Interviews can be daunting and nerve-racking. You may be perfect for a specific role but unable to land a job because your interview skills aren’t that great. Consider the following to make a lasting, positive impact on the interviewer:
Being prepared is quite an obvious tip, but so many interviewees don’t understand what being prepared entails. To adequately prepare, you should research:
– The history of the company including when it was developed, changes in business owners and why this occurred
– How many employees there are, how this has grown throughout the years, and the nature of employment, i.e.. working remotely, working in various offices, etc.
– The core values, mission and philosophy of the business
– The story behind why the company was developed
– How the business has grown in terms of success over the years
– The skills needed to bring the company further profit.
Flexibility and adaptability
Being flexible and adaptable is an invaluable skill for all employees. If you are flexible and adaptable, it shows that even if your skillset does not meet the job requirements, you will be able and willing to learn and expand on your skillset to be able to still perform the job. Willingness to learn and go outside of what one knows to satisfy what the business needs is a promising and useful quality.
Presence is extremely important in interviews. While, given the specific industry of the vacancy, you may be required to look a certain way (professional, etc.), the presence you bring can make a bigger impact. If you look the part but are dull and uninteresting, chances are your interview won’t be a memorable one. Being likeable, friendly and confident are major influencers in whether you will be successful or not. Coming across as a know-it-all can also tarnish the impression you give, so be careful not to seem as though this is the case due to nerves. Having some questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview is also always a good idea.