Our experimented recruiters share with you the best strategies to use during your interview to stand out from other Job Seekers:
- The first 2 minutes of your interview are the most important: stand straight, make eye contact and connect with a firm handshake.
- Listen: from the first minutes your interviewer is giving you information (directly or indirectly). Use this information during the interview and show him you heard what he said.
- Adapt: Observe your interviewer and adapt your attitude towards his style and pace.
- Don’t talk too much: telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be fatal.
- Don’t be afraid of blanks: there is more power in silence than in empty sentences.
- Use appropriate language: use a professional language during the interview – don’t use inappropriate slang.
- Answer the question: listen carefully to the question and don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. It’s better to take a minute to think about your answer, than to fail answering it. On top of that, you miss the opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.
- Ask questions: dare to ask questions. If you say you don’t have questions to your interviewer, it shows no interest in what goes on in the company. The best questions are linked to your interviewer’s questions (ask for additional information): it demonstrates you listened actively and that you care about the same topics.
- Attitude is key: find the right balance between professionalism, confidence and modesty.
- Don’t be too familiar: an interview is not about making a new friend, it’s a professional meeting to talk business. Bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview, but don’t overstep your role as a candidate looking for an opportunity.
Reading these tips will not change your professional skills. But it can change how you come across in the interview room.
Do you have a question or comment about one of these tips? Or do you have another interview tip to share? Leave a comment below.
All the best!