Following the time that you will have put into preparing for your interview, it is now in your hands to make sure of an effective delivery. There are things to make sure that you keep in mind throughout your interview which, if done correctly, will help you to deliver in the most effective way:
They say that a first impression is made within the first 60 seconds of meeting someone, use your time wisely. A key activity at the start of a job interview is a confident handshake that accurately depicts your personality. This isn’t to say that it should be so hard or soft, but just right so as not to be viewed negatively. You may find yourself on a short walk to the room where you will be interviewed, try not to leave the time silent by engaging in some small talk. Remember, you want the impression that you leave to be that you are employable, reliable, trustworthy and competent, which is straight forward to achieve.
Know your career
You will likely be asked to talk through your career or your CV so it is important that you know your career inside and out. You will be expected to know, in detail, what the duties and responsibilities of your jobs have been and be able to confidently talk through these. As well as this you should be aware of your achievements, this is even more important than duties as it is the actual proof that you not only follow your duties but excel in them. It is almost certain that you will be asked for your reasons for leaving positions.
Understand your reasons for leaving
Knowing your reasons and motivations for leaving your previous positions is important to both you and the interviewer. They will want to understand what will keep you in their job, and you will also want to know that you will want to stay in the job. In order that you portray this accurately, you should be honest but equally, keep certain things in mind:
- Negativity – interviewers don’t like to hear you say negative things about your previous employer or manager. Instead, stick to the facts and avoid negative opinions.
- Consistency – ensure that you stay consistent with the reason that you have given. Sometimes you may say a reason thinking that it sounds good, but if that wasn’t the real reason you will end up reverting back to the conversation which could cause confusion to you interviewer.
- Consideration – think about the impact that your reason for leaving would have on the job that you are interviewing for. For instance, if you left as it was taking too long to earn a commission but you are interviewing for a sales role this could show lack of commitment.
Everyone is entitled to apply for new jobs whenever they want and for whatever reasons they want. Your reasons will be justified and so use this approach to portray them accurately.
Plan your questions
Ensure that you don’t get to the stage in an interview when you are asked what questions you have and have none. You should have lots of questions, you should have researched the business you want to work for and should have things that you want to know before committing everything to it. Don’t try hard to think of questions, if you approach your interview preparation in the correct way, questions should just come along the way. Feel free to note them down and take them with you, but make sure they are relevant to what you will be doing.
Be ready to read reactions
Sometimes you will be able to read your interviewer like an open book, others not at all. You will need to understand the reactions that you are receiving to the answers you are giving and react to this helping to do the following:
- Answer follow up questions in a positive manner
- Ask questions that are relevant to the interview
- Close the interview effectively
Consider a close
Closes are not for everyone and sometimes those that think it is for them offer the worst closes. The point of the close is to gain commitment or give you one last opportunity to convince your interviewer that you are the one for them. Use your time to gain commitment as to when you will hear, or enquire as to if you have left them with any concerns or uncertainties. Whatever your character, stick to it, don’t try and do something which is beyond your comfort zone, instead stick within your capabilities and make sure that this is also a reflection of the way the rest of the interview went.
Dependent upon how you ended up getting to your interview, follow-up on it. You could be following up through your recruitment agency or through an internal recruitment team among other routes. It is worth sending an email to thank them for their time and pass on your feedback as to how you felt the interview went , sharing your ongoing interest in the role. If you think that the interview wasn’t your best effort, this is your chance to identify it and potentially allow the interviewer to take that into account as a part of their feedback.
Few people love an interview! Interviews put you outside of your comfort zone for something that you really want. Consider the way in which you portray yourself throughout and do what you can to make sure that this is the way in which you want to be portrayed.
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Contributor: Tristan Law