Have you ever wondered what the person on the other side of the desk was thinking? Sometime when we interview we become caught up in a variety of emotions and fail to show the interviewer that we are the perfect candidate! Overwhelmed by the possible questions they may ask, their posture, the jotting of notes on the pad, and the silence in the room, can lead to anxiety and an overall failed interview. This is not fair to you because you are obviously qualified for this position; did they not call you?
Perhaps, if we knew what the person on the other side of the desk was looking for in a potential candidate, it would make the interviewee more comfortable. I asked several people what do they disliked most about interviewing and I found that anxiety from the lack of knowing what the interviewer was expecting. Here are three timely tips a successful interview.
- Tip 1. Don’t be yourself, be your professional self! This means you should come in with your game face on. There are many applicants competing, but you are the BEST applicant for this position. Be well groomed; including professional business attire. Make eye contact with your interviewer especially during difficult questions it shows that you are confident when challenged.
- Tip 2. Take ownership. Sell yourself! Before you start your interview tell yourself that you are the best candidate for this position. When you assure yourself, you will definitely be able to sell yourself to your interviewer. Don’t hesitate to acknowledge your accomplishments or any skills you may have that would benefit your new organization.
- Tip 3. Know your organization. This is very important and often neglected during the interview. It is important to know the organization and its’ culture. You want to make this organization apart of your life so you should know as much about it as possible. Find out about the interviewer, knowing them will make you feel more comfortable. Also, ask questions! This shows you have done your research and you are interested.
In conclusion, it is important to have a game plan when going on an interview. By reviewing these tips you will not only feel more confident, but it will definitely show! You will not have to endure any more failed interviews where you walk out with a sigh. By following these tips you can walk out with the confidence you deserve!
Shirlanna Washington is currently a senior at Troy University pursuing her B.S. in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.