You’ve finally gotten the job interview that you dreamed about, but now you are facing doubts about how to dress, how to act or how to best express yourself to make a good impression on the interviewer. While having a good résumé helps you to find a job, it is not the only thing recruiters consider when choosing one candidate over another. Job interviews are key.
Before the Interview
Once the time and date of the interview have been confirmed, begin to prepare for it. Your preparation should include:
Who are its directors, what are their future projects, who are their clients, where do they operate, etc. It is vital you know as much about the company as possible, especially information which is relevant to the position you’re being interviewed for. This will not only make you more comfortable, but also impress the interviewer.
Doing so will help you to work out beforehand answers to any questions they may ask and to pinpoint the strengths that set you apart from other candidates. When answering questions, make sure you are honest. There is no use in being insincere because recruiters can easily spot this.
On the day of the interview make sure you focus on your overall appearance, portray good body language and show courtesy towards the interviewer (a friendly greeting, being punctual, etc.).
Dressing appropriately for a job interview is crucial. Remember that looks say a lot about a person. Try to dress accordingly for the position you are interviewing for and avoid using colours that are too bold. A safe bet is to opt for the so-called basics: dark trousers along with a white, grey or beige shirt.
Your appearance is just as important as your punctuality. You should never arrive late to a job interview. When you greet the interviewer, make sure to establish eye contact and smile in a natural way.
During the Interview
How you express yourself verbally in an interview is just as important as what you say with your gestures, posture and facial expressions. Be sure to maintain good posture and not to gesture excessively.
During the interview, avoid one-word answers to questions and reason out every one of your answers in a clear and concise way without criticising the companies where you have previously worked or former co-workers and bosses.
If you are looking for your first job and still lack experience, focus your answers on the training you have, your education, internships, achievements, etc. Ultimately, you need to show the interviewer that you are prepared to develop the specific skills required for the post by highlighting your adaptability, versatility and ability to learn.
And most importantly, keep a positive attitude during the interview. Remember, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!