Ace Your Next Job Interview

Use these tips on your next interview.

Okay, so we all know what it is like to go to an interview and feel like it was a hit or miss. We don’t know why some interviews seem to go very well, while others fall flat. Making a great impression is crucial on an interview. You want the interviewer not to be able to stop thinking about you. You want them to feel confident that you are the best person for the job. You want to be memorable.

There is no clear cut formula for winning on a job interview, but there are a few things to do that will help you stand out from the competition. The most important thing to do is to build rapport with the interviewer. That is very simple to do.

Introduction

When the interview greets you give them a broad smile, make eye contact and give them a firm handshake. This part is obvious. They will likely ask, “Did you have any trouble finding us.?” Kindly say no, that the instructions you received where great. Afterward, say something like, “So, how’s your day been going so far?” this demonstrates interest in them.

Interview

At this point, body language is key. Body language will determine whether you actually believe you are competent or not. So, don’t hide your hands under the table. Hiding hands signals, subconsciously, to others that you have something to hide. Lean forward to the interviewer when possible, but not away. Tell stories about your experience. Look up behavioral interview questions and practice. Don’t give boring generic answers to questions. If they say, “Tell me about a time when you were unhappy at work.”, you can immediately launch into an interesting story that grabs the listener and that the listener can relate to and nod in agreement with. A story can go:

I was working on a project that was fast approaching its deadline. We only had one more week to get it done. We had been working on this project for 8 months, when one of the project team members quit unexpectedly that morning.  The rest of the team members were already burned out from trying to meet the deadline and now we would be expected to complete the work of the missing team member. We were crunched for time and very on edge. I think we were all ready to unravel at that point. The project had suffered many unexpected setbacks already, but this one was so close to the deadline and we really had no room for more problems. That afternoon the Project Manager held a emergency team meeting to reorganize the workload for the rest of us. I have to admit that I was not happy that day. I’m sure you’ve probably felt like this before working on a team project doing the work of others. (<–Try to get the interviewer involved and/or nodding in agreement) We managed to put in the extra hours over the next week to get the project completed on time. I think it allowed us to realize what we could accomplish if we actually worked as a team to get everything done. I realized that I’m capable of more than I think.

End of the Interview

At the end of the interview, the interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions. This is where you can either shine or dim, because now the ball is in your court. No longer is the interviewer asking you questions, you can now ask the interviewer questions. So, make the most of it. Here is a list of three questions you can ask an interviewer that can get a conversation going:

What is a typical day like working here?

Would you recommend this job to a friend?

What advice would you give to someone who has just started out?

Think of as many questions as you like, but be mindful of the interviewer's time. Also, try to minimize yes or no questions. Use more open ended questions that really dig deep and create conversation and connection. When you are finished asking questions you can say, "I don't have any more questions, but I would just like to say I'm the best person for this job. It will be a perfect fit because..." tell them why you're the best person for the job. This is how you end an interview on a high note.

All of life is about charm. Charm can bring you places that you’ve never imagine. People are the key to everything you want in life. It is not about using people, but enjoying people. It is not about getting what you want, but making sure that every encounter brings joy and connection. We all like people who make us feel good. So simple, yet few people do it.

You now hold the key to a better life, better connections, better interviews!!!

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Alison is an avid book reader and great writer for CA. Her favorite thing to do is watch Youtube videos and spend time with her family.