Job Interview Tips
How to Interview with Confidence
By Adam Waxler
Since just getting an interview can often seem like a job
in itself, you can go ahead and give yourself a big pat on
the back if you've landed one…
However, now the hard work really starts…
Now it's time to actually land the job!
The interview itself is the most difficult part of securing
job. Not only do job interviews consist of many difficult
questions, but you will most likely be faced with some
fierce competition. Therefore, you should thoroughly
prepare yourself each and every job interview.
Unfortunately, job interviews vary from one person to the
other and from one industry to the next. However, all job
interviews do have some similar characteristics and you can
follow some basic rules that will help you face your next
job interview with confidence.
Here are three things everyone interviewing for a job
1. Communication ~ Whether it is verbal phone calls or
written emails, poorly stated or disorganized communication
shows a lack of professionalism. Also, during an interview,
don't be shy or soft spoken. Maintain eye contact with the
interviewer and carefully listen to everything they say.
Answer the interview questions confidentially without the
use of slang or street language. In fact, make sure to use
the jargon of the profession.
2. Body language ~ The fact is you are being judged from
the second you walk into an interview. That's right,
before you even say a word the interview committee is
already judging you just based upon your body language.
Do NOT underestimate how important body language is during
There is no doubt that your physical appearance plays an
important role in getting you a job. If you are dress too
casually you won't be taken seriously for the job. Dress in
a nice suit or other formal clothes that make you look
organized, sharp, and controlled. When undecided about what
to wear always weigh on the side of caution and dress more
formal than less.
Hand shakes also play a big part of body language. A soft
handshake doesn't make an impression while a firm handshake
indicates you have drive and confidence.
Also, while seated, you should always sit with your back
straight, keep a smile on your face, be attentive, and
maintain eye contact with all interviewers.
3. Ask Questions ~ Having sat on countless interview
committees I am always shocked at how many candidates do
not ask us, the interviewers, any questions. Asking
questions gives the impression that not just any job will
do, but that you are looking for the right job…the right
fit for you. As much as possible try to make the interview
seem more like a two-way conversation rather than a one-way
Again, while job interviews will vary from person to person
and from one industry to the next, by following these basic
guidelines you will be much more confident and that will
shine through during your interview.
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