5 tips to help you nail your face2face interview
We’ve mentioned how to improve your phone interviews. Hopefully that went well and you’re now scheduled for your first interview with your future employer.
1) First impressions count
The impression interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you will set the tone for the rest of the interview. Be on time, preferable 5 minutes earlier. Dress to impress, smile, make eye contact and be confident. Remember – you made it this far in the hiring process.
2) Body language matters
Remember to pay close attention to your posture. Poor body language can easily become a distraction at its’ best or a reason not to hire you at its’ worst. Sit up straight, lean forward towards the interviewer from time to time to convey interest and attention. A good trick to make the interviewer feel comfortable is to mirror the vocal cadence and the body language of the interviewer. How? You can listen to the speed and tone of the interviewers voice, and then try to match it with your own. Not imitate it, but match it with yours so it sounds similar. Mirroring the body language has the same effect but instead of matching vocal tones and speed you would match their posture and general gesture.
3) Be positive
Being positive and projecting positive attitude is not only a key factor when doing job interviews, but also a key factor in life as well. You should concentrate on projecting positive energy and enthusiasm. Expressing a genuine passion for your work has never been a bad thing. If you add some sense of humor and charm, you might find yourself one step closer to your dream job.
4) Do your research
Research, research, research. Research the industry, the company and the players. Make sure that you understand the job description, how the job description matches with your profile and how you can offer a solution to their problem. Yes, their problem. Hiring someone means that they have a problem and need someone to solve it, which is why you are there in the first place.
5) Ask questions
Last,but not least, ask questions. Show the interviewer that you are not only interested in the position, but also in the company. Remember that you are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. You can use this opportunity to clarify the next step as well. However, don’t interrupt and don’t forget to be a good listener as well.