Get the job you want
AUTHOR: Amanda Vickers
The first seven seconds of an interview can mean success or failure. Research shows that people rarely change their view afterwards no matter how qualified you are for the role, so the impact you make at the outset is crucial for your success. There are certain things you must avoid at all costs, because many interviewers have a problem with them, including: being late with no good reason, carrying shopping you bought on your way and having clothes that are dishevelled. Be friendly with receptionists and everyone you meet. Staff members are sometimes asked to chip in with their views.
Interviewers seek to uncover information about how closely your experience matches the competencies required for the role. The questions they ask give you a chance to demonstrate your capabilities.
Six secrets for making an impact with your answers
- Make your answers clear, concise, coherent and compelling
- Explain precisely what part you played when describing achievements
- Choose a task thatís reasonably challenging rather than humdrum
- Just like an exam Ė make sure you answer the question they ask
- Ask them to explain or repeat a question if you donít understand
- Be enthusiastic about the results of your actions
Thereís nothing worse than getting to the point where itís your turn to ask questions and not being able to think of anything to say. Remember itís a two-way process. So donít be afraid to ask challenging questions about the role and the organisation.
When the meetingís over itís easy to be tempted to relax. Big mistake. Youíre still on show all the time youíre in the building. Maintain your energy and enthusiasm. Ask them what happens next if they havenít already made this clear. Thank the interviewer, smile and shake their hand if they go to shake yours. Say something positive like ďI look forward to hearing from you next weekĒ.