Your interview is more than just your resume. The way you present yourself in an interview can sometimes make or break your chances for a job. Before going into your interview, review these tips and guidelines.
It’s important to not show up under or overdressed for an interview. Avoid wearing accessories that are too flashy or gaudy. By doing this, you’ll avoid any potential distractions from both you and your interviewer’s attention spans.
You can give the perfect answer to every question, but it won’t matter if you look like you don’t care about what you’re doing. Good posture conveys a strong desire for the position, and projects confidence about your abilities. Never cross your arms during the interview. Crossing your arms suggests that you are defensive or not interested.
Eye contact is important because it increases trust and comfort between participants. However, make sure that you are not staring. Staring never makes anyone comfortable. Keep relaxed eye contact, and try looking away at key points in the conversation to show thoughtfulness and introspection.
Avoid fidgeting during the interview process, restless legs and fidgeting often signals to others that you are bored or getting nervous. Keep your feet still and only use hand movements to show enthusiasm when talking. Body language is about portraying your intangible qualities—confidence, trustworthiness, honesty, etc. without having to come out and say it.
Answer interview questions directly. It’s good to rehearse your answers in advance, however in the interview, answer the question that is asked, not the one you expected to be asked. Indirect or evasive answers only annoy interviewers and reflect poorly on your critical thinking skills.
Do your research prior to the interview. Interviewers want to see that you not only have researched the company in general, but also the specific job that you’re hoping for. You should anticipate questions you think will be asked based on the requirement of the role. Then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not generalities.
Prepare two or three questions prior to the interview. If the interviewer gives you the opportunity to ask a question, make sure you have something prepared. Failure to ask may make you seem disengaged. Use the opportunity to get as much information possible while you have an expert in front of you.
Come to your interview prepared with extra copies of your resume. Even if the interviewer has a copy, they may ask for another to see if you came to the interview prepared.