Job interviews aren’t fun experiences when you are the on being interviewed. You get really nervous. Cold sweats. Shaky hands. Butterflies the size of monarchs. These are only a few of the many things that we feel when we are about to get into that room for an interview.
If you’re like me, you would even feel these things while the whole interview is ongoing. More often than not, you would say silly things that you would later regret having said. You sometimes would even get taken aback by a question that it would take a few minutes to respond. The horrors of a job interview.
This doesn’t have to be the case every time. Here are some tips to make it go smoother for you, impress the interviewer and even land the job:
No amount of preparation can truly prepare you for the job interview itself because after all, you never know what questions will be asked. Just do the best that you can.
Research on the most common questions and practice answering in front of the mirror. It is important that you at least have an idea on what the questions will be so you won’t have to panic looking for answers when the time comes.
First impressions are crucial. Make sure you dress appropriately. Plan your outfit the night before or better yet, days before to make sure you have everything you need. You are usually expected to dress business casual unless stated otherwise. Have a folder with your resume ready too. Interviewers always ask for this. Never forget a pen and a paper.
The moment you walk into the room is the very moment the interview starts. Walk very calmly towards her/him. How you shake the interviewer’s hand can leave an impression. If she doesn’t offer her hand, initiate it.
Grip it a little firmly but not too tight. Hold that for 2 seconds, while shaking very lightly. When she gestures for you to sit down, do so and thank her. She will most likely ask how you’re doing. The best response is anything positive and don’t forget to return the question.
As the interview is about to start, take a deep breath to calm yourself down. I have learned that this is an important action as it calms me down even for just a bit. Whenever you find your heart racing and are about to get very nervous, take another deep breath. Don’t be too obvious though.
Listen to every question that she asks and make sure that you look her in the eye. Don’t try to intimidate her though. It wouldn’t hurt to put a small smile on your face. This way, you would look pleasing.
If you find yourself blacking out or speechless, it is okay to take a few seconds to gather your thoughts.
When she says it’s done. Slowly get up and thank her for the interview. It will also matter if you mention her name so do it as you thank her. Shake her hand again as you say goodbye. If there is someone else in the room, thank them too and shake their hands.