Employment interview techniques: Impress for success
How quickly does an interviewer form an opinion about you? The first 30 seconds can make or break an interview.
Just what are they looking for when they evaluate you in an interview? You might be surprised to know that your job qualifications rank fourth after attitude, appearance and your ability to communicate.
In order of appearance you’re ranked on: attitude, image or appearance, communications, and job skills.
So how do you project a winning attitude? It comes down to your appearance, be friendly and courteous, be enthusiastic and positive, watch your body language, project an air of confidence, show an interest in your prospective employer.
Your image should be appropriate for the job and the employer. Be clean and neat of course avoiding extremes of color in your wardrobe. Be alert.
Your verbal skills are very important. Use the interviewer’s name, be positive and courteous, use a pleasant tone and always be professional.
Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal. Have a relaxed but firm handshake. Make eye contact Be energetic and pleasant Sit up straight yet be relaxed and confident
When asked about yourself: be positive about what you can do and what you can contribute
Have your marketing kit handy and use it to illustrate what you have said about your skills and accomplishments
Your marketing kit will contain such items as: your resume, licenses and certificates, transcripts, letters of recommendation and references. You should also have a pencil and note pad containing questions to ask the interviewer.
Watch for signs that the interview is coming to a close. Ask when you will be notified of the hiring decision Make notes of any actions that will be required of you such as sending official transcripts If you’re interested in the job say so Thank the interviewer by name Smile and give a firm handshake Be sure to thank the receptionist on you way out
To summarize Project a positive, enthusiastic attitude Dress and groom professionally Use positive verbal & nonverbal communication Deliver a polished interview commercial Present a polished interview Marketing Kit Close the interview skillfully