Surely, everyone would like to work in a large company, hold a high position, get a good salary, communicate with foreign partners and go on business trips abroad. However, this requires passing one short but extremely important test – an interview with the management.
Some naively believe that an expensive suit and a red diploma are all that is needed in order to please their future boss. Well, let them continue to think so. And right now, we’ll take a look at helpful tips that will surely help you get through any interview and get your dream job. Interesting? Let’s go!
Tip 1. Always stay calm and confident
Excessive anxiety and uncontrolled excitement at the interview prevent the future employee from opening up to the management and showing his best side. Sloppy speech, trembling voice, constant “sorry, sorry” – all these factors can bring a long-awaited interview to nothing in a few minutes.
But what to do? How to get the better of your emotions and feelings?
Just ask yourself one simple question – what happens if you don’t get an interview? Will the planet stop after that? Will close people turn away from you and stop loving? The answer is obvious – of course not!
Therefore, treat the interview with restraint and without unnecessary emotions. This is just an ordinary conversation with the management of the company, where something supernatural and impossible will not be required of you.
Tip 2. Conduct “information intelligence”
Before leaving for an interview, you must definitely find information about this company, its employees, the specifics of its activities and mission.
Agree, any manager will be pleased if the candidate for the position is well aware of the company’s activities and is ready to offer his own vision of its development. In addition, if possible, try to learn as much as possible about the personal qualities of the leader, his manner of communication, character and temperament.
Knowing these subtleties will definitely help you quickly find a common language with your boss and will definitely increase your chances of getting a dream job.
Tip 3. Prepare your answers to the “standard” questions in advance
It just so happens that almost all managers ask the same questions during interviews.
However, many applicants consider these questions “primitive” and answer them without hesitation. At the end of the interview, such “would-be employees” receive a very common answer – “we will call you back … but this is not certain.”
It is important to understand that by asking just a few questions, such as: “tell us about yourself”, “what are your plans for the future?” or “why did you choose our company?”, an experienced leader can understand in a few minutes who is in front of him and what can be expected of him.
Therefore, it is extremely important to find the most common interview questions on the Internet, carefully study all the nuances and prepare answers in advance in order to be fully armed.
For example, to the question “What are your plans for the future?”, you shouldn’t answer that you want to make more money and start your own business. Such employees are of little interest.
Instead, you might reply that in the future, you would like to come up with some innovative ideas or strategies that will help bring the company internationally.
Tip 4. Non-verbal communication is your interview assistant
When talking to your boss, be sure to use clever non-verbal or sign language techniques.
Some people think that such a technique of accompanying oral speech does not make sense. But they can’t even imagine how high the effectiveness of non-verbal communication during a business meeting with colleagues or a regular conversation with friends is rated.
The fact is that using non-verbal communication skills, you can demonstrate the sincerity of your attitude towards the interlocutor, literally showing him that you are with great interest and pleasure in the conversation. In addition, gestures and facial expressions can help you out in the event that the situation cannot be described in words. Your gaze, your posture, light hand movements – all this will help you quickly find the right way to interact with your interlocutor and make the conversation much more interesting.
Tip 5. Take the lead in time
Practice shows that, as a rule, an interview lasts about 30 minutes, less often – about 1 hour. Be prepared for the fact that during all this time questions will be asked not only to you but also by you.
In order to understand when to start asking questions, you need to carefully monitor the phrases of the leader. For example, after the remarks “ well, it seems, there are no more questions” or “in general, we have received all the information of interest” you can safely start asking.
Do not be afraid to ask questions that interest you about salaries, bonuses, vacations, working conditions, business trips, sick leave. In fact, the manager likes it when employees ask questions, so you shouldn’t hesitate to do it as often as possible. The situation will be much sadder if you say that you have no questions and leave silently.
Tip 6. Perfect appearance
The proverb “They are greeted by their clothes, but escorted by their minds” is especially relevant for an interview.
Your appearance says a lot for you, so make sure it fits.
Tip 7. Offer your resume and portfolio to your manager
Coming to an interview “empty-handed” is bad taste, which means that the candidate for the position was too lazy to prepare for an important event. Be sure to write a short resume and a meaningful portfolio with your best work and accomplishments.
Before starting the interview, be sure to hand over your documents to your boss so that he can slowly familiarize himself with them during the conversation.
When preparing a resume, try to note your most important characteristics. Do not overload the manager with too much unnecessary information. Similar requirements apply to your portfolio. Let it include only a few, but very high quality and meaningful works that will attract the attention of the manager.
Tip 8. Eye contact and smile
Some hiring managers seriously believe that if new hires avoid eye contact and constantly look at the floor and at the ceiling, then such people can hardly be trusted with responsible work and empowerment.
Another group of recruiters believes that candidates for the position should definitely smile, and sometimes even joke.
According to them, overly serious individuals with “stone” and imperturbable faces are often so responsible in the performance of their duties that it goes beyond reason. For example, they can force themselves to work 24/7 and demand the same from their subordinates.
Tip 9. Turn off your mobile phone and come to the meeting in advance
Being late for an interview automatically lowers your chances of getting a job. Philosophical wisdom says: “it’s better to arrive 3 hours earlier than 3 seconds late.”
The next important tip is that phones and other gadgets should be turned off and put in a bag. Use a watch to check the time. To write down important information – a notebook or notebook.
Tip 10. Respect other candidates for the position
If the interview is of a collective nature, and there are several candidates for the position, then the manager can set a timetable for the performance of each of the employees.
Follow the allotted time and don’t interrupt your colleagues.
Tip 11. Whatever the outcome – do not lose self-control
The result of an interview is hard to predict and foresee. Nobody can guarantee you unequivocal employment for the desired position. In the event that you are still refused – do not panic and even more so do not throw a tantrum. Calmly ask your manager a reasonable reason for the refusal, wish you a good day and leave.
Looks like you’re ready for a job interview! Calm, only calm. Get your suit, portfolio, resume ready and go to bed early. An extremely important event tomorrow – your perfect interview.