Part 2: 5 Ways to Be More Interesting at a Job Interview
Posted: February 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Author: Chris Davies
Now that we have the additional tips out of the way, we can focus on how you can be more interesting to your interviewers.
#1 Body Language
People forget how important this is, and while your interviewer may not be an expert on the subject, there are a few signs that we all know. Here are the main dos and don’ts for body language during an interview.
Maintain eye contact throughout the interview. This shows engagement, sincerity, and trust. Of course, not everyone is able to maintain eye contact, and this can be a tricky barrier to overcome. My top tip is to look at their nose while they speak. To them, it looks like you are making direct eye contact, and you don’t have to be uncomfortable.
Make hand gestures. They don’t need to be wild and bold, but using your hands to emphasise your points can show passion and engagement, as well as tell the interviewer a little about your personality. So, don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Smile. This is so important. Smiles make people feel relaxed and also promote chemistry between people. Smiling at appropriate points during the interview can also demonstrate interest and engagement, which is something an employer will appreciate.
Slouch. Sit up straight, keep both feet on the ground, and put your shoulders back. Good posture shows an interviewer that you are focused and ready, whereas slouching depicts sloppiness. If you are wearing a skirt, keep your knees together and tuck one foot behind the other. This is the correct and professional way to sit when wearing a skirt. Employers appreciate little things like that.
Yawn. Yawning is a definite no when you are being interviewed. It’s seen as bad manners and displaying a lack of interest. To try and avoid yawning before an interview, try to get a really good sleep the night before and also drink a lot of water before you are called in. Similarly, if you have gum, you need to dispose of it before you go in. Chewing during an interview is also seen as very rude.
Fold your arms. For those of us who are a little more reserved and feel nervous in interviews, folding the arms is often a go-to position. However, the body language you are demonstrating by doing this is that you are closed off, reserved, and uncomfortable. Employers want someone who is open and relaxed, so try and fight the urge to fold your arms during the interview. Place your hands on your lap and use them to make hand gestures when you speak as a distraction for yourself.
#2 Get Them Talking
Humans work in an interesting way. Often, the more you get them to talk about themselves, the more interesting you become to them. It allows you to make a connection. Ask your interviewer questions and engage them in conversation. Do you detect an accent? Have you both worked for the same company previously? An interviewer will not only find you interesting, but will also be more likely to remember you if you take the time to chat with them during the interview.
The important thing here is not to lie. You might have hobbies that others find uninteresting, but your passion and enthusiasm for them are often more than enough. Make sure you mention some of the things you love most, you can talk about your travels too (especially as that could relate back to tip number two). It’s also an idea to have a little browse on LinkedIn to see if your potential interviewer has any hobbies or interests listed there that you might have in common. If you have an unusual hobby, make sure you mention that as well. People do like a little quirk in the office.
#4 Past Experience
Before you get to your interview, make sure you gather up some of your best experiences from previous jobs, as well as roles you have had that are similar to the one you are applying for. Things like situations where you have worked with a team to overcome difficult problems, have had to take up the role of leader unexpectedly, or have had a serious challenge that you had to face alone are all situations that you should mention.
Keep it modest, too much arrogance can be off-putting. However, you will usually be able to tell what the interviewer likes by the time you reach these questions. Some like a person who shows a little overconfidence, so make sure you try and read the situation correctly.
#5 Do Your Research
This is essential. Research the company, their beginnings, past, and also any published plans for the future. Learn what they do and what they sell so that you can impress your interviewer with your knowledge. This can also help you to come up with some interesting questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Use social media to your advantage to absorb as much knowledge as you can about the company, and try to talk to the employer as if you were already working there. This tends to have positive psychological effects. Be careful with LinkedIn, however, as they can see how many times you view their profile unless you have activated private browsing settings.
Hopefully, you have found this interview guide useful. By following these points and using them in your next job interview, you will be well on your way to presenting yourself as an interesting candidate. Just remember to always remain professional, to be confident, and to watch your body language carefully throughout the process. Plus, the more interviews you have, the easier it will become.
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