1. Do Your Research
Taking time to prepare is the most conscientious thing you can do before an interview.
We always recommend thorough and detailed preparation before interviews. You’ll be at amazed how well your interviewer will respond to a display of even the most rudimentary knowledge about the company. It shows that you care enough to go the extra mile, are committed to the job role and that you’re not wasting the interviewer’s time.
There are several questions that you’re pretty much guaranteed to be asked during an interview: “Why do you want to work for this company?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?”—to name a few.
2. Dress the Part
It’s said “DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT, NOT THE JOB YOU HAVE”
It’s always better to overdress than underdress, but do some sleuthing and find out what the corporate dress culture is before you walk through the door. A dark suit (jacket and pants or skirt) and a crisp white shirt, manicured nails, simple make-up, and clean, professional shoes will be perfect in most cases. And, definitely avoid dangling earrings, too much perfume, and multiple, clanking bracelets.
3. Brush up on Body Language
Body language is an extremely important detail of proper job interview etiquette. One of the best ways to connect with people and build trust is to look them in the eye. Most people when they’re under pressure, don’t smile, and appear nervous and lacking in confidence. It’s amazing how something as simple as a smile can project confidence and leadership…even if you’re a nervous wreck.
Bring your things in a bag or portfolio that’s easy to hold and can neatly contain everything you need — you don’t want to appear encumbered or disorganized. During the interview, find the right balance for your energy. You want to be upbeat without being aggressive.
4. Learn to buy yourself time.
If you are stuck somewhere during the interview, there is no harm in asking for some time to think and relax, rather than getting nervous and blabbering out some nonsense. Ask for a glass of water, even if you’re not thirsty. This little prop can help buy you time to formulate an answer to a difficult question or just give you a moment to center yourself.
5. Don’t Over-share
There’s a very fine line between bonding with your interviewer and over-sharing. It’s important to be open and friendly as they’ll be assessing how you’d fit into the team, but only share relevant parts of your life with them. Always read the job description and other instructions so that you can analyze why the recruiter is asking certain questions and what he may derive from your answer. Always be in command of where your interview is heading to, rather than letting the recruiter drive it. Be prepared for all the possible questions a recruiter may ask from your resume.
6. Show Gratitude
At the end of your interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time with that good firm handshake. Even if you don’t get the job this time, showing appreciation for their time can help you build a professional relationship with them.