How to Stand Out in an Interview
Are you worried that you won’t be able to stand out in an interview? We have some helpful tips that will help you to feel more comfortable, and confident and that will leave a lasting impression as soon as you enter the room.
A company or a recruiter is first introduced to you through your CV. If they like what they see in your CV, then you are likely to be called for an interview, which is where the important decisions are made. Interviews are used to get a proper read on who you are and what you stand for, also ensuring that you are not lying or pretending to be someone you are not. This is also the perfect time for the interviewers to assess your communication and interpersonal skills.
So, what can you do to prepare and feel confident when walking into your interview?
- Always Be Punctual
Punctuality is key. This also gives the interviewers an idea of whether you can stick to a set time, such as when being sent to client meetings. You need to show that you are reliable and that you will not leave people waiting for you.
- Ensure That Your Clothing Looks Professional
You should dress as if you already have the job and that you are showing up on your first day. You want to look neat and tidy while wearing the appropriate clothing. Dress according to the type of workplace and environment you will be in, have a look around to see what other people are wearing to get a better idea of what you are expected to wear and look like on a daily basis.
- Remain Calm and Collected
It is important to remember that at the end of the day, you are there to offer the company a service as much as they are there to hire you for your skills to do the job. Relax, take deep breaths, and focus on what they are asking you.
- A Smile is The Best Accessory
Smiling will make you look more confident! Being nervous sometimes make you look more serious on the outside as you try your best to calm the nerves, but smiling will help your body to release endorphins and in turn, will help ease your nerves.
- The Power of Eye-Contact
Maintaining eye contact when spoken to is powerful, as it shows that you are confident in your answers, and it also shows respect to those you are engaging in conversation with you. Even if you are not 100% confident at that moment, try to hold eye contact instead of nervously fidgeting and looking around the room. Test this out by asking a friend or family member to fake-interview you the day before your scheduled interview.
- Speak Slowly and Clearly
Good communication plays a big role in being able to get the job done properly and efficiently. When speaking, take your time and focus on pronouncing each and every word. Trying to rush through the interview could lead to your downfall, so rather use the time to answer questions thoroughly.
Other points to keep in mind when going for an interview are to listen to the questions carefully so that you keep your answers to the point and conversational, always be honest with your answers and rather admit that you do not know how to do something and ask intelligent questions to prove that you are serious and interested in the available position.
Once you have completed your interview, remember to thank the interviewers for their time as well as shake their hands on your way out.
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