Interview Habits You need to break
You're almost there. Your resume scored you the interview, now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. An interview is a company’s way of putting a face to an application or resume. The first 30 seconds of your interaction with the interviewer is what determines their impression of you for the rest of the interview. Therefore, limiting the number of bad habits displayed in front of the interviewer can increase your likelihood of getting a callback. Below you'll find the 6 best tips to help you prepare for your next interview.
Since you make a lasting impression in the first 30 seconds of meeting someone new, your facial expression must be an approachable one. Of course, it’s not a deciding factor but it is definitely beneficial for the process. Try practicing a pleasant resting face so that in-between questions and at first meeting your interviewers could make good assumptions of your character. Another reaction to keep an eye on would be the amount of nodding involved in response to interview discussion, suggestion, and questions. To control it, visualize yourself nodding instead of actually nodding.
Body language speaks volumes during an interview. Slouching is one of the biggest perpetrators in this category, If you’re used to slouching on a regular basis you may want to practice sitting up straight. Slouching can be an indicator of laziness or disinterest. Another major act of poor body language is fidgeting. If you are fidgeting with your hands, feet, hair, or anything else you may tense up during the interview. Fidgeting is a sign of nervousness and can exaggerate that feeling during an interview. To keep yourself from fidgeting try not drinking caffeine the day of the interview or locking your fingers in between each other to force them in position.
The method of your speech has to match the content of your speech. When adding in too many long and awkward breaks in which you are either silent or have a verbal pause of an “um” you may be much harder to understand. To avoid those breaks, practice your speech beforehand and make sure that you think of multiple scenarios in which you may have to answer questions.
To make sure your interviewer feels valued you should not use your cell phone, check your watch, or any other things that may take your attention away from the interview. A single distraction might make you miss an important part of the interviewer’s questioning or make the interviewer feel like you don’t value their time.
Content of Interview
What you say is definitely the most important part of an interview. When asked a question do not ramble about pointless details, try to focus on content your employer is looking for and get straight to the point. You don’t want your interviewers trying to pick apart aspects of your experience that interest them and in the process lose value for what you are saying. Also, when an interviewer asks you a question or is speaking about something you might feel passionately about, do not interrupt them. Follow the questions from beginning to end which can help your interviewer get their point across, feel in control, you can take time to process the question and answer, and you won’t seem disrespectful.
The Most Important- Email a Personalized Thank you note
Thank your interviewer within 24 hours of finishing. It not only shows your gratitude, it also combats recency bias if you interviewed early. Not to mention, it opens the door for dialogue even if you don’t get the job. Sometimes, recruiters reach back out on the same email thread months later, mentioning new job opportunities.
Interviews can be nerve-racking. A group of people judging you on a 15-45 min interview to determine your future definitely warrants nervousness, but practicing control and good habits can greatly improve your interviewing performance not just to impress your interviewers but also to give you more confidence in your interview.