Advice on job interviews – Behaviour during interviews
So after a while of searching for the job of your dreams, you finally have an interview arranged. Good for you, you have made it through the first obstacle and that is the application process. So now you have to think about the interview, what to wear, and what to say and how to act. One of the biggest keys to a successful a job interview is your non-verbal communication. This is very important because it can make or break you. Follow these key points, and this will help you down the road to success.
The way you are dressed says a lot about you. If your clothes are messy, stained and wrinkled, is suggests that you don’t care and may be lazy. Be sure that you wear the proper clothes for the job that you are interviewing for. Make sure that you are well groomed, with your hair neatly brushed, no hats, and no showing tattoos.
When waiting in the lobby, be sure to be pleasant to the receptionist, and to sit quietly. Shut your mobile phone off or put it to silent, don’t talk on it or text while waiting, it’s considered to be rude, and that could have a negative effect on your interview.
Greet the interviewer with a handshake when you go in for your interview. Smile. Make sure YOU smile, but try not to have a smirk. You don’t want to be mistaken for being arrogant. Keep your poise. Make sure that you are not slouching, but don’t sit too stiff. Sit in a relaxing manner; this can really be a key point during the interview, because it can show your personality.
Maintain eye contact. Don’t look away from the interviewer while you or the interviewer are talking, it can come off as though you trying to hide something. Show self-confidence. This is a key point, if the employer doesn’t see any self-confidence, they may question that you are a good match for the position that you are interviewing for. Let it show that you know what you’re talking about, but don’t come off as a know-it-all.
Don’t cross your arms during the interview. This is described as “closed” body language. You want to come across as being open and genuine. Try to rest your hands in your lap. Don’t tap your fingers or a pen on the side of the chair. It is nerve racking when you are interviewing for a job.
However, you don’t want it to show too much. This can also be read as you being an impatient person, or even hostile. Instead try to keep your hands folded in your lap, and stay calm and relaxed. Stay positive. Be sure to have positive energy, this shows confidence and that you are ready for the job. There are so many things that can be said without saying anything at all.
Positive body language is key when you are in a job interview, and it can have a significant impact. So be mindful of your behavior when going into your interview, and you should do just fine. Good luck!