A Checklist for an Outstanding Interview

First, don’t forget to review your résumé to respond firmly and fluently without mistakes about the data in your résumé. Prepare a shining résumé. A good exercise is trying to anticipate and ask yourself some questions that your interviewer could ask. Bring along a copy of your résumé, just in case your original submission is lost. Finally, we recommend that you research all you can about the company to meet their expectations, constraints, labor and hiring philosophy, and so on.

Business Interview
Business Interview
  1. A professional appearance: It is essential to to attend the interview wearing appropriate clothing, no sports clothing or homespun.
  2. Show that time matters: You have no excuse to be late. Try to arrive at least five minutes before.
  3. A good introduction: Try to start your conversation naturally, without trying to pretend to what you’re not. You must wait until the interviewer directs her attention to you, and then greet her with respect and cordiality.
  4. How to take seat: First, we must wait to be invited to take a seat. You should adopt a comfortable position that allows you to hold the interview without changing, neither too relaxed nor too stiff. A good postures is important to offer an impression of energy and vitality.
  5. Respect the distance: Whenever two people are talking, there’s an intimate space that we should not invade. Therefore, we must place ourselves at a safe distance from the table.
  6. Dialog initiative: It is advisable to let the interviewer take the initiative and dynamics of the conversation. Avoid appearing too confident, too friendly and excessively likeable. Too much friendliness might raise doubts on the interviewer about what your real self is.
  7. Attention and look: It goes without saying that we must show great attention to the interviewer. Therefore, you’ll look at her naturally. Listen carefully to the interviewer to answer correctly and demonstrate interest.
  8. Keep a positive attitude: Remember that a positive attitude is very important for success. We must be positive about all the topics discussed in the interview. We should never show a pessimistic or pitiful attitude.
  9. Be honest: Attempt to answer the questions in a sincere and simple way, and don’t try to force a good image. Think about your answers but avoid long pauses, because excessive pauses are a sign of doubt. A lie can be detected quickly by checking the résumé and, in addition, many interviewers are psychologists. Keep your answers concise and brief.
  10. Use proper gestures: Body language is very important. If you know how to use this non-verbal ability to communicate, your interview might yield a very positive outcome. Avoid excessive gesturing: avoid playing with your hair, nose, scratching, playing with objects, tics, etc., because such gestures give the impression of insecurity and nervousness. Use facial expressions to reflect a proper mood. Use your hands to help illustrate ideas or actions which are difficult to verbalize. Several researches have proved that 65 percent of the conveyed message is non-verbal.
  11. No smoking: If you smoke, try not to smoke during the interview, because the interviewer may be annoyed or perceive your smoking as a symptom of anxiety. Even if the interviewer offers a cigarette, you should politely refuse to avoid displaying overconfidence.
  12. Answer like a professional: Try to always keep a professional tone, without looking like a robot, of course. Smile occasionally to communicate the image of nice person.
  13. Speak clearly: When answering, speak clearly and firmly, trying to vocalize well, without exaggeration and not very fast.
  14. Show interest: You must make it clear throughout the conversation that you are very interested in the job.
  15. Convince: It is essential to know how to sell your professionalism (training and experience.. You must convince the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job characteristics. Repeat your key strengths at least 3 times during the interview.
  16. Ask the right questions: The class of questions you ask and the way you ask them can make a great impression on the interviewer. Prepare some good questions in advance, e.g., questions regarding the company’s goals, the type of tasks, the schedules, etc. Let the employer to address the question of salaries, and try to remain flexible at this point to avoid the impression that your only interest is the economic. In any case, never speak about salaries at the beginning of the interview. And don’t ask questions that might seem weird or out-of-context.
  17. Farewell: Once the interviewer has finished her questions, it’s time to part cordially. Please, don’t try to force a verdict. They’ll make their decision, and you’ve done your best. All things fair.

Summarizing…

What’s a good candidate? They are surely looking for someone who is friendly, stress-tolerant, able to organize and plan, able to solve problems and look for alternate (maybe out-of-the-box) solutions, able to take initiatives, flexible mentally, trustworthy.

What’s a bad candidate? A passive, indifferent person. Someone having an inadequate preparation at the level that is required. Someone paying little attention during the interview. problematic, troublesome people. People who convey an image of anxiety, nervousness, and escape. People with an air of arrogance or overconfidence. More interested in the salary than in the work itself. People who don’t ask questions about the job characteristics, functions, tasks and goals of the business.

You might want to follow-up this article by reading A Shining Job Interview: How to Succeed.

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