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The hiring manager will want to see that you’re passionate about your field and the job that you’re applying for, so bring some energy to the room. “A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence,” Martin adds. “Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky.”
Prepare like a pro for your next job interview.
The last thing you want to do is show up late (or not at all ), says Martin, so get to the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. Moreover, “having extra time means you can take a few minutes in the bathroom to check how you look—tuck in your shirt, fix your tie, comb your hair—and fine-tune the image that you want to present,” Foggle says.
Learning how to listen —really listen—is a powerful thing. Some ground rules to follow: don’t interrupt when the other person is talking; maintain good eye contact, lean forward, and face the speaker directly; and put away your cellphone—“no exceptions,” says Casey Carpenter, a trainer and coach with D.C.-based communications training firm Global Public Speaking.
Hiring managers often conclude job interviews by giving the candidate a chance to ask them questions . While you may be tempted to skip this part and run for the exist, it would be a terrible mistake. Take full advantage of this opportunity. A few recommendations:
Following up is a critical part to getting hired, yet it's often overlooked. The goal, Foggle says, is two-fold: to stay top-of-mind and restate your interest. For example: “Hi Tom, I’m just writing to let you know that I am still very interested in the position. Please let me know if I can offer any additional information, such as letters of recommendation, that might be useful.”
Foggle says some job seekers make the mistake of donning distracting attire. “Don’t do anything to the extreme, unless you know that that’s the culture at the company,” she cautions. “Wearing too much perfume, too much makeup, too many designer logos—those are the things you want to avoid.”
Nothing is more impressive than arriving at an interview and being prepared and well informed about the company - its values, goals, history, current events, and who you might be meeting with.
Todd Davis, the CPO of FranklinCovey, commented on one particular interview he did. The candidate was well prepared and knew and understood more about the company than many of the existing employees. Davis was so impressed that he directly took the candidate to the CEO's office.
The more you prepare and practice, the more confident you’ll feel when your career aspirations are on the line in the job interview.
This confidence will help you eliminate unattractive nervous habits (like saying um, uh, like) and feel more in command of your answer and body language.
Hunting for a job is a tricky process and may have many pitfalls. Many of us are not accustomed to having these kinds of conversations or handling the power dynamics of a job interview. There can be many scenarios and awkward situations that we need help with.
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