There are some important things that you need to remember to do when you are invited to come in for a job interview. All job seekers should be aware of how to handle themselves during an interview in order to be considered for the position. The closer you follow the key points here the better chance you will have for leaving a good impression on the employer.
First and foremost you need to dress like a professional. Even if the job is not for an executive position, how you look in today’s job market does make a difference and to the employer it says a lot about who you are. Whether you want to believe it or not a lot of interviewers do take note of what someone wears to an interview.
Make sure that you start the interview with a smile and end it with a smile. No matter what the job is, how you might feel, you need to make sure that you smile the moment there is contact with the person who is interviewing you. During the interview however, don’t continually smile, you need to come off as someone who is serious and is paying attention during the interview. It also has a lot to do with the kind of job you are interviewing for. For example if you are interviewing for a sales or customer service position, keep on smiling.
Make sure that during the interview you maintain good posture throughout the entire interview. Whatever you do don’t let yourself start slouching in your chair. Make sure to always sit up straight and if you are a woman you should try to keep your feet together and even crossed at the ankles. Posture will communicate a person’s confidence as well as how well they appear to pay attention.
Make sure that when you speak you are using proper grammar and in complete sentences. And try to stay away from slang at all times. However; should the conversation turn to a more relaxed atmosphere it’s probably alright to be a little more lax in your speaking. Don’t let the friendliness of the interviewer catch you off guard so that you start treating them like your new best friend. Because they simply aren’t.
Make sure that all of your answers are direct and keep them brief. Don’t ramble on, people don’t like rambling answers. Only answer the question and try not to give them more information than what they have asked for.
Make sure that you have a copy of your resume with you. A lot of times the interviewer will not have it with them and will ask if you have a copy with you so they can go over it with you during the interview.
Also it is important that you ask questions. If the person gives you the open floor to be able to ask them make sure to take advantage of the chance to do so. Make sure that you come to the interview with at least two or three questions that you would like to have answered.