Having a Successful Interview
The interview is one of the most difficult things in life to prepare for. Many people study information about the company and the potential job. This sort of information may help, but knowing about the company and having job specific knowledge may not be enough. You have to read the interviewer and be who they want you to be. Are they looking for someone friendly who will get along with fellow co-workers? Are they looking for a technical genius? Are they looking for a commander to steer their ship, or are they looking for a soldier to take orders and work in the trenches? When in Rome act like a Roman. In other words, be who they want you to be. It is amazing how many people cut their own throats. Think before you speak.
Job interviews generally last a few hours. Your interviewer will never really know who you are in this short time period. When they ask you a question they will judge you by the confidence of your response. If you are not confident in yourself, how can anyone be confident in you. Never fidget with your hands, or use words such as “I think”, or “I don’t know”. If you are going to be confident at any point in your life then this is the time…at the interview. There is no shame in failing, the only shame is in failing yourself. Go into an interview with a negative attitude and you will certainly receive a negative result.
Go into an interview smiling, holding your head high, shake hands firmly, look them in the eye, and give answers with confidence. Speak the Queen’s English. Make sure your attire is business professional! Appearance is everything. Do your best to sell yourself! To have a successful interview, you must close the deal and get the job. If you can’t close the deal, be constructive and ask yourself how you can improve your chances for your next interview. Correct your shortcomings and get employment!