Interview skills are learnt. Do your pre-interview homework, learn what questions you can anticipate and how best to answer them. Practice and preparation are key for a successful interview.
2. Be prepared
3. Dress for success
4. Be punctual
5. Attitude counts
- Listening skills. Make sure you listen intently, let the Interviewer complete his sentences and you don't interrupt. At the same time, show interest in what he is saying and ask pertinent and interesting questions. Good active listening skills are essential in any role.
- Enthusiasm. In many cases, you may not be ideally qualified for the position, or you may have a steep learning curve ahead of you. You need to demonstrate to the Employer that you are e xtremely interested in the position and have the drive and ambition and keenness it takes to succeed! Enthusiasm is contagious and employers are always keen to add enthusiastic members to their team in the hopes that their positive attitude rubs off on the team and lifts the general spirit of the workplace. Your positive attitude will impress the interviewer as long as it is genuine and not overplayed and he will leave the Interview with a favorable 'feel' about you.
- Eye contact. Maintain professional eye contact with the Interviewer. Looking away continuously suggests distractibility and disinterest. Looking down suggests shyness and lack of confidence. By all means though keep it natural and feel free to nod your head and smile and even laugh where appropriate. Try to avoid staring the employer down, nodding superfluously or fixing a fake grin on your face out of nervousness.
- Emotional Intelligence. You need to demonstrate to the Interviewer that you have a high level of emotional intelligence and are willing and able to detect and adapt readily to new environments, demands, people, work styles etc. The Interview is a good place to demonstrate this. Be sensitive to the Interviewer's personal style by paying attention to his general behavior, his demeanor, his office space and the types of questions he asks, and tailor your answers and tone and pace of delivery accordingly.
- Professionalism. Above all, be professional. Respect the Interviewer-Interviewee boundaries at all times and do not behave in an overly friendly or casual fashion with the Interviewer. Avoid bringing up your personal life unless in a directly relevant manner, do not comment on politics, religion or any other controversial topics dear to your heart, do not stray from the Interview topics and keep your answers factual, honest and professional.