Did you just get a call for a job interview? Good job! Any of us can get anxious at the thought of selling yourself to get that dream job you’ve been longing for. Even if this is a recurring situation, an important job interview always makes people feel nervous. But just because you may be feeling nervous doesn’t mean you need to show it. In fact, there are simple ways to project confidence during an important interview. So take a deep breath, and follow these steps and before you know it, you’ll have nailed all the questions and your future employer will be shaking your hand.
Before anything else, you need to make sure that you dress sharp for your interview. The general rule is to wear the kind of outfit that the person who will be interviewing you will be wearing. This will help to ensure that you makes a good impression.
For men, a crisp white dress shirt or any pastel color variation paired with a pair of well-pressed dark grey slacks should fit the bill. For the women, a similar look and color for the dress shirts, complemented by a black skirt or pants is typically appropriate.
The most important thing is just making sure you that you feel good in these clothes. Your comfort level will signal your level of self-assurance, which is just as important to potential employers as how their employees present themselves aesthetically.
For men with cropped hair, a neatly-combed look is preferred over the messy “just rolled out of bed” look that is so popular with today twenty and thirtysomethings. For the ladies, putting your hair in a bun works best assuming that your hair is long enough. If you have short hair then just be careful to style it simply, rather than trying to make it look all fancy like you are going out on a Friday night.
Upon entering the room, greet your interviewer(s) with a smile. This is vital because an upbeat vibe will help to make the meeting flow naturally instead of turning it into a tedious uncomfortable process where you are simply going through the questions mechanically.
Also, be very conscious of your handshake. Firm handshakes indicate a dependable applicant. Then wait for them to offer you a seat. While waiting for the interview to commence, make sure to keep your back straight to show that you are ready.
Taking a breath before introducing yourself sets the tone for the rest of your talk. The nerves are still there, but do not let it take over your composure. Remember, the person who is asking the questions might be just as anxious as you are. Just because they are in charge of hiring doesn’t mean that they are necessarily socially graceful.
Instead of looking at it as an interrogation, treat your interview as a conversation where you are opening up to an acquaintance. A few laughs and smiles can never be a bad thing. Whenever the interviewer asks a question, begin your response by directly anchoring on his or her specific inquiry, then following through with any additional information that is related to the position you are applying for.
Using your background from a previous job or your experiences in school, demonstrate the fact that you possess the skill set needed for the job and explain briefly how you’ve acquired these skills. You can also point out specific ways that your competence will prove useful if you are given the position.
It can seem like a lot of work, but making a good impression on an important interview really opens up the opportunity for you to be seen as a potential asset in a company or organization, and greatly improves your chances of getting the job.