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5 Interview Etiquette Tips for Job Seekers 

 

As a job seeker, you must rejoice when receiving a call saying that you are getting a job interview. Like, finally all the hard effort is worth the wait! 

Receiving calls for an interview invitation is good but it is just half the battle won. Acing the interview is the key to getting the job. You will likely meet strong competitors during the recruitment process and only the best will go to the next step. Therefore, it is always important to stand out from the rest. But how? You might ask. 

There is no second chance in an interview. It is either you make it or break it. That said, why not spare no effort to ace the interview? These five points would surely help you ace every interview that you have to go for and land your dream job!

Preparation

Imagine yourself walking into a room with a few pairs of eyes staring at you to assess the way you carry yourself and speak. It is liken to an actor entering the stage to perform. As much as preparations and rehearsals are important to an actor, your preparation for an interview is vital too. Practise makes you more confident as you are clear on what you have to say and do. Here are some ways to prepare for an interview:

  • Get ready to answer several common questions like ‘Why did you apply for this job?’ or ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’

  • Familiarise yourself with the background of your selected company 

  • Practise in front of the mirror to evaluate yourself and make improvements where necessary

You might despise such simple preparation, but you would be surprised by the amount of help it provides during the interview. However, ensure that you do not regurgitate your answers, like you have memorized a script.  

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Punctuality

Always arrive at least a few minutes before. No employer wishes to hire someone who turns up late for work. Arriving late for an interview reflects badly on you. These few minutes could be used to settle yourself down and prepare yourself for the interview.  

Presentation

Did you know it takes only about 7 seconds to form a first impression of a person? As such, the way you present yourself to the interviewers from the moment you step into the room is crucial. The first impression you give affects the rest of the interview. Make sure that you do the following:

  • Appropriate dressing – Ensure that you are well groomed but do not appear flashy

  • Offer a firm handshake

  • Maintain eye contact – Good eye contact shows you are confident and sincere

  • Put on a smile – A smile helps to calm you down and appear easy going and friendly

An interview is more than just answering questions. It is a two-way communication between you and the interviewers. Therefore, asking questions is a must. By not asking any questions, it could show that you are not interested. But of course, make sure your questions are relevant.  

Posture

When you walk in, stand straight and be confident. During the interview, sit up straight. Your body language speaks a lot about you. By slouching, it shows that you lack confidence and are incompetent.  

Politeness

Be polite to everyone, even to the receptionist. When you enter the interview room, greet the interviewers by their proper names and titles. You would want to leave a good and lasting impression on the interviewers. Remember to thank them for their time after the interview. It does not end right here! Sending an email to the interviewers after the interview to thank them would definitely leave a lasting impression on them.   

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