Your work experience can help you a great deal on job interviews, however how you present yourself (including your experience) may be the deciding factor on whether you get hired or not.
Listed below are some of the other skills you can practice that will help you get the job.
1. Let your body language exude confidence in the first 4 minutes
Did you know that interviewers only need 4 minutes to decide whether they will hire you?
So, it is crucial to exude confidence from the moment the interview starts.
You need to show you are confident immediately, not by talking too much about yourself, but with your body language.
Your body posture during the interview plays a critical role in conveying confidence to the interviewer.
How do you do this then?
You should smile, make eye contact, and sit with your back straight. Avoid fidgeting with your pen, looking down or touching your hair and face constantly.
When the interviewer is talking or asking a question to you, learn to lean in to show you are interested in his or her conversation.
2. Give specific examples in your responses
Answering interviewers’ questions with general answers, such as “I am good at solving crisis situations,” would make it harder for them to understand whether you are a good fit or not.
It’s always good practice to draw on your personal work experience and give examples of specific situations.
When an interviewer asks, “How would you solve a crisis situation?” start by saying “When I was working for XYZ company, we had a similar situation,” and proceed to explain how you dealt with it.
Painting the picture of how you went about resolving a situation or delivering a given critical assignment creates a powerful positive impression and memory in the mind of the interviewer and shows you can be the best fit for the role
3. Kick away all negative expressions in your interview conversation
If you use expressions such as “I didn’t,” “I haven’t,” or “I can’t,” that negative connotation will stay in interviewers’ minds.
You should always try to use positive language, even if you haven’t come across something in your work experience.
Instead of saying “I have never been in charge of such a task,” say “I have done similar tasks that I believe would help me to successfully handle this role.”
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4. Ask role specific questions to show your interest in the position
Not asking any questions means you are missing out on an opportunity to find out valuable information, and to make sure that is the right job for you.
If you don’t ask any questions, it might signal that you are not that interested in the job.
When asking questions, try to be specific, such as “What are some short-term and long-term goals for my position?” or “what does the organization consider as success in this role?”
5. Familiarize yourself with your resume content again
Many of us write our resume at some point, and then just add new work experiences without revising it completely.
Imagine being asked by the interviewer about something in your resume yet you have no answer for the same because you never revised the same? It speaks volumes albeit negatively.
Look closely at your resume before the interview and make sure you know all the facts.
Also, interviewers might not have copies of your resume, so make sure you have a few extra copies with you, and make sure all your things are well organized.
You don’t want to waste valuable time going through your things looking for something.
You risk looking unprofessional and it would be highly unlikely they would hire you if you are unorganized.