No one truly enjoys interviewing – the ever-important first impressions and crazy curveball questions, not to mention the unnerving follow-up period. Even the most seasoned professionals need to prepare for an interview. But inevitably, it’s an event that stands between you and your dream job.
The good news is that interviewing is a skill you can learn. Whether you “fake it ‘til you make it” or “fake it ‘til you become it,” the keys to interview success are strategy and practice. Learn more about interviewing techniques and tips for job interviews below:
An estimated 75 percent of communication is non-verbal. So when interacting with your interviewers, monitor your body language. After all, you want to leave a positive and lasting impression. Allowing yourself to express emotion with body language is a key interviewing technique.
Practice Ahead of Time and Follow-up Afterwards
Prior to the interview, practice fielding questions with a friend, family member or mentor, to ensure that your answers are thoughtful and authentic. Then follow up with a short thank you note to everyone you met, filling in any knowledge gaps, while expanding on information you think makes a more solid case for hiring you.