A job interview is often your first opportunity to present yourself to a company, so you want to bring out the best in you. Time to impress your future employers with your experience and personality!
In addition to having good answers to the interviewer’s questions and dressing appropriately, you also need to consider the…
1. Your “likability” factor
For obvious reasons, people want to hire people they like and think they can work with. So how likable you are is an important factor in the interview/hiring process.
Employers want to know if you fit into their employee “tribe.” They don’t want to throw away their company culture by hiring the wrong person.
Take steps to build rapport with the interviewer and meet people from within the company. If you’ve already connected with some employees on LinkedIn, you’ll stand out in the hiring process even before you even get to the interview.
2. Your ability to communicate ideas effectively
When answering interview questions, it’s important to express your thoughts clearly and confidently. Otherwise, you may appear unprepared or unconfident.
In a job interview, speak concisely and project confidence. This is especially important when answering behavioral interview questions.
But remember, you want to come across as confident and humble, not overconfident and arrogant. The best way to do this is to follow the model of “experience + learning = growth”. Learning how to use this framework to answer interview questions will help you effectively communicate why you are a good fit for the position, both in terms of experience and personality.
3. Your body language
Communication is not limited to words. You also need to pay attention to your body language. If you fidget, spin around in your chair, slouch, or fail to make eye contact with the interviewer, it can make you appear unconfident or even untrustworthy.
Conducting mock interviews with trusted colleagues is a great way to practice your answers to interview questions and perfect your body language. Are you sitting up straight? Are you making enough eye contact?
Your mock interviewer can give you feedback on what the job will look like so your body language doesn’t send the wrong message on the big day.
So, pay attention! Don’t waste this valuable opportunity to impress potential employers. Make sure you know what you’re doing when you go to a job interview!
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