Useful Skills at an Interview

 

 

For many candidates job interviews can seem challenging, especially when they do not hone the proper skills to handle such a situation. We have compiled these skills as 5 Commandments that will help  you to successfully face your next job interview;

 

• Thou shall know thy resume

It cannot be stressed enough that knowing your own resume is a vital, especially if you are going for an interview. Many people tend to forget certain period of times or educational/professional qualifications that are included in their resumes. This is one of the peeves of any interviewer, and something that should be avoided by interviewee, especially if the resume has been customized according to a specific position.

Tip: memorize your CV for a more enabling interview, than tying up bits and pieces of your resume when the interviewer asks you.

• Thou shall refrain from saying “I don’t Know”

We may have come across many situations where interviewers ask us hard-hitting questions which seems unanswerable in the spur of the moment, and so we resort to answering this question with a simple “I don’t know”. Many interview experts considers this “answer” as a negative, therefore building the answer by repeating the question and walking through your thought process out loud for the interviewer shows more effort than simply answering “I don’t know”.

• Thou shall clarify Interview Questions

It may seem as a bold to move to clarify on what the interviewer asked about, as it may seem as if you are not paying attention to them. However, it is considered as good practice to do so than to respond to the interviewer by giving vacant, irrelevant responses.

Paraphrasing the question and clarifying the question is one way to do this. For example; “Are you referring to my tertiary- level educational qualification?”

• Thou shall pay attention to thy Nonverbal Communication

Despite your efforts of practicing your verbal responses to the possible questions the interviewer asks, what many overlook are the nonverbal cues that you communicate during an interview. Constant fidgeting, avoiding eye contact seem as harmless reactions to nerves, however their impact is catatonic during as they tend to resonate a lack of confidence and helps certain recruiters to refrain hiring you.

Practicing in front of a mirror, mock interviews with friends or family are few ways that help to groom these cues in to markers of confidence during an interview.

• Thou should have knowledge on the company and the interviewer

Simply knowing facts and figures about the company and the job role is not sufficient, understanding the role of these in the environment it functions in too. This will be advantageous for the interviewee as it will help them to show the interviewer why there are the best fir for the organization.

Apart from this, if you are given prior details on who the hiring manager or interviewer will be, researching on LinkedIn provides the interviewee with an idea on what to say and also have the potential to create a common ground between each other.