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It’s not what you say, but how you say it! Conducting yourself in the interview!

The time that you arrive for an interview can be regarded as the first statement you make. When you arrive early, you are making a statement that you can be expected to arrive early after you are hired.

Warmly greet the staff you encounter before the interview as you may leave a negative feeling if current employees feel that you were aloof. In addition, warmly greet the interviewers with a degree of enthusiasm. How you say the greeting is even more important than the actual words you use.

The way you dress for the interview can be regarded as another important statement. It says this is who I am or this is my standard. So dress the part and look professional and business-like. Without speaking one word, you have set the expectation level about what to expect from you.

During the actual interview be genuine. You are the best you that there is. Don’t try to be anyone else.

Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious and the interviewers would prefer your enthusiasm to someone else’s boredom.

Listening carefully to the questions of the interviewers is extremely important. It would send a strong message to the interviewers if you completely misunderstood a question, and gave an inappropriate answer. Unintentionally, you would have said to the interviewers “I don’t care enough to listen carefully to your question.”

Your body language speaks volumes about you. Sit upright during the interview. Slouching is not likely to impress the interviewers. Use hand gestures only to make or reinforce points but don’t allow your gestures to become distractions.

Finally, maintain eye contact with the interviewers when asking or answering questions and nod in agreement from time to time to maintain the rapport. This builds trust and confidence between the interviewers and the candidate.

 

Contributed by Rohan Malone, RACR, B.Sc.

Senior Associate – Talent Acquisition

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