Millennials are dismissed as technology-obsessed and entitled, while it’s assumed that older employees are less driven or innovative. You need to fight these stereotypes if you are a millennial.
To guide the interviewer’s assessment of you, make sure your answers set you apart as an ideal worker. That means being a quick and dedicated learner with stellar communication and computer skills. You should also be flexible and have a success attitude, which means you’re focused on productivity and ways to improve your performance as well as that of the company.
As your interview wraps up, the employer will likely ask if you’ve got any questions. At this moment, you’re being handed a golden opportunity to make a good impression, but it’s also a chance to figure out if the job is the right one for you.
Interviewers pay a great deal of attention to the questions that job-seekers ask. What you’re curious about can say a lot about you, which makes it essential to avoid queries related to salary or payscale.
While some applicants will blurt out whatever comes to mind, this will only make them seem silly and unprepared. Instead, take the time before the interview to write a list on a piece of paper that you can take out when asked for questions.
Doing so will demonstrate to the employer that you really took the time to research the company and consider how you can help it succeed.
For this purpose, it’s appropriate to prepare around ten to 15 questions. From there, you can also ask the interviewer about something that he brought up during the interview that made you curious.
Or, if your questions were answered over the course of the interview, be sure to say so explicitly. For example, you might say, “looking over my list, the questions I had regarding your training policy have been clearly answered.”
And, last but not least, while it has already been said, it is important to emphasize that in an interview you should never ask a question about wages or benefits. Just take the view of a top manager at AT&T who claims to judge prospective hires solely on the questions they pose, which he says shows a great deal about their motivation.
For him, if a candidate only asks salary-related questions, they come off as solely concerned with money and disinterested in the actual job. That’s not to say you should never ask these questions. It’s just a better idea to ask them once you’ve been offered the job.
The modern office may have a relatively casual dress code, but appearances are still a huge factor during interviews. It’s simply not OK to dress casually for a job interview. If you don’t present yourself appropriately, you’ll have lost the job without even opening your mouth.
This is especially relevant during the initial round of interviews. In the first few moments, employers will analyze your appearance and decide if you look right for the job. They’ll focus primarily on your clothes and your personal hygiene.
Dirty, wrinkled clothes or missing buttons are an immediate failed recipe. Beyond that, your clothes should be clean and well fitted, your nails should be clean and trimmed and, if you’re a woman, you should avoid making up overboard. Stick to tasteful applications and simple, suitable jewellery instead.
By presenting yourself neatly, you’ll show the employer that you’re capable of representing the company. Enter with your most polished foot forward!
Yet aesthetics just aren’t that. You will also practice your nonverbal communication skills as well as your eye contact and handshake. Nonverbal communication is important as it can be greatly revealing. For this reason, during an interview, your movements, gestures and facial expressions make a good impression.
To nail this, start your interview in the best way possible. Smile at the recruiter and offer her a firm handshake. Don’t wreck that first impression with a subpar handshake.
From there, focus on eye contact, which is crucial to a successful interview. Being able to maintain eye contact will show the employer that you’re confident and trustworthy. And finally, don’t be afraid to smile, as long as it’s natural. Nothing sends a warmer message than a brimming, sincere smile.
Interviews are an art, and by following some helpful tips, anyone can land the job they want. To impress your interviewer, answer her questions in 60 seconds or less while tying your responses to your main strengths, experience, and the skills relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
A little tip for you. Send a handwritten thank-you note to follow up after your interview.
Interviews are an art, and by following some helpful tips, anyone can land the job they want. To please your interviewer, answer her questions in 60 seconds or less while tying your answers to your core attributes, expertise, and the skills related to the role for which you’re applying.
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