Despite all the energy that job seekers typically pour into pre-interview preparation, most of what you’ve learned will likely fly out the window as soon as you walk into the meeting room and shake hands with the hiring manager. While the time you spend on pre-interview preparation is always beneficial in the end, it’s easy to get carried away with overly complex strategies and systems that are too vague to really come in handy when push comes to shove.
So here are some things to remember while going for an interview-
Arrive earlyGet reliable directions the night before, and do everything in your power to show up ten minutes before your scheduled appointment. Nothing says “unprofessional” like being late to your first interview!
Make a good first impressionThe right attitude is equal parts warmth, politeness, humble gratitude, sincerity, and enthusiasm. Lavish your full attention on everyone you encounter at the interview site, from the parking attendant to the receptionist. Greet your interviewer with a big smile and a firm handshake.
Sell yourselfSure, the hiring manager has had a chance to look over your application materials, but you can’t rely on your resume to help you land the job. They need to know exactly how you can help this organization succeed. Make the most compelling, persuasive case for yourself that you can muster.
Keep tabs on your body languageIt’s important to relax, but don’t let yourself get too comfortable. Maintain good posture and eye contact, keep your gestures limited and controlled and try to eliminate nervous tics. Avoid negativity and stay positive at all times. If you have to describe a negative situation, frame it in the most diplomatic way possible.
Speak professionallyTry to sound like you’re a natural for the job. Avoid immature sounding speaking patterns, such as peppering your speech with too many “likes” and tilting the end of your sentences up so they sound like questions instead of statements.
Show what you knowYou’ve done your research, so don’t forget to show it off. Work a few key facts about the company into your answers in a natural way. Also, if you have experience in the field, don’t be afraid to use a few technical terms if the discussion turns to shop talk.
Ask smart questionsCome prepared with a few good questions about the position and your responsibilities. Also, you can highlight your ability to analyze and think quickly on your feet by posing questions about key issues that emerge during the interview.
End on a high noteGo out the same way you came in— with a big smile and a firm handshake. Add sincere thanks for your hiring manager’s time and consideration and don’t forget to ask about the next step in the hiring process before you make your exit.
Written by Pragati Jain
Grew up in Indore, M.P. I am pursuing B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Medi-Caps Indore. I love writing, sports and playing piano.