7 Tips for Improving Your Interview Performance

Congratulations! You received the long-awaited call from a hiring manager inviting you for a job interview. Now it’s time to prepare for the meeting so that you give yourself the best chance at a job offer. You’ve heard that there are no second chances to make the right first impression. Well, that statement was never truer than at a job interview. With all the keen competition for the top jobs, you need to set yourself apart from the crowded field. Here are seven suggestions for doing that:

  1. Sharpen your nonverbal skills

Making eye contact and standing straight show you to be a confident candidate. And don’t forget to meet your hiring manager with a firm handshake. Even though these three tips might sound simple and insignificant, they will set the tone for the remainder of the interview and could spell the difference between success and disappointment for you.

  1. Dress appropriately

Don’t make the mistake of wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt just because you’re interviewing for a blue-collar job. That’s giving a strong signal that you don’t care. It might not be necessary to wear a suit, but you want to dress for the company culture and be well-groomed. You can always call them and ask about their dress code.

  1. Listen carefully

Your interviewer will be giving you information throughout the meeting. Listen and acknowledge that you understand what was said. An essential part of communication is employing good listening skills, and this is the perfect opportunity to do that.

  1. Don’t talk yourself out of the job

You should be telling interviewers only what they need to know. That’s why it’s so important to be well-prepared. Read the job posting, and match your skills to it. Point out how your qualifications fit with the company’s requirements and stick to that script.

  1. Watch what you say

Stay away from the popular slang words, and speak in a professional manner. It should go without saying that you should not talk about anything that could be construed as sexist or racist. And avoid topics such as religion and politics. They are likely to kill your chances for a job offer.

  1. Adjust your attitude

Confidence is a wonderful attribute, but being cocky will not impress a hiring manager. You can talk about your skills, education, and other qualifications and still maintain a humble attitude. A perceptive interviewer might interpret your overbearing demeanor as a coverup for an actual lack of confidence.

  1. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, the hiring manager will ask if you have any questions. It’s always a good idea to ask a few. It shows that you care and want clarification on some of the information you were given. It also helps you to decide whether this is the right place for you to be working.

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