During the interview
The moment finally arrived and you are on your way to the interview, everything will be ok if you've prepared previously. You can find information on how to prepare for an interview in our website. You need to have things under control in order to stay calm and have confidence during the interview.
It'll be important to consider that although you might have nerves due to the experience because you think the person in front of you has your career in his/her hands; but it'll help you to have the following things in mind: They call you, they selected you from a huge amount of resumes, you have slept the night before and you're prepared to face the situation.
Opening the interview
A phrase you'll find constantly in your preparation is the powerful first impression, it might not be the reason for hiring you for sure, but this will be a plus to your evaluation; on the other hand if you cause a poor impression it's for sure that they won't hire you.
The first few seconds of your interviews are the perfect time to cause a good impression without words, consider what you're wearing if it's according to the standards of the organization (men should never wear T-shirts and jeans and women should avoid revealing clothes).
The time you arrive to the appointment is also important, if you arrive earlier you show respect and consideration for the time of the people who agreed to meet you.
As soon as you enter the room (where the interview will take place), greet the interviewer with confidence, smile him/her and shake hands firmly. Pronounce his/her name appropriately and introduce yourself; do this with a clear voice and good pronunciation.
Questions and answers
We have collected the most common and interesting interview questions and answers, but before that you should remember that there's a general question common in several interviews "tell me a little about yourself", and this question must be answered carefully, because it's an opportunity to highlight your skills, achievements and potential value in the position they offer.
We recommend you to keep the calm and power and confidence in your voice and expressions along the entire interview, if any situation brings something negative about your experience and characteristics try to turn anything negative into positive, you can and you should prepare yourself for that.
Be honest in all your answers, and if the situation turns difficult try with most favorable terms to describe the situation.
Remember that employers ask themselves these questions during the interview: will this person help the company succeed? Will this person fit with other employees or will he/she cause troubles? It's your task to help the interviewer see the correct person in you.
Any interviewer put special attention to the body, manners and movements of the interviewee, during the interview you must assume a posture that shows interest but it's relaxed at the same time; for example sitting on the edge of a chair shows you're tense or uncomfortable. If at any moment you don't feel pretty sure of your posture you can adopt the same posture of the person talking to assume mutual tuning.
If you're worried about your hands, they can help you to support your words but if you feel they're and obstacle, you can lie them on your lap or the arm rest of your chair but never fold your arms across your body.
Don't act like a robot, and use some movements to add meaning to your words but don't abuse of that (practice in front of a mirror to see your mistakes and correct them); and be careful with some movements you can make due to the nervousness because you can irritate people around you.
Another important recommendation is to keep the eye contact with the interviewers to give them a sign of trust.
Close the interview effectively
As the first impression, the last impact will help the interviewer remember you after the interview, for a good impression, you should keep the eye contact as you stand up; and the same when greeting, and leave your interviewer with the right picture of you. We can consider as important closing points, the following:
- Think of at least 3 skills for which you want be remembered after the interview.
- Ask if you can provide more information from your experience such as references work samples, certification, etc.
- Emphasize your interest in the job and your potential value for the company, you can include the phrase I'd really like to work with you.
- Ask which the next step is for you, if you have to wait for the result, ask the dates.
- Ask how to contact them after the interview to check the status.
- Thank the interviewer for his or her time.