A fantastic resume can do a great deal towards making someone look attractive to a potential employer. Multifaceted experience in both work and education both play a major factor in standing apart from a crowd of other applicants. A great resume and even better experience won’t do much for someone who fails to impress on an interview. The interview session is where the jobseeker attempts to sell him or herself in the eyes of an employer. Developing critical skills to succeed during an interview must become a top priority for a job hunter.

Did previous interviews lead to undesirable results? If so, then you really need to rethink how you approach interviews. In fact, you may need to increase your knowledge base regarding how to do well during an interview. Otherwise, the same disappointing results are going to repeat themselves over and over again. Career options won’t exactly improve if this is the case.

Deliver and Demeanor Count

Start recording yourself answering questions in a mock interview. Make both an audio and video recording of the quasi-interview between you and a friend. Upon reviewing the recording, seriously examine how you look and sound. Does your voice come off sounding too monotone in its delivery? Do your facial expressions never change? Are you presenting yourself in a vibrant and enthusiastic manner or do you seem a little bit like you are sleepwalking?

Deliver and demeanor mean a lot to a potential employer. When you falter with both, it won’t seem like you really care very much about the job. Just as enthusiasm rubs off on people, so does disinterest. It doesn’t matter that you really are interested when your presentation indicates disinterest. Perceptions create a reality.

Review recordings of your performance. Note your deficiencies and fix them. Doing so may improve the outcome of the next interview. In an interview, you must sell yourself. Sales skills aren’t limited to what you say. How you act means a lot, too.

Prepare Questions to Ask During the Interview

Surely there is something you want to know about the job and the potential employer. Asking questions of the person conducting the interview helps you better determine if the company is right for you. Another purpose exists for asking serious questions. Being inquisitive helps establish you are truly interested in joining the company. Someone who has no questions to ask probably won’t come off as a person who really wants the job.

Coming up with questions shouldn’t be too difficult. Performing basic research into the company and the available job should lead to coming up with hosts of queries. Invest some time doing the necessary research in order to come up with those highly-necessary questions.

Bring Necessary Materials to the Interview

Going to an interview empty-handed might not be the best strategy. What if the interviewer asks you for something that you can’t comply? The situation could become very awkward and you create a poor impression. Make sure you have extra copies of your resume, cover letters, reference contact list, and any other supplementary material that might prove valuable. For example, if you are a blogger, bring a hard copy printout of top blog entries you wrote. Don’t place yourself in a position where you are asked for something and fail to present it. The consequences could be disastrous.

Follow-Up After the Interview

Little things such as sending a thank you note to the person who granted the interview may greatly help with making a good impression. Sending a “thank you letter” after an interview is frequently recommended and frequently overlooked. This simple gesture of appreciation can cast you in a good light, which never hurts when competition for a job remains fierce.

 

by: Vincent Stokes