With so much competition for most jobs its a race to the finish line to land that job with just an interview, so how do you do it?
Firstly, whilst its always mentioned......first impressions count and by that it isn't just appearance its a multitude of factors. You never get a second chance to make a first great impression
Consider the following :
What are you first going to say when you answer the phone, open zoom or meet face to face? As Alexander Graham Bell once said 'Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.' If its a zoom call.. prepare by checking for updates, can you access the link/code.... is your background blurred, a successful online call is always better on
a laptop/desktop rather than a phone.
Set up a dummy run ahead of time and try this out with a friend to check you look good, sound good and know how to operate technology efficiently, all of these factors will go along way.
Stick to formal greetings, such as 'Good morning' as opposed to 'Hi', its an interview after all
Eye contact is key, its ok to look away especially if you are thinking of an answer to a question, the rule is 80/20 for eye contact. It shows confidence and enhances engagement.
Don't be embarrassed if you are nervous, be honest and lighten the mood by mentioning that you are a little nervous but also excited... this shows how keen you are.
Listening is key, be sure you understand the question, don't be afraid to ask for clarification or restate it in your words, and stick to the subject on hand.
always answer honestly, lies and exaggeration will come back to haunt you.
Have at least 5 questions to ask also this shows how keen you are, usually not all 5 of those would have been mentioned already by the interviewer. Make sure the questions are relevant and don't make you look like you only want the job for the money and aren't prepared to put hard work in.
What are the red flags of an interview:
Wrong body language: folded arms, slouched against chair, fiddling with hair
Speaking badly about previous employers of colleagues
Asking when you get time off
Not having any questions to ask.
Finally, my best tip is to use the interviewers names, it goes a really long way, it shows you are interested and have taken time to remember their name, it helps you engage in a more personal way and connection is key, oh and don't forget to smile.....
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