Tips for a positive interviewing experience.Job skills are important, but you need to make a good impression with potential employers during an interview. An interviewee needs to sell his or her self by effective communication, body language and other verbal and non-verbal gestures. Performance will enable you to maintain a job, but the interview is the entrance point to the job.
The first step to a positive interviewing experience is to have your “Marketing Theme” ready. This consists of having a minimum of three of your most marketable strengths that would show you are the best applicant for the position. You should be ready to share these strengths during the interview at appropriate times.A second thing that is to be considered is how you are dressed. Dress conservative and professional, do not dress casual or sloppy. You should also be well groomed with a neat appearance. Arriving early is always a start to the interview. A good time frame is to arrive 15 minutes early. Arriving early shows the potential employer that you are serious about the interview. Early arrival also enables you to gather yourself and take a few deep breaths before the interview. If you are nervous try to spend this time calming your nerves.
Encounters with others.When you enter the building you should treat people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during the hiring process. Do not judge a person’s importance by their appearance or their job title; a team oriented employer considers every employees views and opinions to some degree.When a potential employer offers a handshake be sure to offer a firm handshake. A weak or overpowering grasp can be a negative symbol to a receiver. You should also make eye contact and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by the interviewer. Body language is important, it can show many things such as nervousness and too much or too little confidence.When the interviewer tells you their name listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation. When you speak their name you need to be able to do it correctly to avoid confusion and possibly offending someone.
During the interview you should be aware of things that potential employers will perceive as positive and negative. The following are some important interview do’s:You should always maintain eye contact during the interview, if you look away from the interviewer he or she may think you have low interest in the position or not enough confidence.If there is a question you do not understand ask for clarification, and remember to be thorough in your responses while being concise in your words. You do not want an interviewer asking you to explain your answers, but if they do be ready to elaborate on answers.Always use good grammar and diction. Say “yes” not “yeah.” Don’t fill pauses with “um, “uh” or “ah”. Don’t punctuate sentences with “you know”, “like”, “see” or “okay”.Answer the question and use professional experiences or descriptive information to demonstrate how you would react or respond to a situation. Volunteering this extra information can show you previous accomplishments. Treat the interview seriously, show interest in the employer and the opportunity presented. You should always respond to questions in a positive manner, negative responses can cause negative results.
Encounters with Others Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during the hiring process. Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by the interviewer. Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation.
During the Interview Do’s Maintain good eye contact during the interview. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question; and be thorough in your responses while being concise in your wording. Use good grammar and good diction. Say “yes”, not “yeah.” Don’t fill pauses with “um,” uh” or “ah”. Don’t punctuate sentences with “you know”, “like”, “see” or “okay”. Answer the question and use professional experiences or descriptive information to demonstrate how you would react or respond to a situation. Treat the interview seriously and show interest in the employer and the opportunity presented and respond to questions in a positive manner.
During the Interview Don’ts Don’t fidget or slouch. Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions. Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or supervisors (or others). Don’t chew gum or smell like smoke. Don’t take cell phone calls during an interview. If you carry a cell phone, turn it off during the interview. Don't bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
Softly Toot Your Own Horn! Exhibit quiet confidence. Organize your thoughts and apply your knowledge, skills and abilities. Think globally! Relate “outside” experiences to demonstrate your qualifications.
Be Prepared for Behavior-based Questions! Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses at work that tested your coping skills. What did you do? Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision. Give an example of an important goal you had to set and tell about your progress in reaching that goal. Give an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell how you solved it positively.
Summary Before the interview be sure to have your “Marketing Theme” ready, Dress appropriately and arrive early. Prepare yourself for meeting potential employers. Know things you should and should not do during an interview. It is okay to toot your own horn but don’t overdo it. Be ready to answer behavior-based questions. Know what to do after the interview.