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How to Act During an Employment Interview

Updated on September 2, 2020

When you are due for an interview for a job that you are applying for, you have to give your best and answer the interviewer as straightforward as possible. An interview is an essential part of recruitment because it is when your potential employer gets his first impression of you. First impressions are important if you want to build your reputation and character from the time that you meet your potential boss. Job interviews should never be taken for granted as it is one factor that will determine if you will be hired or not. There are some things that you have to keep in mind during an employment interview. Here are some.

  • Dress professionally. The way you look should reflect the job that you are applying for. Wear a suit to your interview and keep the colors to a minimum. Wear a solid color with a touch of one bright color – either on the necktie or scarf. Wear sensible shoes and iron your suit prior to the interview. A creased and wrinkled suit will turn off your interviewer.
  • Familiarize yourself with your resume. Before you go to your appointment, go over your resume and memorize the important points like your previous employments, education, etc. When the interviewer asks you something that is in your resume, impress him by answering without looking down on it. It will show him that you came prepared for the interview.
  • Answer the interviewer’s questions intelligently. Be as straightforward as possible. Answer only what is asked from you. Use intelligent words to show your interviewer that you are educated and that will show him that you have a lot to contribute to the company. Never, ever use cuss words in your interview. It shows disrespect and puts you in a bad light.
  • Be serious. A job interview is not the time to joke around and make jokes about your interviewer. Save that for later when you become friends with your boss. For the meantime, show seriousness in your voice and body language.
  • Do not tell the interviewer things that are not related to the job you are applying for. Keep the information that you divulge to a minimum. Unless you are asked about your past relationships and family, tell your interviewer only the things that are relevant to the post.
  • Keep the conversation on a professional level. Show respect for your interviewer by being as professional as possible. Do not interrupt the interviewer while he is still talking. Talk only when you are asked.

Never act weird in front of your interviewer. Be yourself and impress your potential boss with your wit and character. Do not make jokes. Keep the atmosphere professional. With all the tips mentioned above, you are sure to ace your interview and bag that job that you have been wanting for a long time. With a smooth-sailing interview, your potential boss will be encouraged to hire you because of the professionalism that you will show during the interview. Keep in mind though that an interview and getting hired is just the start. Maintain your professionalism throughout your tenure.


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