job of your dreams.