No matter how many job interviews you have attended, they can still be a nerve-wracking experience. Even though most jobs do not require smooth-talking skills, getting through the interview often does.
While you will likely be discussing your experience and technical skills during a job interview, your interviewing skills are what can help you get the job more efficiently. This article will teach you what job interview skills tend to help candidates land a job and what you can do to improve yours.
1. Your Body Language
Most of us are unaware of our body language. Nevertheless, during a job interview, recruiters and interviewers will often pay attention to your gestures. So, you should be a bit more attentive to your body language and try to send the right message.
Lean in or sit up straight to show you are interested.
Keep steady eye contact to appear sincere, but do not just lock in a stare because you look aggressive.
Do not nod too much. Yes, you want to show agreement, but nodding too much might make you look like you lost interest.
2. Prepare for Common Interview Questions
Each interviewer has a different set of questions they are going to ask you. However, some common questions are going to appear during almost every job interview. Moreover, surprisingly, many candidates fail to answer standard interviews correctly.
Make sure to brainstorm a list of possible questions, such as “Why do you want this job” or “Do you have any questions for us,” and work on your answers.
3. Take Time to Reconsider Your Reply
It is very typical to feel under pressure during a job interview. As a result, candidates tend to rush their answers and fail to get their points across effectively. Therefore, the ability to plan a considered response to an interview question is of great value.
Of course, it is not advisable to sit in silence for a minute thinking about what to say. However, you can buy yourself some valuable time with the following tactics:
Repeat the question back to the interviewer
Rephrase the question to make it clear you understand what is being asked
Use phrases such as “That is an interesting question.”
4. Communicate Calmly and Clearly
In addition to taking time to consider your response, speaking calmly and clearly in high-pressure situations is a beneficial interview skill. Even when you take time to think of your response, you might get tempted to talk as quickly as possible so you can communicate as much information as you can.
However, this can make you look flustered, under pressure, and also a bit difficult to understand. So, do not forget to breathe and slow down when talking during an interview.
5. Listen Actively
Your mind can easily wander during an interview. For example, you might start thinking about your last answer or try to anticipate the next question. Nevertheless, this can prevent you from listening properly and hamper your performance further.
During a job interview, try to focus on your interviewer and what they are asking you. In turn, this will help you provide appropriate answers.
Has an interview coming up? Do not panic! Prepare in advance with these tips, and you will do a great job. Also, our team at Popcorn Recruiters can help you out!
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Once you apply to one of our open positions or join our talent network, we become your representatives – something like your personal agents.
First, we will chat to get to know you better – your needs, skills, interests, and requirements. Then, we will match you with a company we know you will fit in with perfectly!
Before you have a call or meeting with your potential employer, we will be more than willing to have a prep call with you to make sure you ace that interview!
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