(1) Storytelling – Avoid just giving answers only e.g. yes, no I did this & I did that. Use short stories to highlight your skills, accomplishments & experiences. They also help to keep the interviewer(s) engaged as long as they not long winded.
(2) Don’t Beg – Employers/interviewers will never be impressed by anyone who shows that they are desperate for the job. Show your confidence & sell your skills, abilities & strengths so show them how ideal you are for the job.
(3) Know the Interview – There are two things to know going into an interview. Firstly, show how you’re an ideal candidate for the job role & good fit for the company. Secondly, see if job & company are a good fit for you too.
(4) Don’t Control – Never try to control your interview in any way. Remember, that you’re sharing the stage with the interviewer(s). Know there is etiquette to follow. Trying to control the interview will only result in one thing…….rejection!
(5) First Impressions – Start from the beginning of the interview as you enter the room to demonstrate confidence. Stand up straight, make good eye contact, a good professional handshake & smile.
(6) Don’t Drone On – It important to sell yourself & evidence what you are telling the interviewer. However, when doing this, keep to the point & don’t waffle on. You want to keep the interviewer engaged not bored!
(7) Remember Boundaries – No matter how well your interview is going, never be over familiar with the interviewer(s). There are boundaries & level of respect you must follow. Acting all chummy is defiantly not the thing to do!
(8) Never Assume – Assuming what questions mean without fully understanding will not help you. Ask them to clarify anything you don’t understand so you can answer the best you can.
(9) No Emotions – Interviews can test you and make you feel challenged. No matter what, you must not show anger, frustration or any other negative emotion. Stay cool, calm & collected. If need be, take a quick second to compose yourself.
(10) Ask Questions – Asking questions about the job role & company shows you’re not only interested but you want the job. No questions will not impress and will likely not get you the job!