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Wednesday May 22, 2019


Tips and Activities to Improve Your Interview Skills

There are a number of different interview settings you may encounter and it’s essential to see and know how to respond in every scenario. Do one interview with a friend or colleague, where you speak to this one individual. Then answer the questions in front of five to 10 friends or colleagues. And finally, answer the same questions speaking straight to the camera. Notice how each can take on a different tone, but try to keep up the trust and likeability you portray in each scenario.

When anxiety or nervousness takes over during an interview, you tend to lose control, resulting in speaking faster than necessary and giving poor answers. Answer questions with the right pace and a calm mind.

Talking fast not only ruins the communication between you and the interviewer, but it may also be interpreted as you having to be somewhere else more important than the interview. Communication not only involves you speaking—it’s also expected that you know how to listen. Listening will enable you to ask the right questions and give the right answers.

Adopting power poses beforehand can make you feel more confident at interview. Expansive body postures such as standing upright with hands on your hips, leaning over a desk with hands firmly on the surface, or steepling your hands can increase testosterone, decrease stress, and make you feel more in control, more confident and more assertive. Practicing power poses right before an interview can also increase performance.

Almost everyone includes attention to detail as one of their strengths, but if you really pay attention to details, you will not stay unemployed long. Seeing details in the interview process helps a lot during the conversation.

 By paying attention to small details, you can start a good conversation, like when you notice what the interviewer likes to collect or where he or she likes to go on vacation.

When you answer, keep your responses fairly short. Avoid giving long answers that lessen the effectiveness of your answers; only give answers long enough to prove your point.

Shake hands firmly and warmly, but wait to be invited to sit down. Handshakes are also commonly given at the end of the interview. Handshakes originated as a way for knights to show that they didn't have concealed weapons. A firm handshake is perceived to communicate sociability, friendliness and dominance: normally desirable qualities in candidates whereas weak handshakes may communicate, introversion, shyness and neuroticism. Also as the handshake is at the start of the interview, it can set a positive tone for the rest of the encounter those who gave a firm handshake were more likely to be offered jobs.  If you want to be hired, prepare for your interview, improve your communication skills, and do your best!

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