It is crucial for you to make a good first impression at the job interview, if you want to land that dream job. In this article, we will discuss interview techniques that are guaranteed to land you your next job.
Techniques to employ before the interview:
- Make sure you dress appropriately.
- Be sure about the venue of the interview. Make a practice run ensure that you are on time.
- Learn everything you can about the company.
- Prepare answers for commonly asked questions.
- Have questions ready to ask everyone who is interviewing you.
- Rehearse you interview with a mate or member of your family.
- Film your practice interviews with a video camera.
- Be ready to commit yourself to date of joining, if asked to do so.
- Be clear about the salary and benefits you expect.
- Be prepared to take a test that could include drug screening.
- Be on time – 10 to 15 minutes before the interview begins is ideal.
Techniques to employ during the interview:
- Employ a firm, but not overly firm, handshake
- Establish eye-contact and shake hands with everyone.
- Speak clearly at an appropriate volume (that’s not too loud).
- Avoid slang.
- Maintain good posture; don’t slouch or be too stiff.
- Only sit when you are asked to and avoid fidgeting.
- Limit gestures to necessary ones only.
- If offered a drink including water, avoid gulping or chugging.
- Give feedback when spoken to, this could be a nod of the head or a smile.
- Display interest when spoken to.
- Give brief and relevant answers, avoid babbling or starting sentences with “um” or “uh”.
- Try and sound confident.
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s).
- Ask questions to display your interest in the position and the company.
- Never look at your watch or the clock that could indicate you would prefer to be elsewhere.
- Left alone in a room, make sure you do not do something you would avoid doing before others; you could be on watched.
- Avoid flirting with anybody at the venue of the interview.
Techniques to employ after the interview:
- Thank everyone while shaking hands with them.
- Reiterate your interest in the job.
- If you are definitely not interested in the job, say so. That would allow the company the chance to renegotiate.
- Politely ask about the next step and if you are able to follow up.
- Send a brief and relevant note thanking the interviewer(s) by email/snail mail reiterating your interest in the position.
- At home, jot down all you can remember about the interview for future reference.
- Follow up politely with the interviewer or with human resource.