Interview Techniques to Get You Hired
Getting a job now is harder than ever. Use the following tricks to make sure they pick you.
Many years ago, it was easy to get a job so long as you had the experience and qualifications. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. Less than one out of every 100 candidates will be hired for the position (Zety.com). That means that when you apply to a job, the chances of getting hired are less than 1%!
If you made it through to an interview, you might be wondering how best to increase your chances of getting a job. You might be looking for star interview techniques. By letting your personality shine, minimizing distractions, and paying attention to body language, you’ll be on the road to success. If you dress well and ask great interview questions, your chances of getting hired are even better!
If you’ve got an interview coming up, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Let your personality shine
The saying ‘be true to yourself’ might be trite, but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad advice. By being relaxed and open, you’ll allow the recruiter more of a chance to connect with you. You don’t have to limit yourself to work related questions, either- you can build a connection with your interviewer by asking them about other subjects. How are they holding up this year? What new hobbies have they picked up? It’s that connection that will help carry you through the all interview stages, and eventually get you hired.
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Whether you’re meeting in person or online, it’s important to minimize distractions. It’s easier to do this with in-person interviews: simply turn off your phone and focus on the interviewer. In online situations, it can be a little bit more complicated than that.
When interviewing online, choose a quiet area – such as a home office or spare bedroom- where you can have the interview. If possible, have a blank wall behind you - wall decorations can distract both you and the other party. Ideally, the desk where you have your interview should also be free of clutter. Make sure that your voice is easy to hear and that your webcam is angled properly. Before the interview starts, do a test of your setup to make sure everything is working as it should. You want to come through crystal-clear as you’re dazzling your interviewer.
Pay attention to body language
Ideally, you want the interviewer to be relaxed and open. You can monitor their mood by paying attention to their body language. Are they smiling and nodding? Or do they have a blank, distant look on their face? Paying attention to these small signs can give you the edge in an interview. By noting- and reacting to- body language, you’ll be able to control the flow of the conversation. If the interviewer is bored, and you notice, you can pull them back in immediately.
If you have a hard time reading body language, you’re not alone. Do your best- you’ll probably be better at it than you think! Going into the interview with a positive attitude can make a big difference. An interviewer is more likely to remember a can-do attitude and a big smile, so be sure to bring those to the meeting.
Dress for success
Dressing well can help build your confidence and impress your interviewer. It can also be a good idea to dress how you would every day on the job (unless the job offers casual dress). When choosing an outfit, be sure to pick one that you like. This will help build your confidence. If your field is a creative one, experiment with a splash of colour. If your field is more professional, it’s best to stick to neutrals.
When interviewing online, take some time beforehand to test. Boot up your camera and see how your outfit interacts with your background. For example, if your wall is blue, you may want to avoid wearing a blue shirt. The last thing you want to do is blend in. Make sure that the wall behind you is clean as well- this will help make a good first impression.
A true star interviewee comes prepared with their own questions. The right questions can help you further your connection with the interviewer. Pick three or so questions- more in the later stages- to help you see whether the position is right for you. Though we don’t usually think of it this way, you should also be interviewing the company back. You want to make sure that both the company and the position are a good fit for you.
Asking questions such as, “What’s your favorite thing about working here?” will allow you to deepen the connection between you and your interviewer. It will also help you make the decision about whether this position is a good fit for you. Most importantly, the best interview questions give you a chance to tie your skills and experience back to the position. A few other star interview questions you could ask include:
• “What does success look like in this position?”
• “How will this position be judged during a performance interview?”
• “What qualities would the successful candidate possess?”
• “Do you have any concerns about my skills or qualifications for this position?”
Once you make it to an interview, you might be wondering what you can do to ensure that you are the successful candidate. There are a few star interview techniques that you can use to help your chances of success. Let your personality shine, minimize distractions, and pay attention to body language. You should also dress well and ask great interview questions. If you do this, you’re more likely to be successful. Good luck, and thanks for reading.
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