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Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 5)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

Interview Tips You’ve taken all the necessary steps to prepare for an interview, but what happens when you get there? There are subtleties that are very important. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are being judged. In other words, when you step out of your car…it’s showtime.

Firm HandshakeThe first moments of your arrival and introduction telegraph a lot about you. If you’re nervous, take a couple of deep breaths, try to change your state by imaging yourself in another place – perhaps one in which you feel calm and confident. I can’t tell you how important it is to walk in displaying a positive, friendly attitude. Smile and give a firm handshake. Use formal greetings, “Nice to meet you, (their name).” “Thank you for your time.” Be conscious that your posture is upright and you make eye contact. I think you get the idea. Save the street slang for the street. But I do want you to be aware of creating rapport. Listen to how they speak and notice how they move. Whether it be consciously at first and then subconsciously, you can use the same language and movements. Think of it as mirroring their general style, speaking tones and speed. Building rapport is critical during an interview. You want to be remembered, and if they feel comfortable with you and impressed, you’ll have a great shot at landing the job.

Feel confidentThere are of course some things you shouldn’t do. Don’t act overly relaxed. Take the interview seriously. Don’t slouch. When reviewing your job history, never bad-mouth former employers or co-workers. If your experience in the past was less than positive, you still need to take the high ground. Tell the interviewers what positive experiences and learnings you got from each job. If the interview doesn’t seem to be going as you had played it in your head, don’t be discouraged. Some interviewers play games just to see how you react, and they’ll detect a shift if you begin to react negatively or discouraged. Remain positive and remember be true to yourself.

You got the interview, so there’s something about you that interested them. Keep you head and confidence high. More tips tomorrow.

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