Aside from your resume, the interview can determine whether you get your dream job or not.  You can have the best resume on the planet, and you can prepare all the “right” answers for the interview, however, how you communicate verbally and nonverbally during your interview will determine your success.

Years of research has shown that during the interview process, the interviewer is paying attention to not only your verbally communicated answers, but is aware of your body language and how you react, nonverbally, to questions.  It is imperative to your success that you communicate well during your interview.  Here are a few things to keep in mind during your next interview:

  • First impressions are always important, and this is especially true during a job interview.  Be sure that you have a firm and confident handshake, and always acknowledge anyone else in the room.  This will give you an advantage and seem to your interviewers that you are friendly, yet attentive to what is going on around you.
  • Confidence is a must during your interview.  Be careful not to come across as arrogant.  You can exude confidence in subtle ways, such as sitting up straight in your chair and making direct eye contact with your interviewer(s).  Do not fidget or seem restless during the interview, as this comes across in a negative way.
  • When answering questions posed by the interview, make sure that you answer truthfully and that you do not exaggerate.  Give details if warranted, and always try to remain positive in remarks which may seem negative.  For example, when asked what is one trait you would change about yourself, go ahead and tell them the trait, however, tell them in a positive way how you are working on making that change.
  • It is best to do your homework about the company and the position before your interview.  When they ask if you have any questions for them, ask several interesting questions.  Be as specific as possible.  A great question is where does the company see itself in 5 years, 10, and so on.  This shows them that you share their enthusiasm and vision.
  • It is important to remember that they person interviewing you may not have the same technical or professional background as you.  It is important when answering your questions that you give just the right amount of information.  Too much and you may come across as a “know-it-all,” too little and you will not highlight your talents enough.

Do not underestimate the importance of effective communication during interviews.  Many employers will go with another candidate simply because you did not interview well.  Genesis Search Group can help you with your interview skills for your next dream job!

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