- Category: Advice & Tips
- Published: September 28, 2012
- Written by Ashley Kirkwood
Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a current job seeker, having impeccable interviewing skills is necessary for success.
To ensure your interview is a success, follow these seven steps.
Dress to Be Remembered - Avoid wearing the typical interview uniform, the all black suit with no personality or character. When dressing for an interview wear something that will make the interviewer remember who you are. You can dress conservatively with style. Men, wear a distinctive tie and ladies wear a scarf that will add character to your wardrobe. Look professional but avoid boring attire.
Make Eye Contact - When you first meet your interviewer you have less than 30 seconds to make a first impression. The worst thing you can do is give a weak handshake and avoid eye contact. Be sure to make eye contact with the interviewer.
Talk at a Steady Pace - When you are being interviewed your nerves can get the best of you and cause you to talk extremely fast. It is important that while you are being interviewed you talk at a constant pace.
Know your Resume - This may seem like a no-brainer; however, not only should you know what is on your resume, you should know the details of your past experiences. For example, if you spoke with 40 customers a day at Company Y you should be able to quote that number in your interview. Also, you should have completed enough company research to answer each question with Company X’s needs in mind. This will help the interviewer see you as their future associate.
Tell a Story - When you are answering interview questions be sure to tell a story. All of your answers should have a background, introduction, climax, and conclusion. Your goal is to paint a picture in their minds that will stick. (Assuming your completing a behavioral interview)
Answer the Questions Asked - Be sure you are answering the question that is being asked of you. Don’t oversell your accomplishments, tell the 100% truth about your skills and abilities and allow the facts to draw them in. Always remember to show your personality. Allow them to draw conclusions about you based on what you’ve done. Be sure to give them sufficient evidence as to why you’re the perfect candidate for the position.
Leave Some Collateral - Never leave the interviewer empty handed. I recommend bringing some professional collateral to leave behind. In addition to a resume I suggest creating a biography that will give the interviewer a personal look into your professional life. Leaving marketing plans that you’ve created for former clients is a great way to stand out amongst your peers. Whether you leave a spectacular resume, marketing plan, or biography never leave them empty handed. Once you leave let your professional collateral speak for you.
Ashley Kirkwood is a career consultant and chief consultant of A. Nicole Career Consulting