It’s show time! More than likely you will be nervous, most people are, often times
even the interviewer is nervous too! You need to carry on with the presentation
as an opera star with butterflies before the opening curtain would. The show must
Make it a point to not judge or read into anything the interviewer says or does,
or even doesn’t do! There are many different styles of interviewing, some can be
brash and indifferent, other interviewers will be very friendly. Never read into
the interview... just give it your all, each and every time!
Here are some pointers to help you aspire during your interview...
Arrive On Time
There’s nothing worse than showing up late for a job interview. The first few minutes
of the interview are the most important. Show up at least 15 minutes early, if you
are going to be late, CALL to let them know. When you call, be sure to apologize
and let them know what time you can be expected and make sure you’re not late again.
When you meet the interviewer, be sure to apologize for being late. The best excuses
would be that you were tied up with work at your current employer, or that you were
at another interview, or got lost on the way over. Showing up late could cost you
your chances of landing the job so try to show up at least 15 minutes early. On
the other hand, don’t show up too early because you may come across as desperate.
Also, the interviewer may feel pressured to meet with you and could throw off their
Treat Everyone You Meet As Equally Important As The Interviewer
When you initially arrive at the interview location, chances are, you will enter
a reception area, meet a receptionist or secretary and be asked to sit and wait.
Other employees may be around watching you. Make sure you are courteous to the
receptionist or secretary or any one else you meet. Also, you should appear competent
and professional when you greet these people. You should greet the receptionist
or secretary by introducing yourself: “Good morning, I’m Jane Morris. I have a
9 o’clock appointment with Mr. Lewis.” Wait to be invited to sit in a specific place.
If you are wearing an overcoat, take it off before you sit down. Interviewers sometimes
ask their employees for their opinion of candidates. “What did you think about the
candidate? Did you have a chance to talk to him/her? What did he/she do while they
were waiting? Do you think you’ll like him/her?” The opinions of these people can
be very important to the interview process. So make sure you treat everyone you
meet as important to the interviewer.
When Waiting For The Interviewer, Do
Something Relevant To The Interview And The Job
For example, after turning in your application ask the receptionist if there is any
company literature you can review, etc. Don’t ask self-centered questions about
parking spaces, vacation or breaks. Your small talk should emphasize your interest
in the organization as well as your genuine concern for the job being offered. You
might learn something important that will help you in the interview.
Communicate Positive Behaviors During The Critical First Five Minutes
The first five minutes of the interview, which may not even address job-related questions,
are the most important. It’s during this time that critical first impressions are
made and interviewers decide whether or not they like you. And being likeable is
one of the most important aspects of getting hired. If you make an excellent first
impression from shaking hands, dressing right to handling the initial small talk,
the rest of the interview may go extremely well. He or she may decide within the
first few minutes that they want to hire you and the rest of the time will be spent
reinforcing their decision. Make sure your perfume or cologne isn’t too strong and
jewelry isn’t distracting. The last thing you want is to be remembered for your
strong scent or your noisy jewelry.
Greet The Interviewer Properly
Chances are the interviewer will come out to the reception area to greet you. Stand
up straight, shake hands firmly, and maintain eye contact. Listen carefully, look
energetic, speak in the positive and introduce yourself: “Hello, I’m Jane Morris.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Watch what you say. This isn’t a time to make jokes,
look tired or appear nervous. If you’re asked any questions about finding the place
or about other interviews, appear confident and positive by showing them you handled
it just fine and with ease. This isn’t the time to ask about getting your parking
Wait To Be Invited To Sit
The particular seating arrangement for the interview may be important to the interviewer.
You may, for example, be asked to sit on the other side of a desk or table. You
may be asked to sit on a sofa. Whatever the case, don’t look like you are in a hurry
by taking a seat before you are invited to sit. Chances are you will be asked to
sit a comfortable distance from the interviewer where you can both maintain good
Keep Your Hands, Arms And Elbows To Yourself
If you are sitting at a desk, keep your hands, arms and elbows off the desk and away
from any distracting items like pens or pencils. Try to look alert, energetic, and
focused rather than fidget with your purse and show your nervousness or irritating
habits. If you don’t know what to do with your hands, try folding them.
Sit Up Straight And Lean Slightly Forward
Avoid leaning back in your chair or looking extremely comfortable. This posture
may communicate that you are more interested in talking about yourself than in listening
to and learning from the interviewer. The best thing to do is sit up straight and
lean slightly forward so as to give the impression that you are listening attentively,
like when someone is telling you a good bit of gossip. Nonverbally, it communicates
that you are interested in the individual. You will look more alert and energetic.
Let The Interviewer Start The Conversation, But
Take Initiative And Offer Some Of Your Own Openers
It is the responsibility of the interviewer to initiate openers. During the first
few minutes, the interviewer will probably talk to you about your trip, the weather,
the location, or some other small talk topics. Respond to the questions with more
than just “yes” or “no”. You need to take some initiative here and show your personality.
You can initiate your own small talk and say something positive about the office
or the artwork or even the people you met in the reception area. You might discover
that you and the interviewer have something in common like having kids or loving
animals. Show some personal interest but by no means should you go overboard or
seem fake. In the end, how you handle yourself during the first few minutes will
set the pace for the rest of the interview. If you seem energetic and confident,
things will probably go smoothly. On the other hand, if you project the opposite,
things might not go the way you hoped they would.
Reduce Stress And Nervousness By
Practicing A Few Techniques For Stress Reduction
You can control your nervousness better by taking deep breaths. You can do this
without getting noticed. Also by taking your mind off of yourself and concentrating
on the other person, you feel a little more comfortable. If you are nervous, you’re
probably being too self-conscious. Rather than concentrate on your needs and fears,
try to focus on the other person’s needs and questions.
Focus On The Interviewer’s Needs
Assume that the interviewer is concerned with their needs and that they are looking
for someone who is productive and easy to get along with. You must confirm in their
minds that you are that person. You do this by stressing your strong points to the
employer, answering all of the trouble questions and by handling the small talk.