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Important Interview Techniques You Should Master

Aug 7, 2008
Research and Practice

Before you go to the interview, you should practice with a friend or family member. Also, it is important for you to do some research about the company, its mission statement, and its products as well as the position you have applied for.

Look at the company's website, its annual reports, and business magazines for such information. If you are aware of details about the company, you will feel more comfortable handling questions like "why do you want to work with our company?"

Additionally, if you have practiced the interview beforehand, you will feel confident when you actually confront the interviewer. Think clearly about your strengths and weaknesses and make an effort to improve to conquer the interview jitters.

First Impression

It's often said that the first impression is the last impression. When you come for the interview, your approach should be polite and confident. While you wait, make sure you are sitting properly. Behave as if every person who passes is an interviewer; you never know when one can be among them.

When you meet the interviewers, greet them with a firm handshake and a smile. You should be dressed formally but comfortably depending upon the company and the type of job.

Bring everything you will need for the interview with you and have your materials neatly organized.

Confident Approach

Do not approach an interview with a despondent attitude; however, appearing to be overconfident is also not a good idea. That said, being confident about your abilities and strengths will work in your favor.

Show that you will be good at your job, but at the same time be humble and friendly. Also, if you sound confident but your body language does not reflect it, then that will harm your chances.

Eye Contact

Maintaining eye contact with the interviewer is very important. Looking around the room or at the windows or at the items on the interviewer's desk will make you appear uninterested - or even suggest that you might be hiding something.

Have a Positive Attitude

You should always have a smile and a positive attitude. Do not respond negatively to things that you do not agree with.

Maintain a smile and point out things that concern you when given the opportunity.

Body Language

Avoid fidgeting while speaking; it reflects a lack of confidence. Also, crossing your arms may suggest that you are a snob. If you bite your lip between responses, it may show that you are not being honest.

Never answer with nods or headshakes and gestures; always answer questions verbally. Confident body language can speak more loudly than words to convey the message that you believe in yourself and your ability to do this job.

Practice Your Responses

Practice your responses to questions that are typically asked in an interview. If you practice the wording and the intonation, you will be able to reply to the interviewer calmly and confidently. You won't be caught on the wrong foot when a simple question might be asked a tricky manner. Also, prepare questions that you may ask the interviewer when given a chance.

These are a few useful interview techniques to help you approach the interview confidently and land the job you want.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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