Self Development By Mae Davies / May 20, 2016 You’ve done your preparations, and now you’re off to the interview. Although you’re excited, you feel a little bit of apprehension; after all, getting this job is quite important for you. You wonder if they’ll like you and what you can do to make sure you get an offer. Fear not; below are some tips that can help you during the interview. Keeping them in mind will give you an edge over other candidates: Be confident Nothing is more important than being confident. You can look lousy and use the weather as an excuse, but you can redeem yourself by remaining confident. If you’ve done your research and much needed preparations then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel confident. This employer obviously thinks you’re hireable otherwise they wouldn’t have invited you for an interview. Keep that in mind. Let your talents shine Really focus on your most recent contributions and highlight past achievements, especially the ones you’re most proud of.That’s when you’ll look and sound most excited, so talk about your strengths and talents. Don’t talk too much Don’t overshare, unless asked, and don’t volunteer unnecessary information, especially things that are too personal. Stay focused If the interviewer speaks too soft or there are too many distractions in the space, keep your eyes on the interviewer and focus on what he or she is talking about. Lean over to show you’re interested and focused on what they’re saying. Never cut off the interviewer Even if the interviewer is taking a long time to express something, resist cutting them off. Even if you mean well, it can look abrasive and rude. Listen and don’t finish the other person’s sentences. Let them take their time, and be patient. It’s a big turn-off to be cutting someone off while talking; you will come across as impatient. Wait for your turn to speak. Pause before answering questions Give yourself some time to reflect on the question, and giving it some thought, then go ahead and answer. It’s better to spend a few seconds digesting the question and formulating an answer rather than blurting out what comes to mind first and retract that later on. The interviewer has put aside time for this interview, so what’s your hurry? Make eye contact Don’t stare, but make sure you are engaging and connecting with the interviewer by keeping eye contact. People who do are seen as truthful and more trustworthy than those who don’t. Watch your posture Your body language should say, “I’m warm, open, and professional.” Avoid restless leg syndrome or having ‘nerves’ take over you. Avoid hair twirling, biting nails, and other awkward and distracting mannerisms. Be respectful Never roll your eyes or say something inappropriate. Even if you disagree with something the interviewer says, keep quiet and keep your cool.You will look rude and unprofessional if you raise your voice or make unnecessary remarks. It may be just a test to see if you have a temper. If you feel ‘insulted’ by a remark or offer, resist throwing a fit and instead keep calm. Tell them how you feel but in a way that shows integrity on your part. Answer with certainty Do you sound like you’re answering questions with more questions? Avoid sounding doubtful with your answers. Try to record yourself and listen to how you speak. Practice talking to people and ask them how you sound. The keyword is conviction: answer with confidence and certainty. Otherwise, you can always say: “I am not 100% sure, but I can find out…” Be genuine Employers can do background checks and verify institutions and employers you are claiming to be associated with,so keep it honest and get your facts straight. Don’t jack up your current salary or other information that can easily be checked. Speak clearly and don’t rush Enunciate, and avoid slang words. Take your time when speaking.It’s important to be understood by the interviewer, so don’t rush your sentences. Let the interview have a natural flow. Resist looking at your watch- doing so looks totally unprofessional. Ask questions This is expected of few, so be sure to prepare a list beforehand of things you want addressed during the interview. You can ask for more details about the company and theposition that you don’t already know yet to show even more interest. Also ask the interview what makes this a great company to work for, if there’s room for growth, and what you will gain from working with them (to make sure they know you know how valuable you are). Negotiate if needed With regards to compensation, set a limit. If numbers are thrown at you and you’re not happy with thosenumbers, then ask them what their ‘ceiling’ figure for this role is. If their maximum is still too low for your desired income, then say so. Give them time to make an offer. Thank the person and shake their hands Be sure to thank the person and shake their hands before walking out the door. Leave a good impression by being polite and pleasant until the very end. Now give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Sit back and anticipate an offer or in some cases, a second interview. Other higher ranking personnel might want to talk to you first before hiring you. If that’s the case, then there’s no need for you to worry as you already know what to do. Good luck!