The word “interview” may be scary to many candidates out there. I’ll be the first to admit that it used to scare me more than the word “exam.” However, I was able to get over my fear by having these five things in an interview. Trust me, once you master these five things during the interview, you might just be counting down the days until your next one.
Picture this from your perspective. You walk into a room as an interviewee and the hiring manager is sitting there with a blank look on his face. He seems disinterested and unhappy right away. Now imagine if that was the way you looked. Not the best way to start off an interview.
As soon as you walk through the company’s doors, make sure you greet everyone you meet with a smile. Whether it’s the receptionist or the CEO, make sure your cheeks hurt at the end of the interview. Not only will it help you stay in a positive mindset, but it will also help you look interested and prepared for the interview, which may set you apart from other candidates.
Confidence and smiling go hand-in-hand, and when paired together, they make an unstoppable force. Before your interview, do your research and practice. Be confident in not only your interview answers when you’re asked a question, but be confident in knowing as much about the company as possible.
When talking about yourself, bring the hype! You’re obviously there for a reason, so take advantage of this time to talk about yourself. Talk about your accomplishments and what you’ve learned from your failures. This will show the company that you have 100% confidence in yourself for the position, which is surprisingly rare in a candidate.
When I say presentation, I’m talking about the way you present yourself on the outside. This will take the most time out of all four, but trust me when I say it is SO worth it. Ever heard the phrase, “Look good, feel good, test good”? It’s something that gets thrown around as a joke, but it’s totally true! And it is 100% applicable to interviews. When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll interview good.
Take the extra time on your hair and polish those shoes. Spend the night before your interview trying on different variations of your professional attire. Just like the interview itself, looking good for it takes some thought. Make sure you don’t skimp yourself on this one. Remember, it’s never a bad thing to be the best-dressed person in a room.
One of the most awkward things I have ever experienced was in my very first professional interview. The interviewer had finished asking me questions and asked me if I had any. All I said was “no.” As you can probably guess I didn’t get the job, but it was a HUGE learning experience.
Come to an interview loaded with questions. Have a few in your back pocket, and try to think of some questions based off of what your interviewer tells you. In most cases, there is usually never such a thing as too many questions, so fire away! Just make sure you keep them relevant to the interviewer, the company, and the position.
I know you’re thinking I’m crazy for saying this, but before you do, just think about it. When are you at your best? Is it when you’re doing something you love or something you despise? I’ll go out on a limb here and say it’s the former.
When you’re doing something fun, you’re being the best you that you can be, and at the end of the day, that’s what you want to show the company you’re interviewing with. If you have a little fun at your next interview, I’ll bet you will come out of it feeling much better. More of your personality will show, and it will help you enjoy the interview more – both of which can only harbor positive results.
Not too complicated, right? The next time you’re stressing out over an interview, stop and ask yourself if you do these things during one. Even if you don’t incorporate all five into your next interview, you can still have one or two. This will make your chances of a successful interview much better!