You would have done everything right, starting with writing your resume to having your job application review done and got an interview scheduled, and now all you need is to ace it to get the job. But in spite of all these, you still find yourself walking into the interview with your stomach in knots and wondering how to go about it so that the whole process can progress without a glitch and you land on the coveted job, here are a few useful tips which can be of help.
- Get the direction
Instead of giving your time to fretting and premonition right before the interview, immerse yourself in a book or article written by confident, successful, people who may have struggled with similar things that you do and come out on top. By identifying with their struggles, you can consume the energy and self-assuredness which works havoc in an interview.
- Equip yourself with the right knowledge
Find out about the company’s milestones, mission, and vision and so on. You can use the social media channels to understand the company profile, the competition and even about the person who is interviewing you. The more you know, the more confident and empowered you will feel.
- Be prepared
Always stay on your toes and be ready to explain yourself when required. For example, detours on your CV are no cause to be nervous. In case there is some time lapse, be honest and explain what you acquired during that time off and how it will serve you in the job you’re applying.
- Create a lasting impression
First impressions matter a lot. Mastering first impressions is a fundamental part of understanding how to ace a job interview. Research shows they’re an essential part of any job interview. Optimize first impressions from the starting by framing the conversation with a few well-rehearsed sentences concerning how you want to be recognized because it will end up being the base for the whole process.
- Express yourself well
According to psychology, if two speakers speak identical words, but one speaks a little louder and faster, with fewer pauses and more significant variation in volume, that speaker will be assessed to be more, knowledgeable, energetic and intelligent. Expressive speech, with least noticeable breaks, and a slight modulation in volume and pitch, raise credibility and magnifies the impression of intelligence.
- Connect on a personal level
Don’t forget to relax, smile and be yourself. Though it is an interview, it’s necessary to come across as someone that people would want to work with. A study featured in the American Sociological Review proposed that, rather than the most skilled candidate, employers are more likely to choose someone that they have more in common with. Your skills got you the interview, but what is more likely to get you the job is your personality.
So gear up to crack the interview, with a smile and confidence and luck would follow suit!