An interview can be an extremely lonely place. Do not let yourself become isolated.
So you may be thinking, why would I listen to a 17 year old regarding interviews? Because I have never failed. Even at such a tender age, I have been offered numerous jobs both part time and full time–even as a full-time college student.
This article will outline the posture, mindset and communicational skills needed to always be successful in an interview. My methods will make it almost impossible to be rejected. So, I’ll cut to the chase already.
The first impression
There’s an old saying that the interviewer will know whether they want to hire you in the first 30 seconds; this is true to an extent. My belief is that you can lose the job in the first 30 seconds; however, you get the job throughout the entire interview. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
First of all, make sure you present yourself in a ‘smart’ manner. Not just smart actually, but impeccable.
A common mistake is that some of the unemployed believe that some interviews do not require you to wear a suit. Always wear a suit. Whether you’re being interviewed for McDonald’s or MI5, always make sure you not only wear a suit, but you are well groomed and look attractive to an extent. You also need a subtle smell of aftershave, along with a hint of mint in your breath–not too much though.
Then comes the handshake, don’t just have a generic, firm handshake. Shake firmly, look the interviewer in the eye, smile and greet them with etiquette. It’s not just about the physical aspect of the handshake, moreover it’s about how you reflect your confident manner onto the interviewer.
The meaty bit
Now onto the ‘meaty’ part of the interview. This is where you must not merely say why you are the perfect candidate, but you must prove to the interviewer that you’re the only option.
My method is with what I call, the three C’s; Charisma, Confidence and Captivation.
Charisma: Make the interviewer believe that you’re not being interviewed, make them believe the interview is merely the first step in offering you the job. Create an atmosphere of relaxation along with professionalism, whilst building up a report with the interviewer.
Confidence: I’ve always considered replacing this C with ‘cockiness’, however you can end up being too cocky. Don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer that you are the best candidate in the world, that you have the best skills in the world, that there is no other option but to hire you.
Captivation: Do not bore the interviewer, this is essential. Do not be generic, talk about unique skills and out of the box experiences and ideas. If they ask you a question, by all means answer it on a basic level, but go the extra mile. You want to get to a position where the interviewer is asking you questions that he wants to know, not just questions that the interview requires.
Be the candidate that they cannot afford to miss out on. I believe too many British citizens go into interviews believing that their qualifications alone will get you the job, when in fact a well conducted interview could even remove the need for qualifications.
The closing line
The best way to end the interview is to stimulate the interviews positive emotions. As you are leaving make sure you wish the interviewer a good day, or even ask about his plans for the night. This will subconsciously make the interviewer believe that you are already part of the company, that he/she has known you for years. Another good point is that if the interviewer ever asks you ‘do you have any questions?’ Always ask one. Not just a generic question either, make sure you do your homework on the job; ask a unique question that no other candidate would ask.
These methods will help you become the best candidate for any job, even without prior experience.
Remember, you’ll never be viewed as the perfect candidate if you don’t believe it yourself.