So, you’ve applied for the job, impressed the employer and been invited for an interview – well done, you! But the hard work has only just begun. Now is the time you really have to make an impression to show yourself off as the very best candidate for the job.
In this guide, we’re going to look at some helpful skills you can use within your interview to boost your chances of securing the job:
Dress for the job
There are very few companies which are fine with candidates rocking up to an interview in whatever outfit they see fit. The way you dress instantly gives an impression of you, so it needs to be the right match for the company. It’s important to get a feel of the company culture and how they expect their employees to dress. Show that you take pride in your appearance and are keen to please the interviewer. Ensure you don’t wear jeans to any interview. A smart but casual company would still expect you to dress smart to the interview.
Don’t be too familiar
While it’s important to show an air of confidence, energy and interest within your interview, don’t overstep the line and become too friendly. You’re being interviewed as an employee – not a buddy. Therefore, if you feel yourself getting too familiar with the interviewer, try and reign it in and keep a level head.
Don’t talk too much
Talking to the interviewer without any sense of direction could be a major mistake. You’re there to be questioned on specific pointers, so don’t start rambling.
Preparing your answers for potential questions ahead of time could prevent you from getting in a muddle and talking yourself out of the job.
Another crucial tip is to listen intently. From the start of the discussion, the interviewer will be giving you vital information that needs to be taken on board; whether that be about the company or step-by-step instructions to complete a task. Show that you have acknowledged their claims by communicating a response. This proves that you are capable of understanding and retaining information, which is a key skill in any workplace.
Use appropriate language
It’s no surprise that you should be using appropriate language within an interview, this means no swearing! You may find that the interviewer swears but try not to do so in return.
Also, refrain from topics that could impact your chances of getting hired including the likes of race, religion and politics for example.
What’s more, you should also have researched and aim to use key terms and phrases that are specific to the desired job role as this proves your expertise and suitability for the position.
Have the right body language
Your body language says a lot about you as a person, therefore, your aim should be to demonstrate confidence through non-verbal communication which sets you off on the right foot. This includes a firm handshake, good eye contact, a straight posture and speaking clearly. These small but crucial factors could make the difference between securing the job and being shown the door.
If you have been asked to attend an interview very shortly, we hope this guide has given you some helpful hints to take on board. If you need some further tips, we have plenty of articles on how to get noticed or you can contact us about any of our services.