- Sept. 20, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull Inc. reported, "Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you'll understand the employer, and the better you'll be able to answer interview questions as well as ask insightful questions.
Another key to interview success is preparing responses to possible interview questions using your resume as a guide for your preparation. Your goal is to try to determine what you'll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments that include success measures where possible ($ saved, project completion time reduced, ideas proposed)."
When it's time for the interview, keep in mind that first impressions -- the impression interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you -- can make or break an interview. Be prepared to engage in casual conversation at the start of the interview. Show interest in the interviewer.
Once the interview starts, the key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding positively to interview questions. Always provide focused responses that showcase your skills, experience, and fit with the job and the employer. Provide solid examples of solutions and accomplishments, but keep your responses short and to the point.
While the content of your interview responses is paramount, positive forms of body language include smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, and nodding are critical. Detrimental forms of body language include slouching, looking off in the distance, or playing with a pen. View the job interview as a sales call. You are the salesperson, and the product you are selling to the employer is your ability to fill the organization's needs, solve its problems, propel its success.
Bentley concluded, "Common courtesy and politeness go far in interviewing;
an appreciation email shortly after the interview will not get you the job offer, but doing so will certainly give you an edge over any of the other finalists who didn't bother to send followup notes. Succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you'll see in obtaining job offers, especially if you remember and follow these job interviewing tips."