Confidence is the key to excel in all situations, especially so at job interviews. Confidence is visible in every moment, the way you enter, the way you look, the way you speak, the way you walk and even the way you sit. Let confidence shine all around you and through you. Your battle is half won.
WEAR THE RIGHT OUTFIT:
BE ON TIME OR SLIGHTLY EARLY:
GIVE A FIRM BUT FRIENDLY HANDSHAKE:
Since you need your right hand for the handshake, remember to carry your file and bag on the left hand. You should offer your hand in such a way that the hand of the interviewer covers your hand. This also shows the respect that you have for him. Your handshake should be firm because that means you are a confident person. Smile as you shake hands and maintain eye contact during the same.
MAKE THE ENTRY JUST RIGHT:
The moment you enter should be able to make the interviewer think that this can be the right person for the job. You should appear confident and calm. This isn’t the time to search for copies of your certificates or adjust your bag or hair.
BRING COPIES OF YOUR RÉSUMÉ:
Although you’re sure the company has your résumé, it never fails to bring copies of you’re just in case your interviewer needs to look at it and doesn’t have it in front of her
Have a nice folder for your résumé:
Just so your résumé doesn’t look like something cat dragged in, keep it in pristine condition in a professional-looking folder. Here are other important items to bring to an interview.
MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT:
You should make eye contact for a few seconds only, because more you do, it will amount to staring. Maintaining eye contact means you are paying good attention to what is being talked about and it also shows a good level of engagement at the interview. When there are multiple interviewers, you should maintain eye contact with all of them, by turns, of course. Not making any eye contact will make you appear diffident and intimidated.
USE YOUR HANDS CORRECTLY:
It is best to keep the hands in your lap or position your arms either on your either sides or on the table. Do gesture with your hands but subtly of course, because too much hand gesturing makes you look aggressive, which is the last thing you want to be in a job interview. Let your subtle hand gestures point to the passion you have about the subjects being talked about.
MATCH WITH THE INTERVIEWER:
You should match the positive body language of the interviewer. Mirroring the body language of the interviewer for it will help establish an engagement with him or her. Match the handshake, the nods, and the smile. You should also be careful in knowing how much mirroring is enough, as too much of it can make the interviewer uncomfortable.
MAINTAIN A GOOD POSTURE:
Always sit up straight during a job interview, for it means confidence. At the same time, move a little, lean a little so that they know that you are responding and listening to what is going around. Avoid a stiff posture. The posture should be in such a way that you look and feel relaxed. It shows that you are a friendly and calm person to work with.
MAINTAIN THE PERSONAL SPACE:
Keep a comfortable distance from the interviewer. The limit can be 20 inches. Too much closeness can make the interviewer uncomfortable and lower your chances.
KEEP A LOW AND POLITE TONE IN YOUR VOICE:
Do keep a voice tone that is audible yet not too loud or too soft. Speak slowly but in such a way that you keep the natural tone intact.
SHOW THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED:
Remind yourself that you have to show you are interested and hide any disinterest. It is by your positive reactions that you tell them that you are enjoying the conversation and you are very interested in the interview.
Always say thankyou for the HR after the interview. This is something that’s appreciated by a lot of recruiters. It’s also your chance to make a final impression or clarify anything you didn’t get around to in your interview.
LOOK AT ALL THE INTERVIEWERS:
When there is more than one interviewer, it is important to look at each of them while you are speaking, not matter who asked you the question. Just because one interviewer was rude to you does not mean you ignore the fellow completely.
Too much of concentration on body language can also make you look stressed, hence be aware of your expressions and your gestures but at the same time, look relaxed.
While you have to constantly remind yourself about your body language, it is also important to listen carefully and your face expression should say this clearly that you are listening intently.
While leaving, do not act in a jiffy. Collect your things calmly, smile and say a polite good bye. Shaking hands too is good at the time of departure and thank them for their time.