Now that your resume has caught the eye of a hiring manager, the next step is to make a positive first impression during your interview. While it is true that no two interviews are the same, most share characteristics such as the format, type of questions asked and basic skills the interviewer is looking for. This means that regardless of the position you have applied for, you can practice essential interviewing skills. Get familiar with analysis, communication and body language to ensure your meeting is a success.
The key to gaining the trust of your potential employer is to exude confidence during the job interview. This can be displayed through appropriate use of body language, such as maintaining eye contact while speaking, using a firm grip when shaking hands with the interviewer and maintaining proper posture. Avoid crossing your arms, slouching, tapping your fingers or any other such behaviors that are associated with shyness or nervousness.
Analyze Each Question
Pay close attention to each question and thoroughly analyze what information the interviewer is looking for. Before you respond, give careful thought as to not only the strengths that are showcased in your answer, but also any weaknesses that may inadvertently be highlighted. It can also be helpful to break down more complex questions to ensure each component is addressed. This is particularly true during structured behavioral interviews when you are asked experience-based questions that require a great deal of detail when describing situations, action plans and outcomes.
Relate Your Experience to the Job
As you are answering questions, keep in mind that the interviewer is ultimately checking to see what skills or experience you have that are directly related to the position for which you have applied. Try to incorporate relevant examples in your responses of tasks you have performed that are similar to responsibilities required of your potential new role. For example, a human resources applicant might describe her experience administering multiple employee wellness and benefits events, as opposed to her previous restaurant experience when asked to describe her multitasking skills.
Communicate Your Response
Although you may, in fact, be the most qualified candidate for the job, the only way to demonstrate this to the hiring manager is through clear and concise communication. It is better to take your time to think of the most appropriate example of your work experience to fit the question that is asked rather than spit out the first thought that comes to mind. Care should also be taken to choose your words carefully so that you are painting as accurate a picture as possible of the situation you are trying to describe.
Article and Image sourced from work.chron.com July 22nd, 2014