The Real Truth About Why You Might Bomb That Interview

Interview

So you finally got that coveted interview huh? With competition for jobs at an all time high you want to make sure that you nail it! Here are some things you need to keep in mind besides just the interview questions.

Interview

 

Prepare and practice! I can’t stress this enough.

“Preparation breeds confidence!”

So after the date and venue has been set, make sure you allow enough time to prepare for the big day. Lets prepare by talking about first things first…

First Impressions.

 

One of the main contributing factors to the first impression is the way you look. Sorry, there is no sugar coating this one. All to often appearance is glossed over.  Some might say that the inner characteristics of the person matter more, but in reality, you only have one opportunity for a first impression so we need to make it count!

And remember that first impressions do last, so the way an applicant looks really does matter-just as much if not more than the correct answers to interview questions. In fact the interview answers will be better received if your appearance itself commands respect.
It is also important to consider the surroundings and culture of the company you will be interviewing with. There is no reason to be over dressed or poorly dressed during this very significant day.  In fact, it is a good rule of thumb to always dress appropriately for any situation.

The rule of thumb should be to wear something that you feel most comfortable in and that will boost your confidence.

 

 TOP 10 DO’s AND DONT’S 

 

1) Avoid wild colored nail polish before the interview.  The same goes with long nails that could easily turn off some conservative employers.  These should be neat and very tidy looking.

2) Never wear jewelry that rattles and jiggles as you speak and move.  Try not to wear two or more rings or earrings.  Piercing aside from the ears is also a no no.

3) Professional hairdo also counts

4) If you are a woman, wear closed shoes.  Heels are very appropriate as this gives more confidence to an individual and sense of respect is also provided once they see the person wearing them.

5) Again, for the ladies, never bare those newly shaven legs.  If possible, use stockings regardless of the temperature.  But make sure not to use fancy colored ones.  Only use those made for neutral looking legs.  These should also match the shoes.

6) Remember that a good suit or dress brings more confidence as well.  This will also allow more comfort and chance for the applicant to answer comfortably or with ease.

7) Avoid short skirts for women.  Wearing pants or leggings are a no during interviews.

8) For men, the tie is still appropriate.  Avoid using turtlenecks.  If there is no suit and tie available, use a collared shirt or white long sleeves. Wear the appropriate blazers if you like,  just as long as they do not look outdated.  Do not use any leather coats or jackets.

9) Men must not use too much aftershave.

10) Women should be using bags that are not too bright and conspicuous.  These should be conservative and matching the dress. Any briefcase used must be in perfect condition.

Remember that the way a person looks equals the message he is trying to convey.  During the interview, this can either become a plus factor for the applicant or big loss. Keep in mind that the way you look must be appealing, fashionable but not loud. Consider the latest trends in the area or location where the job is located.

Once you have the look nailed down we can talk about the next aspect that plays a huge role in how an employer picks a new hire.

 

Body Language 

 

Just as summer sports and activities require a strong, fit body, your body language in an interview is equally, if not more, important.

In fact, human resources professionals agree that body language can telegraph the good and the bad about a candidate. In many instances, body language communicates more than the actual words the candidate shares with an interviewer.

 

The Top 4 Nonverbal Ques Your Prospective Employer Will be Noticing

1. The Hand Shake

Handshakes create a good connection through positive energy. When you shake hands, you can feel the energy of the other person. If the other person hands you a “dead fish,” you feel their lack of energy.

I worked with a guy once who would squeeze the first two sections of my fingers. It was like he was trying to get icing out of my fingers for a cake … his competitive energy came right though his fingers. It made me uncomfortable. A handshake can also make me feel good when I can feel helpful energy.

2. The Eye Contact

The same is true of eye contact. Good eye contact is not as easy as a handshake to label. It doesn’t always have the same tangible feel, but eye contact can have a more powerful impact than a handshake.

Positive eye contact is like using the express lane at rush hour. It’s direct, it’s fast, and it’s comfortable. I have been on the receiving end of many emotions when looking someone in the eye.

I have felt anger, sadness, happiness, warmth, joy, and love — all powerful emotions. The sender knew what energy they were sending. It was energy that evoked an emotional response not possible from a handshake.

So how do you make positive eye contact? I suggest you always decide that you like the other person. Even if you are in disagreement, let them know it’s not personal.

Send “I like you” signals from your mind to theirs through your eyes.
Some people may call good eye contact “charm” or “charisma.” When you send positive energy through eye contact, I call it “making a connection.”

3. The Posture

Posture sends the signal of your confidence and power potential. Stand tall, walk tall, and most of all, sit tall. I don’t say this to offend the “short people” of the world– I’m not tall by any means.

Height is not what’s important, posture is. And when you are seated, make sure you sit at the front edge of the chair, slightly leaning forward, intent on the subject at hand.

Your best posture is to always be learning forward slightly, moving within an overall range of no more than 10 back or 20 forward.

4. The Smile

It’s your biggest secret weapon. Candidates are often so worried about answering questions correctly they entirely forget to smile.

Smiling throughout an interview accomplishes several things: it shows the interviewer you are relaxed, it helps you relax, and it helps you project and show enthusiasm for the information you are sharing and the job you want.

Most importantly, a good smile shows the employer you are warm, open and friendly, which are desirable assets for all employees.

Regardless of your personal career background, skills, and underlying talents, if the first impression was never striking enough to make an outstanding appeal to the interviewers, nothing else counts.  This can be the potential employers’ initial interpretation of how an applicant will do on the job.

Whether that perception is fair, is irrelevant.

Do you want the job? Look the part and your chances for success are much greater!

 

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