Entering into an interview assumes that you know something about the position that you are applying for already. Now the interviewer needs to know about you.
Answering the toughest interview questions successfully means that you already understand that the company wants to know what you bring to the table.
This week we will be breaking open some tough interview questions for a better understanding of what the hiring manager wants to hear: How you can be an asset to their company.
Before we get there, let's take a look at the components that I mentioned earlier.
As your resume should claim, you have the skill set required for the position. You should be able to verbally explain your previous positions and their relevancy to the position that you are applying to in an intelligent manner. Keep in mind that each company may use their own 'verbage' when referring to a position or task. Use the title that they use in the interview.
Refrain from using previous position titles when speaking about the open position.
This will show your flexibility and competency when it comes to transitioning to the new role.
Regardless of how laid back the interviewer is, if that is the situation, show extreme respect and maintain a professional attitude at all times. Project a positive attitude, warmth and friendliness. Smile occasionally and ask relevant, intelligent questions. Listen to the interviewer carefully. Ask before taking notes on detailed information.
Maintain eye contact at all times. A lack of eye contact implies dishonesty or an inability to communicate, arrogance or lack of confidence. Use the interviewer's name in conversation occasionally. People like to hear their own name. Using it shows respect and makes the person feel important.
Take note of the look and feel of the interviewers office, including any pictures of children or hobbies they may have. Be sure to notice features such as body language, manner of speech and so on. Sit at the edge of your chair, unless the interviewer backs away. Give that much needed 'space' between yourself and the interviewer. Don't speak faster or slower than the interviewer as it may distract them and make them feel uncomfortable. Be pleasant in the opening of the conversation and comment on one of the personal effects in the office or talk about a vacation spot you see in a poster or picture. This can warm you to the interviewer. Make a compliment where you can but don't fake it. By the end of the interview, you want to leave the hiring manager with the impression that they could actually spend the entire day with you comfortably.
A slight amount of nervousness gives you an enthusiastic edge about yourself that will come across as genuine excitement about the job. Ask relevant questions and listen to and comment on the answers given.
Keep the interview as simple as possible for the interviewer. Believe it or not, anxiety can work against you here so relaxing and exuding confidence while being professional really is the best attitude you can bring to the interview.