By Tokunbo Fasoro
Interviewers tend to use the interview to try to determine who you are as a person. In other words, how you get along with other people and your desire to work. They will specifically try to identify as much as possible from how you behave. They will also pay attention to how you respond concisely, cooperate fully in answering questions and keep to the subject at hand. These are very important elements that influence the interviewer’s decisions.
Below are five tips to gain an extra edge in your interview.
Preparation is Key: Ensure you learn about the employer, the job and the organization doing the recruiting on social media. Find out what is happening in the employers field, try to identify problems in that field and explain why you think you will be able to solve such problems citing some of your specific accomplishments to make your case.
Relate yourself to the interviewers need: Once you figure out the type of person the interviewer is looking for, ensure you discuss your past achievements in relation to the employers need. That is why it is important to ensure you look for every opportunity to intern or volunteer when you have some free time so you would have gathered some experience and achievements.
Think before answering: Answering a question should be a three-step process. Pause – Make sure you understand what the interviewer is talking about
Think – Think about how to structure your answer
Speak – Ensure that in your answer you speak about how hiring you can help the interviewer solve his/her problems. Always remember that the need to recruit you is to solve a problem.
Remember appearance is important: Appropriate clothing, good grooming, a firm handshake, a warm smile and energy and enthusiasm are important. Maintain eye contact, nod in agreement, and remember to PAUSE, THINK and SPEAK
Make a good first impression: In most cases, the interviewer makes up their mind within the first few minutes of the interview. I could tell from your response to my first question “Tell me about yourself” if you have me or you have lost me. Click HERE on how to answer the question “Tell me about yourself”. It’s unlikely that a good first impression will turn to bad during the interview, but first impressions are almost impossible to overcome.
I have decided to put down a summary of what we pay attention to while interviewing.
- Appropriate clothing
- Good grooming
- A firm handshake
- The appearance of controlled energy
- Humor and readiness to smile
- Genuine interest in the employers operation
- Alertness and attention when the interviewer speaks
- Pride in past achievements or performance
- An understanding of the employers needs and a desire to serve them
Make good use of these secrets and get that dream job.
BI Empowerment team