Finding a job in today’s economy is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Good job opportunities are few and the competition for them is fierce. In this article you will find Three Interview Tips that you should immediately put into practice. These tips will increase your chances of landing your dream job.
Tip # 1 Handshake:
Give the interviewers a firm handshake. This will show them that you are confident of yourself. Make sure your hands are free of sweat (usually caused by being nervous). Not everyone likes to shake hands (for various reasons), so always let the employer take the initiative.
In one interview we actually gave a small bow to the (female) interviewers instead of shaking their hands (and left them half flustered). This tactic might not work all the time and needs to be done with humour. It is better to stick with the handshake unless you are confident that the bowing will go down well.
Tip # 2 Negativity:
Whatever you do, never say anything negative about yourself. You are trying to impress the employer so they give you the job, so don’t give them an excuse to pass you over by talking about your flaws and failures.
At one interview we attended, there was a smartly dressed guy who had managerial level experience. He made two vital mistakes. When he answered questions, he hardly looked at the interviewers and directed most of his answers to thin air. Secondly, he talked about his past failures. These two simple practices got him eliminated.
Of course, everyone has failed in the past. But there is no need to mention it. Look at it this way. Let’s say you are running a catering business. You tell a potential client (who needs catering for his wedding) that there was a time when you accidentally got orders mixed up. What will the potential client think of you?
Tip # 3 Company:
Do your background research on the company, its industry and culture. It will only take about 10-20 minutes of your time. At the interview stage you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. You need to demonstrate that you have knowledge about the company by asking smart questions.
Ask questions about the industry the company is in. For example, if the company is in the agriculture industry, maybe there are new laws and regulations coming into force that could impact the company.
A question could be: ‘I was reading up on the new regulations (state them) which are due to come into force. How will these affect the company?’
The question shows that you are intelligent, know current events and care about your future with the company (you have long term goals to be with the company). Interviewers will admire you for your sharp insight.
You can then ask basic questions about company culture and job (shift patterns, training etc).
You need to keep questions relevant to the position, and leave questions about pay, holiday and bonuses until the end.
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