Nailing a job interview isn’t always seriously difficult, there are some really simple things you can focus on which give you the best chance possible at getting the job.
Be honest and be yourself
The person or people interviewing you aren’t there to stress you out or make your life difficult. They want to be excited by you and feel wowed by what you could bring to the company. If you’re yourself and honest the whole way through, you guarantee a positive outcome for yourself. You either get offered the position because they like you as a person and what you can bring to the table, or they don’t offer you the position because they don’t feel like you’d be a good fit. Here’s how both of those outcomes are positive: either you get the job or you dodge the bullet on a place that wouldn’t have been right for you. You can only get here though, by being honest the whole time. Job searching is hard and while getting the offer can seem like the ethereal finish line, it’s not, it’s just the start. You actually have to work in that place from then on, you have to fit in and have the skills to do the job. It’s worth skipping out on a bad fit because it isn’t right if it means you end up somewhere perfect for you. If you’re not honest and not yourself during the interview phase, you’re basically blagging your way into a job that you’ve been hired for because they think you’re someone else. You now have to keep being that person or it’ll be clear quick that things aren’t right.
Take it slow
You’re sat in the waiting area, the interviewer will be seeing you soon, your heart’s beating, your quickly checking the confirmation email to make sure you know the person’s name, the walls start crumbling, the whole place explodes into flames and you die. Sound familiar? Probably not but you know how it feels sat there waiting. Your heart beats fast and you talk very very fast. These nerves building up mean when you start talking, you rush words and panic. This is again, doing you an injustice when it comes to showing off how perfect you are for the role. When you rush, you say the wrong things, you sound incoherent and nervous. Slowing it all down will help with this. Take a deep breath. When you’re sat there waiting to be seen, breath slowly, drink some water. When you get summoned, take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, unclench your fists and just take the deepest breath you can. This will slow you down and stop you rushing from the very start. During the interview, don’t be afraid of silence. If you can’t answer a question straight away, take a drink, take a breath. If you have to, just talk about your thought process, slowly. Silences aren’t a bad thing if you’re thinking things through. Slow down.
Think about your body language
Your body language says everything about you, it conveys your attitude, your enthusiasm and how mind set. If, from the very start an interviewer sees you slumped over, shoulders tense, hands in pockets and eyes darting around, they will get the impression you’re not someone they want to work with. No one wants to work with someone who looks miserable from the very outset, this is the bottom line of interviewing, these people will be working with you, as much as they love the company, they’re human and humans want to be around people they like, if they don’t like you, you won’t get the job. Your body language is the first and last thing that they’ll use to judge you and judge how much they like you. Positive, enthusiastic people come across better in interviews even if they don’t have the skills. Even if you’re nervous, you can still come across and positive and enthusiastic using your body language. Start with your posture. Stand up straight, imagine a helium balloon attached to the tip of your head, how would this affect how you hold your neck and spine? You’d stand up straight with your head high. Smile, happy people are positive people and interviewers love positive people. When sat in the interview, use your hands to gesture, this opens up your body, makes you seem expressive and enthusiastic. Sit comfortably but attentively. Don’t lounge but sit in way in which you feel comfortable but involved. When saying goodbye, smile, give a firm handshake and say thank you. Keeping your body language simple and positive is the way to go.