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Crucial tips that will make the difference in any job interview.

Updated on September 23, 2013

Get your mindset right

This is one factor that a lot of people overlook coming into a job interview. You can be highly prepared with everything else and have everything down but if an individual doesn't have his or her mindset right then it's very highly likely that the interview will go wrong at some point.

Making sure that you get plenty of rest the night prior to the interview can assure you that you will not only have the energy to handle the pressure during the interview but you'll have the clarity of mind going into the interview as well. A good night's rest is always crucial and not to be underestimated.

Developing your communication skills

Another important factor that is crucial is having great communication skills, a person can have subpar to mediocre writing skills, listening skills or any other skills but having great to outstanding communication skills can compensate for lack of the skills because communication skills is a first - impression skill that interviewers or people alike will take notice of right away when speaking with.

Interviewers are keen to pick up every detail during an interview and will usually effect the outcome of the interview. So be aware of attributes such as; The rate of which you are speaking, speaking too fast may come off like you are nervous or in a hurry, speak with confidence at a pace at which you are comfortable with like you are having a normal conversation. The pitch of your voice at which you speak with is also important, speaking concisely and clearly is important. You don't want to come off like you're mumbling words. Tone of voice is very important as well, you don't want to come off as having a negative tone of voice to the point that the interviewer percieves you as coming off as negative but instead articulate your tone of voice in a clear, calm manner.

Develop your listening skills

While communication skills is probably the most important aspect a person can have, listening skills also can have just as an equally important impact during an interview process. It's important to always remember to pay attention to what is being said. Listen and comprehend. Actively listen to what is being said during the interview, shortly after interpret and comprehend and react to what has been said. This is where your communication kicks in and where it is important. It's important to listen and be able to distinguish between important and unimportant information, be able to filter what is being said and to react to what is being said. Also remember that having good listening skills also means being able to understand and comprehend what is being said and being able to ask questions that is related to what is being said. Asking questions lets the interviewer know that you are engaged in the interview and you aren't just sitting there uninterested in the position that you are applying for.

Body Langauge

Body language i consider is probably the hardest to learn and a person can go into an interview and not notice how their body language may appear to the interviewer, before you know it the interview is over and an opportunity has been missed due to bad body language. So in order to master body language one must make sure to take these following attributes into consideration; facial expressions, you want to have a facial expression that is pleasant, happy and confident. You don't want to appear in anyway distracted, distrought, angry or seem like you are in a hurry for the interview to be over with. Poise, being poise is another important attribute to body langauge. The ability to appear confident, while having an ease and dignity about yourself creates a positive image about yourself. You also want to have good posture while at the interview, you certainly don't to be slumped over the chair with both hands resting on the table or hunched over while speaking to the interviewer. Sitting up straight makes you look appear confident and ready. Another important thing to remember that might be a small factor is to not tap with your feet like you are in a hurry or fiddle with items on the table or tap with your fingers. Doing so makes you look as if you are unease and in a hurry. Last but not least always have good eye contact while speaking to the interviewer and also offer a firm handshake as well.


Personal care and Appearance

Personal care and appearance is a first impression attribute that is highly important during an interview process because it's the first thing that an interviewer first see. Always remember to get adequate rest before the day of the interview, you don't want to come to an interview looking tired with bags under your eyes. Always remember to keep facial hair groomed. Keeping even the small details in line will let the interviewer know that you are serious about the job position that you are applying for.

Determine what kind of attire that is required to wear during the interview, if it's formal, business or casual. I made the mistake once of coming to an interview underdress while everyone else came dressed appropriately. It's a mistake that if i had paid attention, could have been avoided easily.


Concluding comments

While everything i mentioned above are all important, it's always best to remember to be yourself. An interviewer will more likely appreciate that more than anything else, they definitely won't appreciate a person pretending to be who they are not. Prepare ahead of time. Familiarize yourself with most commonly asked questions during an interview. It's also always good to do a little research about the company you are trying to apply for beforehand if you aren't already. Remember that you probably aren't the only applicant applying for the position and that you need to take every detail into account to distinguish yourself and set yourself apart from other applicants. Lastly remember that a smile and a firm handshake goes a long ways.


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