He releases you from the interview and as you go back home, you slap yourself, wondering, “Why did I say that?” The damage is done. You never hear back. And the opportunity goes to someone who’s CV wasn’t as impressive as yours but unknown to you, that person had polished job interview skills.
If only you knew the right things to do. If only you knew the right words to say and how to compose yourself after you got stumped… you could have landed the job.
Here are some essential tips to help you prepare effectively.
Tip 1: Be Polite And Manage Your Nerves
Nothing on earth can prevent you feeling what you feel but if you have a framework of good manners, if you look good and are well-prepared, if you know how to behave and have practiced this situation, then all you need to manage your physical and emotional feeling is to “Calm yourself down a little, by breathing a little more deeply and getting your attention off your mind, through your body and out into the room.
- Consciously slow your speech and deepen voice tone early in the interview at the more formal part; you van lighten up later when rapport has been established.
- Follow their lead on matters of etiquette; don’t rush into the coffee; be sure to acknowledge everyone in the room; no need to be obsequious.
Tip 2: Be Prepared and stay Professional
Depending on the skill of the interview(s) the warm up period may be just passing time and you may get some trivial but unexpected questions.
As things proceed there could be any number of interviewing styles deployed and whatever happens your beat strategy is to remain resolutely the profession you are.
- Watch out for really indulgent interviewers who encourage your negative traits and give you enough rope to hang yourself; never start swearing, criticising or giving away secrets or your present employer
- ALWAYS stay with this truth: it is not the question that matters, nor is it your answer; it is what is behind the question and what the answer reveals about you
- Be ready for relative trivia like “What’s your idea of a great weekend” or unexpected openers: “Why do you like the look of this job”
- Prepare answers to any trick question you foile think of, things like “Why do you want to leave your present job” and “What are your worst weaknesses ”
- In moments of temporary confusion you can ask them what is behind a particular question, “Could you clarify what you’d like to learn here”
- Aggressive interviewers are probably just acting and looking for your response; staying calm and professional will impress them the most and if they really do try to belittle you take the initiative with a counter question of your own
- Do not try out any manipulation techniques you learned in sales training or elsewhere; many interviewers have been trained to notice and counter these and some organizations will immediately reject you
Tip 3: Leave a Positive final impression
The way you say goodbye can leave a good impression for when they about you afterwards.
Make sure that your handshake and smile are really warm and say something about how stimulating you found the interview.
If in these final word you can include some brilliant phrase that summarizes the path of the interview, again without leaning too hard on their patience, then that would be in your favour too.
Maybe something such as “I really like your plan for the new product rollout strategy; it’s just kind of thing I have been working towards in the last two years…” they might, after you leave, be scoring the interview to help them distinguish each candidate; a memorable or comment helps them to do thay – and it doesn’t have to be spectacular.
Tip 4: You do not need to send “Thank You Letters”
In a world of automation and sophistication when you are dealing with trained, experienced and professional recruiters – it is dumb to believe that you will actually persuade them to select you instead if a better candidate simply because you have good manners.
If you are close to being recruited, you might just make the judgement call that a letter to jog their memory would be useful and show strength of interest. If so, send it by email and kepp it incredibly brief.