An interview may be one of the most stressful moments in life, and with a very short time to convince your potential employer that you’re the “perfect fit”. Fortunately there are many things you can do to knock your interview out of the ballpark, and come across as a self-assured �?ball player’!
Whether you’ve just landed your first post-college interview, or you’re about to head off to your dream job interview, here’s what you need to know so that you can impress them with your knowledge, talent and professionalism. Use each one of these tips to increase your confidence, and they may tempted to hire you on the spot!
Make a List of All Possible Interview Questions + Answers
One of the hardest things about the interview process is not knowing what you’re going to be asked, and the pressure of pulling out the perfect answer on the spot. Preparation for your interview is vital, and this can be done by making a list of the many classic interview questions and a few to-the-point responses for each one. Make a list of everything from “What are your greatest skills,” to “How did you handle a disgruntled customer in your past?” Make a list of your biggest selling points, and your highlights that are relevant to your desired position, and you can increase your confidence to accomplish the very best interview of your life.
Use Professional Body Language
Body language is an important clue to your interviewer, and tells them roughly about 80 percent of what they need to know about you – and all without saying a word. You can come across as professional right off the bat just by making solid eye contact, a firm handshake, and with good posture in place.
Other forms of professional body language include having an enthusiastic expression on your face while learning more about what your position entails, giving your interviewer privacy for an interrupted phone call, and being aware of an appropriate amount of space between your interviewer and yourself. Practice positive body language before your interview, and you’ll boost your confidence, just in time to knock their socks off!
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
You know you’re perfect for this job, so remind yourself just what you can contribute before headed to your interview. What are your best skills, talents, and experience that makes you stand out? How can you best contribute to their biggest priorities for this position? When you remind yourself beforehand (as well as show off your greatest achievements while in the interview) you’ll stand out, shine, and otherwise impress them in an undeniable way.
It’s Not Who You Are, It’s What You Do
Remind yourself as you prepare for your interview that being awarded this job doesn’t make you better, or happier. Your job isn’t who you are; it’s what you do. Many people fail to make this distinction, but often we get so wrapped up in our career defining us, that we feel hopeless when we don’t get the job we’re fiercely attached to. Stay true to who you are. Don’t settle for a salary or working conditions that are beneath you. Get hired or don’t, but when you improve your confidence and walk into your interview with preparation, positivity and have a strong sense of self, you’ll win them over – job offer or not.