Interview Techniques - part 3


Part 3. The interview

Your aim for the interview is to come across confident and positive. Follow these tips to help achieve that:

  • Smile and deliver a firm handshake.
  • Be pleasant to everyone you encounter – try to remember names.
  • Do not eat or chew gum.
  • Use proper grammar. 
  • Enjoy the interview – Be positive and confident. 
  • Body language – lean forward slightly to express your interest in the position.
  • Avoid fidgeting and overstating the case with the use of your hands. 
  • Look to mirroring the interview’s speech by matching your tone and volume. There is one exception. Always maintain a positive demeanor and high level. You may be the interviewer’s sixth interview that day. So, your positive energy may lift the energy level of the interviewer. 
  • Remember to answer questions clearly and do not waffle or ramble – keep it precise and to the point.
  • Practice active listening – when listening to the question acknowledge with nods and affirmative comments.
  • Maintain eye contact – if more than one interviewer – address the main speaker with the bulk of the questions, however remember to acknowledge the second party with part of the answer. 
  • Leave questions about salary and benefits until a later stage. If asked to say what salary you desire, answer with a question like, “What range do you have in mind for this particular role?” If the interviewer persists or requires an answer on the form, give a range. Use a realistic range based on the current market.
  • Remember to thank everyone for his or her time.
  • Deliver a smile and a firm hand shake and reassure the employer once again that the position discussed is ideally what you are looking for and you would like to think you would be considered for the next stage in the process.
  • Remember last impressions are nearly as important as first, so make sure you finish on a confident platform.