Landing the interview is arguably the second most stressful part of the job interview process. But now you’ve landed the interview and find yourself sitting in front of your potential new boss: how do you manage? here are my tips for remaining cool, confident and collected during your dream job interview.
> Breathe. Before and while answering every question. There are few things more awkward than finding yourself gasping for air in the middle of answering the question, “How have you demonstrated qualities of leadership in the past?” Taking a deep breath before you first begin to answer a question is also helpful in making sure that you start off speaking at a reasonable pace. Remembering to take deep, quick breaths helps you maintain that good pace and provides natural pauses during your response.
>Eye contact. But don’t be creepy. The general rule of thumb for eye contact during an interview is to look your interviewer every few seconds as you’re driving home your selling points. By doing so, you’re relaying to your interviewer that you are confident in yourself and your abilities. Seems trivial, I know, but trust me, it will work to your advantage.
>Smile, when appropriate. Don’t walk into your interview smiling like a crazy person, but you want to show (or give off the impression) that you feel comfortable in the space and with your interviewer. However, you want to make sure that your smiling is appropriate to the questions you are being asked. For example, if you are asked about your weaknesses or past issues you may have had with employers/coworkers, it might not be the best idea to show your pearly whites. Just smile naturally and when you’re describing your exemplary skills or lessons you’ve learned.
None of these factors alone will get you a job, but they definitely won’t hurt your odds as long as they are used appropriately. Just remember to be yourself during the interview because if you do get the job, you want to be happy going to work.
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