Interview skills are of utmost importance in this day and age, especially when it comes to applying for one’s dream job. It’s no secret that people who work in jobs that they’ve always wanted are generally happier even though every job comes with it’s own set of challenges. Having the necessary skills to project confidence during an interview creates a very positive impact on one’s self-worth.
One key area in which most people struggle with when it comes to interviews, is the ability to remain calm and collected. If you find yourself struggling in this area, here are some tips to help you along:
Needless to say, adequate preparation allows half the battle to be won when it comes to any interview. When one is prepared for an interview, he or she is generally more confident. This allows the interviewee to project confidence.
Take the time to prepare for the interview, so that you can show the interviewer why you are a good fit, not only for the position, but for the organisation as a whole. Know the company’s mission and vision. Take the time to think about how you can contribute to the company’s mission and vision by being selected for the position. This will also help you to think of possible questions that may come up in the interview.
Maintain Eye Contact with the Interviewer
This is crucial. Eye Contact is a form of body language, which is of utmost importance when communicating with another person, and an interviewer is no exception. By maintaining eye contact with the interviewer, it indicates to them that you are paying attention and that you are focused. It also shows that you are serious about the job that you are applying for, and this could allow you to stand out from others who are applying for the same job.
First impression always counts. Not only is being punctual important for your interview, as it demonstrates professionalism and your willingness to complete all tasks on time, but by arriving ahead of time, you have the opportunity to recollect yourself, to gather your thoughts, and to simply relax before the interview. This also helps you to project poise, as well as confidence during the interview.