We all know that the most important part of the hiring process comes after your resume has been chosen from the batch of hundreds–and you move on to an interview.
Afraid you’ll stutter, trip yourself up, or be asked questions you weren’t prepared for? Don’t worry; here are 11 tricks to help you do a stellar job at your next job interview.
1. Don’t interview alongside other strong candidates
If there are people you know who are highly qualified for the job, make an effort to schedule your interview on a different day than them. It might be a small gesture, but it’s one that might avoid comparison on the part of the interviewer and help you get the job.
2. Match your style to your image
Certain colors have been studied to convey certain emotions. For instance, red often implies power; white gives off that you’re organized. Whatever you do, don’t wear orange–it says you’re unprofessional.
3. Tailor to your interviewer
If you know what age group your interviewer is in, tailor your responses to their own preferences. Millennial? Stress your ability to multitask, as well as your creativity. Baby boomer? Emphasize your reliability and willingness to be a team player.
4. Find a common interest
If you can, look for things you and your interviewer share–perhaps an interest in sports, reality TV, or gardening. (Avoid politics!) Naturally, they’ll be more inclined to remember you favorably, regardless of how the rest of the interview went.
5. Follow their body language
When your body language naturally seems to reflect that of the person you’re talking to, it can give off the impression that you’re on the same wavelength–even if you have nothing in common. As long as you don’t make too much of an effort to make a mirror copy of your interviewer, motion for motion, it’ll be effective.
6. Show enthusiasm for the organization without selling yourself too hard
Applicants who seem to compliment the company without stressing their own talents appear to be a better fit for the job, likely because their sentiments align with the company mission.
7. Be honest
Don’t lie or stretch the truth about anything, whether it’s about skills you possess, weaknesses you might have, or past experiences. Your interviewer will be able to tell that you’re scheming.
8. Let yourself feel powerful
A recent study suggested that a group who gave off the impression of being more powerful than their interviewer were better remembered–even as long as two days after the interview. Don’t be afraid of feeling that power and using it to your advantage.
9. Use intonation
Expressive speakers are intelligent ones; the inflections in their voice reflect their ability to react quickly. Avoid using a monotonous voice as much as possible, and make sure to emphasize what is and isn’t important when conveying your past experiences in person.
10. Prep strategically
Even though you never know what an interviewer might ask, make a short list of notes about things that you know they will–and tailor your past summary or experiences to the position at hand. It’ll help the interviewer know you’ve done your homework.
11. Be ready to think on your feet
No matter what, don’t get freaked out when the interviewer throws a question your way that you’re not ready for. Take your time, come in expecting the unexpected–and you’ll definitely score the job.