Apart from knowledge or previous job experience, a  job interview is very important when we are trying to get a new job.

The first face to face interaction with the company or employer should make a good impression. And it is important to seize the moment and convince them we are the person they need.

For this reason, I will provide you with some basic tips on how to act during a job interview.

  1. Research the company

Before your interview, do a little research. Locate the company on the internet and find out what they do, what type of business it is, how long they have been on the market, etc. Sometimes you may find references from ex-employees and even the legal status of the company and its employers. This information will be very useful during and after the job interview. It will help you evaluate whether their offer is convenient or not!

  1. Be punctual

No one likes to wait, much less an employer. Check well in advance the distance and time needed to travel to the interview. Calculate the time it will take you to arrive and add 20 minutes for incidentals like traffic delays, for example. If you plan to use public transport, confirm which branch you need to take, travel time, departure time and the distance to the interview from the transport.

Do not arrive too early. Sometimes if you arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour earlier, it can create excessive anxiety.  If you arrive much earlier than anticipated, briefly explore the area. This can be a nice icebreaker when the conversation begins!

  1. Take care of your personal hygiene

And I say this in every sense. Be neat, well dressed with tidy and clean clothing. Keep your nails clean and short and in the case of women, painted with muted colors. Your breath should be fresh. If you smoke, try to avoid doing it right before your interview. I know you will be nervous and on edge but it is a noticeable trait and quite unpleasant. Bring mints in your pocket or purse. Don’t chew gum while you are on the interview.

And don’t forget to check the weather. If it is a rainy or snowy day, watch your clothing and the kind of shoes you wear.

  1. Be Polite

Be nice and polite. Even if you are not treated well, always give the best of yourself. This is the greatest tip I can give you.

If they offer you something to drink, say thank you. If they made you wait, be patient. Don’t ask every two minutes when someone will assist you. If you have to wait more than 20 minutes and no one tells you anything, you may tactfully ask if everything is all right. Let them know you had an appointment 20 minutes ago. Be polite, gently apologize and control the tone of your voice. Do not show any irritation or nervous behavior. This will work against you.

  1. Keep calm

After all, it is only an interview! Keep calm, listen to the questions and try to respond in the best way. Always think before you speak and talk in a leisure and definite manner. Don’t give details that are not requested or unnecessary personal information. Be pleasant with your interviewer but don’t treat them like a close friend or make jokes. Remember you do not really know the person!  If you do not understand a question, ask them to please repeat it. Try to be specific and only respond to questions, nothing more!

      6. Don’t lie!

This is very, very important. If you tell a lie, the interviewer will know. Be honest and be yourself. Talk of your commitments, needs and desires to get the job. Highlight the positive qualities you have to make it a success. It is important to take a well written and complete Resume to showcase your skills as I recommended in previous posts.

       7. Have a positive attitude.

But don’t be cocky! It just means being sure of yourself and what you have to offer the company and the job. Smile and show your best cards.  You have little time to impress the other person, to show who you really are and convince them to hire you.

  1. Leave your questions for the end of the interview

When the interviewer completes their questions, this will give you a little time to ask your own, for example, you could ask about the salary (if applicable), benefits, hours, dress code, work place, etc. Or you may choose to ask the questions that were not clear during the interview. So don’t interrupt! Wait until the process is over and then ask your questions.

A really great question is to ask how the process works. For example, will they call you if you are hired or not? How long does it take to find out? What other steps do you need to take, like professional tests, medical exams, etc?

  1. Watch your posture and language

Sit appropriately at all times. Not like when you watch a football game on the couch! Sit up straight and be attentive. It is important to leave your hands on the table and don’t play with objects like pencils, rings, jewelry, etc. You should also watch your language when you speak to the interviewer. It should be formal and proper. Don’t use vulgar words or expressions and always show respect.

  10. Be thankful

The first impression is what counts. When you finish the interview, thank them for the opportunity and be sure you have their contact information on hand. Let them know you will be waiting for their call. Show personal interest in the company and what they do. Be enthusiastic but be careful! Don’t be intrusive or annoying.

Take advantage of the moment and speak in a simple way. Practice before the interview.

I hope these tips can help you. Until later and good luck!