Solving Basic Interview Questions and Concerns Part 2: What to do during an interview
Here are a few simple techniques that our top recruiters recommend to check out before heading into your interview.
1. Be on time.
How many times does a person need to hear, “First impressions matter” for them to actually apply this important phrase. The recruiters at blueStone cannot stress enough the importance of being on time. When you are on time (or even 15 minutes early, which is recommended) it shows that you are prepared, organized, and respecting the hiring manager’s time. It also shows that you will have these traits if you are hired for the position.
2. Put your cell phone on silent mode and in a secure place.
The average person checks their phone about 80 times a day. Even though our smartphones are basically the remote controls to our lives, don’t get caught up looking at your phone and then losing the position you have been preparing for. When you look at your phone, you are telling the employer that you do not care about this interview, and you are uninterested—henceforth, wasting their time. Avoid this by putting your mobile device on silent mode and then in a secure place.
3. Maintain good eye contact.
Eye contact is one of the biggest factors when going having a successful interview. Even though almost everyone can admit to being nervous on an interview, there are ways that you can be confident and maintain good eye contact. The best advice we have for this is to go about the interview like a normal conversation because, after all, they are a normal person just like you. They just want to get to know more about you, and you want to know more about them to see if you are the right fit.
4. Bring a pen and notepad to take notes on key ideas expressed.
From about age 5, we have learned to write the important things when someone asks us to. In high school/college we quickly learned that the professor won’t always go out of his/her way to tell us what exactly to take notes on, and we were in charge of learning all of his main ideas. Relating this to a job interview, taking notes during an interview is necessary in order to fully understand what your duties will be in this role. You are simply just jotting down key ideas that the interviewer is talking about such as work environment, salary, and other factors that you find important to you. This also gives you a chance to review all of your notes and reiterate the things you two talked about in the thank you letter.
5. Answer behavioral questions in a confident matter.
In order to answer questions in a confident matter you need to be as clear and concise as possible. This would especially include not rambling on the infamous, “Tell me about yourself” question. A trick to ace any behavioral question is to describe the situation, actions you took to complete the task, and then the impactful end result. Make sure to also ask questions! About 61% of employees say the realities of their new job differ from expectations set during the interview process. Don’t let this happen to you! It’s okay to reiterate what the duties of the role are and the day-to-day activities because you do not want to be unhappy within the first week of signing your job contract.
Follow these simple tricks and your interview will be a success!
Check out this video to learn more interview tips and how to make the best impression to your (potential) employers.