Interviewing for a job is one of the few things that never gets easier—despite age, qualifications, and life experience, the interview remains a challenge. So much rides upon the ability to make a great first impression. An interview provides an earned opportunity to prove yourself right for any job, and with these simple tips, you’ll be sure to impress.
Approaching an interview with confidence is a sure way to impress your potential employers. To help give the impression that you are a confident person (even if you’re feeling uncertain), stand for two minutes (before your interview) with your hands held high above your head—this decreases stress hormones and increases your overall feeling of power and ease. It’s been proven that we instinctively raise our hands in triumph when these feelings are naturally produced. In a study of individuals blind since birth, they raised their hands upon finishing a race—an action that was the result of pure instinct. For an added boost of optimism, place a pen in your mouth. The forced smile will make you feel happier and thus more confident.
Research indicates that we communicate with words only 30% of the time—70% of messages we’re relying come from nonverbal cues. When you’re in an interview, avoid gestures that indicate weakness or apathy. Crossing your arms and rolling your eyes are a great way to tell employers that you’re not that interested. Tilting your head to the side (while you may only be listening) can signal confusion. Instead, sit upright and shake hands firmly, no matter your gender. Don’t cross your legs, maintain eye contact, and speak confidently.
You’ve likely been told that good listening skills are crucial in friendships. The same is true for employment relationships. Your ability to listen well demonstrates your potential as a good team member, tells your employer that you’re likely to do tasks right the first time, and suggests that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job done. In an interview, lean forward to demonstrate that you’re listening, and partially repeat the question as part of your answer. Never interrupt the person or people interviewing you—this can be seen as a sort of power struggle and can be very off-putting to employers.
Of course, you should also dress professionally, though it may vary depending on your field. Jason Hartman recommends always dressing for the job you want, not the job you have—this might mean a little extra effort. Plan ahead and bring a copy of your application materials to refer to as your potential employer does. Be polite, be professional, and be employed! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukelai/6989289099/)
The Young Wealth Team