16 basic tips at the time of the job interview

16 Basic tips for you to take into account from the first minute to the end of your job interview. They will help you if you prepare and practice them. Your positive and constructive attitude will give the special touch to your professional profile.

  1. Greet the interviewer by shaking hands safely, without looking like cotton or leaving a broken hand. If you know his name, take advantage of the greeting to thank him for receiving you (especially for interviews with senior managers).
  2. Look him in the eye : from the first minute you address the interviewer, do so by looking him in the eye, in a relaxed way and without forcing the moment. When you realize that you are looking elsewhere while answering, redirect your gaze to the interviewer. Points 1 and 2 will be the first impression you will make in the interview. In the development of it, you should not give the feeling of an absent person, little interested or on the contrary, fearful and excessively shy.
  3. It is about you to the interviewer : even if he is younger than you or the feeling of being an informal person, it is better to start with you and have him who asks you to mentor him. You will find interviewers who mark the hierarchy a lot and if you tute him from the beginning it will be a disadvantage for you.
  4. Clear, concise, organized and direct : the interview is open or semi structured, the interviewer will ask you questions with which they will assess your skills. Express yourself in a clear and organized way. Don’t speak too fast and try to finish every sentence you start.
  5. Use a pleasant tone of voice to the dialogue , do not whisper or turn the volume up to 10. The tone of voice of the interviewer will give you the key to how he wants to conduct the interview.
  6. Quickly organize the content of your responses and transmit them safely and slowly. Take the time to give clear and sure answers, but do not take the answers forever. One extreme will be characteristic of an impulsive person and the other extreme of a person who is not very active, not very agile and disorganized.
  7. Show your motivation to work : this aspect will be valued throughout the entire interview. They will ask you questions aimed at discovering your professional goals, your availability, your promotional projections, your personal hobbies, etc.
  8. Active listening without interruptions : actively listen to the interviewer, let him lead the interview since he is the driver of the dialogue. You must intervene when he passes you by and you must not interrupt in the middle of an idea. If you want to make any reference to something said, you say “in relation to such a thing, I wanted to comment on the following …”
  9. Use words with force : without abusing them, there are words that can help you in the interview, such as commitment, challenge, objectives, responsibility, experience, future, team, project, etc. The company or the job you choose will give you a clue as to which are those words with strength that you can use.
  10. Do not use slang words : Even if the job is to perform a simple function, do not use too colloquial words or fashionable slang. The interviewer will always choose a candidate who knows how to stand independently of the situation.
  11. Never speak negatively about former colleagues or work : you should refer to them in a constructive way, without criticism or reproach. Speaking in negative terms can create some mistrust in the interviewer.
  12. Always use positive language : doing it this way will make the interviewer know that he is facing a person who is not very confrontational and adaptable, capable of rescuing the good in each situation.
  13. Turn your weak points into positive : you must know how to turn around comments or questions that can play against you, for example, Are you not too young to apply for this job? A positive answer could be: my age may seem an inconvenience, but I feel able to demonstrate my knowledge and experience.
  14. Take care of your body language, movements and details : do not gesticulate in an exaggerated way, take care of the language of your hands and extremities (try not to be tapping or touching your hair continuously), take a seat when instructed to do so, do not cross your arms, Maintain an upright and relaxed posture at the same time, do not lean on the table unless you have it very above and having them underneath can give a bad feeling, try to control some tics, do not chew gum during the interview, do not smoke, disconnect your phone before entering and maintain a posture and tone of voice consistent with the job position you are applying for.
  15. Do not ask questions such as : when can I have vacations? How much will I get paid if I get sick? When will my salary increase? Etc. These are questions that will give a bad image as a worker because it will seem that More than being motivated to get the job, you are interested in the salary and vacations that the job will bring you.
  16. Say thank you at the end of the interview: when the interviewer has finished the dialogue, your farewell will be with gratitude and a handshake as you did at the beginning.

Now to practice these tips that will be very helpful. Any questions do not hesitate to contact me.