Facing a Job Interview: 10 Tips for Success
Find out everything you can about the company and your interviewer. The when is important: better in the middle of the morning and in the middle of the week. According to the psychology of color, wearing blue is the safest bet. Maintain a receptive body attitude, maintaining eye contact.
The job interview is the most important, and for many people the most pressing, time in the entire job search process from the time we send out the resume to the time we receive a response. We must arrive at this meeting with clear ideas and answers to questions that can be well prepared. And all advice is good enough for that.
Hudson has published a guide with tips for getting through each of the five phases of the interview:
preparation, presentation, interviewer relationship, problem solving and closure. Here are some of those tips. Experts point out that preparation is one of the keys to success in an interview. It is essential to find out everything you can about the company and your interviewer, and make sure you know their full name and position. The day and time of the interview is also very important. Whenever possible, you should ideally meet with your interviewer at a time when you are not closing issues before the weekend or thinking about eating or going home. Are you prepared to answer the basic questions
You have the skills needed for this position, have the attitude and motivation to do it well, and will you fit the position? These are basic questions for any interviewer. Before you go to the interview, think about the answers. Take care of your image A good presentation is vital, because the first impression is important.
Try to relax before the interview and go with a positive mood.
Take care of your clothes. According to specialists in color psychology, wearing blue is reassuring and is the safest bet for an interview. White and grey suggest, respectively, that you are organized and logical, red conveys a sense of power, and black can be interpreted as elegant or serious. Pay attention to nonverbal communication A firm handshake immediately makes a good impression. It’s also good to smile when you walk into the room. Maintain an open and receptive body attitude, maintaining eye contact, sitting upright and leaning towards the interviewer as a sign of interest and enthusiasm.
Under no circumstances should you cross your arms, tap your feet on the floor or toy with things like a pen or mobile phone. Speak expressively and confidently, avoiding crutches and hesitations. When two people feel comfortable together, they begin to “imitate” each other, that is, to act as a mirror of each other: the posture of their legs, arms, even facial expression. You can make your interviewer empathize with you by consciously imitating your body language. If there is more than one person interviewing you, don’t focus only on the person who asks the most questions. It could be that the interviewer who doesn’t say anything is the one who has the last word on your hiring. Therefore, maintain regular eye contact with all of them. It’s who you are, not what you know. If you get to the interview stage, it’s because they assume you have the skills needed for the position being offered or they think it will be easy to train you to acquire them. Therefore, the interviewers will focus on whether you will fit in with the company, if your values, behaviour and ethics coincide with those of the organisation. A good relationship with the interviewer should be established throughout the interview.
To do this, it is essential to be yourself throughout the conversation.
It is also a good idea to simplify your’personal brand’, i.e. to identify a couple of areas of specialisation, rather than presenting yourself as an off-road professional. Be prepared to answer decisive and complicated questions Why were you fired from your last job? don’t you think you are overqualified for this position with your experience? can you explain this gap in your resume? why do you want to leave your current job? what are your weaknesses? These are called’critical incident questions’. In these cases, it is a good idea to demonstrate your ability to identify the problem, challenge or opportunity and to design a plan of action. Never answer with opinions, actions of others or theoretical and general statements.
Ask and close the interview with a positive note. At the end of the interview, they will tell you if you want to ask any questions. The answer must always be’yes’, and these are an example of three questions you can ask: What are the three main challenges for the person in this position, what should I have achieved after six months in this position to be considered a success, and what are the next steps? Briefly mention relevant accomplishments or skills that have not come to light, thank the interviewer for his or her time, and emphasize your interest in the work.