with a prospective employer is the most stressful
and problematic part of landing a new job. You
only have one chance to make a first impression
and sell the interviewer on why you are perfect
for the job. It is surprising how many highly
qualified individuals are denied employment because
of a poor interview. In this article we will discuss
ten tips to sharpen your interview skills and
prepare you for that next job opportunity.
#1: Dress appropriately - Your attire is a
number one priority and thus the first tip on
our list. In most cases this means wearing slacks
with a long sleeve button-up shirt and tie. A
general rule of thumb is to dress one step better
than you would if you were working the job in
question for the day. Also comb your hair and
avoid excessive jewelry. Remember, this may be
the only chance you get to leave an impression
and you want it to be a good one.
#2: Greet the interviewer by name and with a firm
handshake - Go into the interview knowing
who you are meeting with and what their position
in the company is. Introduce yourself with a firm
handshake and let the interviewer know you appreciate
the opportunity. Greeting a potential employer
is the beginning of your first impression so make
it good and memorable.
#3: Make eye contact - Eye contact shows confidence
in yourself and your abilities. Don't stare down
the interviewer but don't avoid their eyes either.
If you are confident in your approach and make
eye contact throughout the interview, it will
be remembered and your chances of a job offer
#4: Attitude is everything - Smile frequently
and be positive. It is important to relax but
also stay enthused and show the interviewer a
friendly yet hard-working attitude. Along with
your ability to do the job, much of the hiring
decision is based on how well an employer likes
you and your personality. An employer is more
likely to hire a positive and upbeat individual
than someone who lacks enthusiasm.
#5: Be prepared to answer questions - Study
before the interview. Brush up on skills and information
related to the job you will interview for. You
should be able to answer any job related question
that may come up as well as a few trick questions
the interviewer may throw at you. Be prepared
to discuss previous employment and how the skills
learned would help you excel at the new position.
#6: Do not elaborate on your personal life
- The interview should focus on your skills and
abilities, not who you're dating or what music
you listen to. Interviewers may ask a couple personal
questions to feel out your personality. This is
fine and those questions can be answered but keep
the interview on topic.
#7: Keep your answers short and on topic -
Nothing kills an interview like rambling about
something not related to the job. Answers should
be short yet descriptive and on topic. Make sure
to answer questions fully and avoid one-word answers.
#8: Do not speak negatively about previous employers
- This is a major interviewing No-No. Besides
tainting the interview in a negative light, employers
frown on potential employees who had problems
with their previous employment. If asked about
a previous employer you had a bad experience with,
focus on a positive aspect of the situation.
#9: Make sure the job is for you - It is not
worth landing a job if you don't like it or can't
do it. Ask specific questions regarding the position's
duties and responsibilities. This also shows the
employer your interest to work hard and complete
#10: Confirm a follow-up - This is perhaps
the most overlooked item when interviewing. At
the end of the interview, make sure to know where
you stand with the position. Express thanks for
the consideration and ask questions like "When
can I expect to hear from you?" or "Can I follow-up
with you next week?". This confirms your interest
and sets a deadline for a decision. If a job is
offered on the spot, make sure to consider it
carefully before accepting.
these tips you should be better prepared to face
that next interview with the attitude and confidence
it takes to land a new job.