It’s important whilst redundant, that when applying for jobs and going for interviews, you come across as a confident person.
- Your character
- Your previous job roles
- Your skills
- Your experience
- Your abilities
In interviews, you need to ensure you are displaying open and positive body language:
- No crossed arms
- No fists made
- No stern looks
- No leering
- Smile – Creates warmth and approachability
- Have arms by your side or on your lap with palms facing upwards – Shows openness and friendliness
- Try to relax as much as possible – Will put the interviewer at ease
When you try to relax, pay close attention to your facial muscles, are they stiff and tight or at ease? What are your shoulders doing, are they hunched over or upright? You need to be constantly thinking about being calm and a good way to feel calm is to picture a time when you felt relaxed, maybe talking to a friend, then think of how your body felt at that moment and try to replicate it. This is hard but with practice can feel more natural and help you to get the job. If you are calm, this should make your interviewer feel calm and therefore you will appeal to them.
Remember when you speak, you are talking to a potential boss, so don’t feel so relaxed that you start talking to your prospective employer like he is your mate in the pub as this would not be well accepted and you are not likely to get the job.
- Maintain eye-contact but without staring – This can take several practices before getting it right
You have to be confident that your character (personality) will fit the job. For example, if you are a quiet person and don’t like being in crowds, then working in a pub would most likely not suit your personality. If you are a bubbly and chatty person and that’s what the job requires, you need to be confident enough to show this at your interview.
You need to be confident when talking about your previous job roles. Talk up your achievements and don’t mention negatives. If the interviewer asks you questions like – “What was your biggest obstacle in your last role and how did you overcome it?” Then you need to be honest from the employer’s perspective but change the negatives into a positive. For example, if you had a customer who was unhappy with the shoes they had bought but it was more about the comfort of the shoes rather than a manufacturing fault and company policy was not to refund just on a comfort issue as you can’t resell the shoes and the company loses money. You could say that in order to maintain good relations, you decided to exchange the shoes as a gesture of good will. You need to always add a positive outcome – The customer was happy and became a weekly regular.
Whenever you talk about your skills, experience and abilities. You need to talk about them in a positive manner with the interviewer and give examples of when you have used them in your past job roles to good effect and created a positive impact on the businesses you were working for. Then go on to say how you could use those in your new role for which you are being interviewed.
Always remember, if you are confident that you can do the job, then the prospective employer will be confident that you are suitable to work for them.