People come to an interview with similar resumes, skill sets and qualifications, so what can set you apart from the herd is your behavior during these interviews. Softskills need to be re-iterated to yourself and practiced over and over again to make them a part of your nature. Along with technical know-how your softskills will be judged for compatibility with the team. Let us look at a couple of points which could help you in your next interview
- Physical Actions: When in the interview room usually a chair would be presented in front of the interviewer walk gently towards the panel, offer a firm handshake, make eye contact and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by the interviewer, if you are not asked to sit immediately wait until the interviewee asks you to sit. While seated fidgeting or shaking of legs is a big no. sit comfortably and keep a good posture. Do not tap your fingers on your knees or display signs of impatience or uneasiness, easier said than done but still it is vital to try to make a conscious effort to keep a check. Don’t go extreme with your body posture be straight but not rigid and do not sit on the edge of your seat. . During the interview do not take any calls or read any text messages.
- Language: Most interviews would require you to speak fluent English. Even if English is not your first choice of language do not worry, if the job that you are applying to does not require public interaction then the interviewer will only check for audibility and good fluency, do not try to speak in a manner you would not normally do. Using of big words will not impress the interviewer being crisp and to the point is what they will look for. Like when speaking in public when talking, try to minimize the use of fillers like “uhh’s” and “umm’s” pause take a second to organize your thoughts and answer fluently. Always address the interviewer with Mr, Mrs or Dr. unless directed to do otherwise.
- Manner: While speaking it is very important to be audible at all times. Do not make the interviewee ask you to repeat what you have said. When asked a question you may not be sure of the answer , it may be wrong but answer confidently don’t try to sound unsure and look for help from the interviewer, also do not be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Be enthusiastic in your answers; show that you want the job at the same time do not seem desperate. Do not ask about the salary and benefits until the subject is brought up by the interviewer, also don’t make it seem like your interested in the job because of its geographical location. Have intelligent questions prepared at the end of the interview on questions which you did not know the answer to in your prior research about the company. After the interview take notes about the critical points and write a thank-you letter immediately to the interviewer.