Refining Your Interview Skills & Landing the Job

Going into an interview for a job that you desperately want can give you a feeling similar to stage fright. The pressure from wanting to impress someone can bring on terrible nerves. They say that the more practice you get from doing something, the easier it gets. 

This doesn’t apply as much with interviews because no two interview experiences are the same. On the other hand, the skills required for every interview are the same whether you’re applying to a small family-owned company or a million-dollar corporation. 

Something that you’ll learn from your interviewing experiences is that you will learn something new each time. Interviewers like to change things up with the questions they ask so you’ll often have to think on your feet. The things that you can control, though, are what you should have no problem with. 

Match the employees: Some hiring managers will tell you whether they expect you to dress differently than the typical interview attire. You should always be under the impression to dress on the nicer side. The feeling of being underdressed in an interview is much worse that being overdressed. Be cautious of overkill though. You attire should impress in subtle ways.

Avoid flattery: Flattering the interviewer is doing a bit too much. Schmoozing during an interview is an unwelcome tactic from hiring managers. Making an impression is meaningless if you end up making the wrong kind. Direct your comments away from observations of their appearance and talk about something that you notice you have in common with the interviewer.

Present your resume: It’s typical practice to bring in all and any necessary documents to an interview such as resumes, cover letters, business cards, etc. Instead of waiting for the interviewer to ask you, offer them at the start of the interview. If there’s something you want the interviewer to notice, don’t assume that they will. Confirm it by bringing it up.

Prepared questions: Not having any at the end of the interview can make it seem like you’re not invested in getting the position. Asking questions is how the interviewer gauges your interest in the company and the job. Of course, save the money questions for a later time either in another interview or when a job is offered. The first interview should focus on what you can bring to the table and how your contributed efforts will benefit the company’s growth. 

Body language: What you say in your body language can speak volumes. Be mindful of your actions and expressions. Refrain from scratching your head or rubbing your nose. While they may not seem like big deals to you, in an interview where you’re being critiqued you want to make sure there isn’t anything to hold against you. End the interview the same way you started it–with a handshake

Being able to do well in an interview has a lot to do with your ability to read the interviewer and feel out the situation. Building a rapport and connecting with interviewer is important to getting the job, but doing this easy. Forcing this type of interaction is obvious especially when it’s due to nerves. The key to being relaxed in this situation is preparing yourself well enough to walk in radiating with confidence.