Empowered Youth Magazine - - EMPOWERED TIPS - By Yvonne Kawira

Finding a job can be dif­fi­cult and the odds are far in favour of the com­pe­ti­tion. You’ve made it past the gaunt­let of the hu­man re­sources screen­ing.The next phase is the interview. Most in­ter­view­ers al­ready have an idea where you place in the can­di­dacy. Here is what you must do to im­press.

Dress for suc­cess: Dress­ing is the first im­pres­sion that your in­ter­viewer will get of you and how you’re dressed can deeply re­flect on you as a po­ten­tial can­di­date.From the mo­ment that you walk through the door, your in­ter­viewer is siz­ing you up.

Build a rap­port: This could pos­si­bly be the most crit­i­cal part of the interview. Your po­ten­tial em­ployer has your re­sume in their hand. They can see what your technical at­tributes are. At this point, you’ve passed the qual­i­fi­ca­tions on pa­per.The pur­pose of the face-to-face interview is to es­tab­lish your can­di­dacy as an em­ployee. This includes how you han­dle sit­u­a­tions and how you’ll get along.

Be calm and re­laxed but don’t be aloof. You will be asked a ton of ques­tions. Ask ques­tions back, even if you al­ready know the an­swer. By be­ing en­gag­ing, you will build a reper­toire with your in­ter­viewer.This will weigh heavy in their in­ter­viewer’s mind and will likely have you moved up to the next level of con­sid­er­a­tion based on this alone.

Don’t talk too much: You’ve es­tab­lished the reper­toire with your in­ter­viewer but this is their show. There’s an old mil­i­tary say­ing that goes some­thing like: Loose lips sink ships.

It’s easy to get into a habit of putting your cards all on the ta­ble in or­der to show your worth. In all hon­esty, this pro­vides a shock to the in­ter­viewer and could be detri­men­tal.The in­ter­viewer wants to main­tain con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and if you be­gin to dom­i­nate the con­ver­sa­tion, you can eas­ily find your­self on the “we’ll call you” list.Save the con­ver­sa­tion for the right op­por­tu­ni­ties when they ask for ques­tions.

Cre­ate a pre­sen­ta­tion: An interview is much like a mar­ket­ing pre­sen­ta­tion.

Don’t go over­board but be cre­ative with it. In­clude facts and fig­ures and put a lit­tle bit of per­son­al­ity be­hind it.Treat the in­ter­viewer like a cus­tomer or client while finding that bal­ance where you are able to present ef­fec­tively with­out be­ing an an­noy­ance.

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