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It seams like the best way to conduct oneself during an interview is to go in prepared, act naturally, and get a feel for the interviewers and their company. Yet many people overthink this. Interviews as they currently exist are pointless, irrelevant and redundant. Someone out there needs to understand that and create a recruiting concept that TRULY will answer – and allow – critical questions to be evaluated during interviews so to truly assess the robustness or what should aim at becoming a long-term fulfilling partnership. A position to fill is a MUTUAL critical life and wellness investment, not a MUTUAL “one size” fit all disengaged inevitable chore. However, interviews are to stand between you and your best job opportunity. So much so, here are 16 (sixteen) interviewing tips to get you prepared well for any job interview:

  1. It always helps to smile and dress appropriately. Create a mind checlist, so you can go through every single aspect of the way you come across – from clothes, hair, fingernails, to your briefcase or bag, how you shake hands, how you sit. No intimidation, a face to face is already a won step , the following steps are based on the feeling, our work and the personality.
  2. As soon as you meet your interviewer, work hard to connect with them straight away on a personal level, by finding an ice-breaking remark or question about a photo on their desk or an award on the wall in reception. Works exceptionally well for any kind of jobs especially police jobs and government jobs. If you don’t have Connector-type personality (and experience connecting with people), don’t even attempt it because it will put the interviewer off. Show him that you are the right fit and an ideal team player.
  3. Make sure you get in with an early question, ideally one that asks the interviewer to tell you what they consider the key components of the job. This will give you the perfect agenda to present against. First impression is the last impression.
  4. You are your resume. It’s always useful to have something you have prepared in advance – a short presentation, a document, something that demonstrates the quality of the work you do – but don’t oversell it. Let the interviewer discover for themselves how good you are.
  5. During the interview aim to ask the interviewer as many questions about the job and the company as they are asking you. You are trying to maintain a balance of power. The interview should be a two-way dialogue, not an inquisition. This way the HR or the interviewing panel can judge you inside 30 minutes.
  6. Anticipate their concerns. Plan ahead for the standard career related questions you will always be asked – such as, ‘Why do you want to leave your current employer?’ – so that you don’t need to worry about those and can respond naturally and confidently to any unexpected questions. You might want to also work on the answer to your last salary question.
  7. Don’t worry unduly about showing nerves: they prove you really want the job. A little dash of self-deprecating humour can help relax the mood. Relax. It is understandable that you are nervous during the interview but do not let it go out of control.
  8. Be upbeat, friendly, show you would fit in – and maybe send a thank-you note afterwards. It’s the important to speak your actual thought frank and honest. Communicating confidently should be your rapport.
  9. Practise answering killer questions in advance, so you have an original, relevant answer, and try to avoid the trite tactic of asking a question back. Work out what lies behind each question: what does the interviewer really want to know?
  10. During interview questions and answers, if you are fazed, take some time out. The easiest way is to ask if you can use the bathroom, which gives you vital time to reprogramme and reposition yourself, so you can return to the interview back on track.
  11. Ask if you could come in and meet the department before a second interview: Your department & the candidate’s overall relationship with its manager -or lack of- is essentially why 99% employees are unfulfilled and leave their job. Whether the Job specs and company have been “researched”, whether its “core values / culture” might fit yours, or whether you have demonstrated and shared business acumen , “passion” or “vision” for thebusiness or industry it evolves in.
  12. Try and get a feel for the company’s culture while you are in the building, and ask questions to find out more about it – you want to know if this a place you feel you could actually enjoy working in. The strategy behind upper management’s closed doors might impact on your job’s ultimate livelihood, but will not ever impact on your daily stress levels. As such, if theses levels become unsustainable, an employee is unlikely to factor the job description or company recent growth in his/her decision to leave. Lack of support or hope that his/her situation is likely to improve, will.
  13. Among interview tips, remaining positive and LIKABLE to be able to fit into the existing team is important. Stop looking for a job and start looking at how you bring value to the customer and meaning to yourself.
  14. Wondering if the post-interview ‘thank you’ note actually curries favor? Don’t forget to get feedback at the end of any interview. Corporates are no longer looking for numbers fill organizational charts but value each individual brings!
  15. Keep professional right up until you have left the building. Only relax once you are completely out of sight and out of earshot. You don’t want to blow your employment chances at the last moment with an unwise remark. You may find out the office and it’s personalities don’t fit with you as much as the other way round. The interview is always two-way, do you want to work with them as much as you fitting in to the way they work.
  16. Interlock your fingers and press palms together – concentrates the mind and stops the need to talk with your hands which can be distracting. While answering the interview questions, it is pivotal to focus on employer’s needs. If you understand their needs, then you can present yourself as the most likely want to their needs.
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