Looking for a job can be really overwhelming and stressful. You need a great resume and a lot of time to apply to a number of job postings. However, the hard work really begins when you have to actually go to job interviews. Here are 3 tips to help you be prepared to prove to the interviewer that you deserve to be hired:
1. Pay attention to nonverbal communication
One essential thing that can really dictate the way your interview will go is nonverbal communication. Most job seekers focus on preparing for the interview questions, dressing professionally, and researching the company. And, that is a great thing to do. However, if you lack the right attitude, all these might be in vain.
Nonverbal communication during an interview means demonstrating confidence by standing straight, being able to maintain eye contact with, and greeting the interviewer with a firm handshake at the beginning and the end of your interview. However, although a confident attitude is essential, pay attention to not being rude in any way. Keep a confident, yet modest attitude.
It also means that you must control your facial expressions and reactions depending on what the interviewer will be telling you. In fact, the interviewer might ask you some uncomfortable or tricky questions in order to analyze your reactions. So, even if you disagree with them or don’t feel comfortable, don’t allow that to be read on your face or in your gestures.
2. Know how to answer the questions
No, you can’t actually prepare your answers for everything that the interviewer will ask you. However, there are a few questions that are always part of an interview. For example, the interviewer might ask you why you consider yourself the best choice for the company or why did you leave your previous job. It is common knowledge that these questions are always asked in a job interview because they are used to help the interviewer determine if you are a good choice for the job. So, it is wise that you prepare the best answers to impress the interviewer.
Also, apart from preparing your answers to the most common questions, you also need to create the right mindset to give creative answers to the questions you didn’t expect. For example, Patrick Algrim, CEO at Algrim.co told us, “If you are asked questions like ‘what kind of animal would you be’, it’s always best to think of something that’s going to be the most agnostic. Think of something friendly to humans, like a dog. With questions that have these types of ominous potential answers, it’s okay to pick the answer that isn’t exactly unique, but answers the question correctly.”
3. Use professional language
Using the appropriate language is another key to success in a job interview. No matter how friendly the job environment might seem, remember that for the moment you are a candidate and you should look as professional as possible. So, avoid using any inappropriate slang words or references to any topic that might be controversial. Instead, use a professional language while also being friendly at the same time.
Even if you have gone to a number of job interviews, job interviewing never seems to get any easier. These tips can help you be better prepared and have the right mindset to prove the interviewer that you are the best choice.