Seize the Opportunity and the Job: The Interview



So, you’ve submitted a killer Curriculum Vitae and supporting documents. You are ahead of the pack by a mile. You are thrilled about the employer requesting an interview later this week.

What do you do next?

The interview is the most stressful and important part of job hunting. This is where the employer makes a decision about whether you will be hanging out with them in their office or hanging out somewhere else!  Flub it here and all your efforts from networking to application will go down the drain.

1.  Dress for success

It goes without saying that you must look the part.  We expect trainee accountants to be formal, professional and slick.  We may not expect the same from a circus clown.   Dress in your best attire for the interview.  It is the one time that you are allowed to splash out on yourself without feeling guilty about it.

2. Research Rocks

Never go to any interview without researching the company.  Without research, you are starting the interview on the back foot.  How do you realistically expect to provide quality responses without knowing the company?   By dropping a few tidbits about how well you understand the company, you are creating a bond with the interviewer about what matters to them.  Research rocks the interview.

3. Watch Your Body Language

Some interviewers are well versed in body language.  Throughout the interview, they are looking for hints about your personality and character.  They are wondering why you play with the pen every 65 seconds or roll your eyes at their questions.   Pay attention to defensive body language, whether you are looking down at the floor, folding your arms or avoiding eye contact.

4. Confidence

Walk in with the confidence of a candidate that has already been hired.  Respond with the confidence of a professional that knows their stuff.   When talking to the interviewer, let them know that you are confident about yourself and value.  Even when you are stumped for a response,  remain confident and cool.   Employers draw inferences, rightly or wrongly, from your confidence or lack of it.  Nobody wants to hire a candidate that comes across as being unsure of who they are and where they are going.


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