Succeed in a Job Interview

Your resume and cover letter have caught the eye of an employer.  Congratulations!  Now it’s time for a face-to-face meeting so that you can seal the deal.  Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your job interview.

Be Prompt

Even though it may be a cliché, arriving to an interview early is a very good plan. You’ll be much better off being there too early than even just a little late. Getting stuck in traffic or missing the bus are lame excuses. For an important meeting like this, you should take these factors into your planning. And if you get to your appointment early, you don’t have to immediately go in. Consider possibly checking out the neighborhood as opposed to waiting in the hallway or waiting room, which would only add to your nerves.

The First Meeting

For most interviews, after you have announced yourself at the reception or to an employee of the company, you will be asked to take a seat.  When someone comes to lead you to the interview area, it’s best to let the other person takes the initiative, as opposed to jumping up like an anxious puppy, running over to greet them. Shake hands firmly and look straight at the other person. If there is a panel interviewing you, make handshake-shutterstock_8382580sure that you introduce yourself to each of them.

After the initial introduction, let the interviewer point you to a seat.  Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. Invading personal space (anything closer than a foot and a half) could make the interviewer feel awkward and take the focus away from your conversation.

Body Posture

During your interview, try to adopt a posture that’s a balance between relaxed and showing interest.  If you slouch or hang sideways in your chair, you’ll give the impression that you don’t care.  However, sitting on the edge of your chair can come across as being tense and ill-at-ease.

When the interviewer speaks, to turn your head and shoulders toward him and lean forward slightly.  Make good eye contact.  These actions show that you are interested in what he has to say.

Also, pay attention to the posture of your interviewer.  Adopting similar posture can reflect that you are in agreement.

Don’t Worry About Being Nervous

Even though you may think that it’s best to hide your nervousness, it may be somewhat advantageous. No doubt your interviewer will understand. Plus, your nervousness, as opposed to nonchalance, will show the interviewer that this job is important to you.

Say Goodbye With Grace

At the end of the interview, gather your things and thank your interviewer.  Look him in the eye one last time and let him know you appreciated his time.  Make sure your goodbye handshake is just as confident as the one when you first said hello.

Keep you cool as you depart the building. You are a professional.  Only when you are back in your car, should you breathe a big sigh of relief and relax.  Even though you may have kicked butt, the last thing you want is some elaborate end-zone dance to kill your chances of being hired.