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>Tip 1 - Show you want it
A little enthusiasm during a job interview never went amiss, let’s face it, you’ll come across far more interesting than someone with none. Enthusiasm may seem an unnecessary component when compared to your skill set, knowledge and ability; however giving interviewers visibility of your budding enthusiasm, without being too over the top, will leave them with a lasting impression of you, and your passion. Cynthia Bragdon, owner of Urban Indigo, a gift store in Oakland, Calif, reported to Forbes that her most eager applicants quickly made her “A List”. Bradgon says, “If they seem aloof, I get very worried, because any job requires commitment”. In summary, if you’re aloof in the interview you’ll be aloof with customers.
So there you have it, your first shining moment to ace that job interview, be enthusiastic!
The great thing about using social media, is that you can save a lot of time by researching the company and its people in the business, based on their presence on these social platforms. Try not to use this as gospel, but it will definitely give you a good head start. Begin with the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you’re scratching your head at this point, don’t! Because unless you’re in the 80s team, get cracking and use the fun stuff to find out the hard stuff. You can be a subtle yet effective social media stalker.
Without eyeballing the interviewer, look your potential hiring manager in the eyes. Positive eye contact is one of the best job interview strategies to follow. Maintaining natural eye contact in a friendly manner, is one of the strongest forms of non-verbal communication that there is. In this day and age with smart phones and various gadgets, if you’re unsure of your eye contact ability or lack there-of, engage in a role play of an informal manner by videoing yourself. As the saying goes,
‘Your eyes are the windows to the soul.’
An interview is a two-way street. Feedback given from your potential employee is important, not only for yourself but will show that you’re generally interested about the company and its mission.
Jacquelyn Smith from Forbes details thirty questions that can be asked during a job interview, for example:
Asking the right questions will show you’re prepared.
Be honest with your potential employers; hey you’ve made it thus by impressing them with your cover letter and CV. What’s the sense of faking it during the interview, if you really want the job, and really believe in the company and its goals, then be the truest version of you in a professional manner. If your interview is an audition for a role in the next Hobbit, then go for it! But if not, then there’s no point in acting your way through this one.
There you have it, a small fraction of the top 5 job interview tips and tactics that you can follow pre and post job interview. Your killer instinct complemented by your ace interviewing skills will set you up for a positive result.