Most of the time, the job interview is the determining factor whether an applicant will be hired or not. No matter how qualified you are or how hardworking you can be, you will not be given a chance to show your wares if you flunk your interview. Your job interview performance will make or break you. So how do we score big during a job interview?
The interviewer will have interest in you if you are enthusiastic. Enthusiasm shows a positive attitude not only to the job interview but to life in general as well. An enthusiastic applicant will most likely perform better and have new, bright and creative ideas for the company.
When responding to a question, do not state things that the interviewer has heard a thousand times before. Impress the interviewer with your response. Tell him/her facts about your career or life in general that will arouse his/her interest in you.
A direct to the point response will be appreciated. This is especially true in the first few questions or the “getting to know you” part. Do not let your response exceed 1 minute. During the latter part of the interview, you’ll have more time to sell yourself.
Clichés will get you nowhere. Generic answers will only bore the interviewer. You must do your best to stand out and not be among the majority who are average performers. Show them that you are one of a kind.
Usually, the interviewer will just ask common and ordinary questions. Make these questions extraordinary by giving smart and interesting answers. We all have stories to tell so you just have to relate your story to the questions. This will make you more interesting. For instance, when the interviewer wants you to describe how you are as an employee, instead of just adding adjectives to “I am”, tell a story about a past job experience and how you approached and reacted to that particular situation.
Of course, there will come a moment during the interview that a certain question will throw you off. When this happens, just provide a brief answer. You won’t gain anything in giving a long answer that leads to nowhere. The interviewer will notice that you have no idea what you’re talking about. A simple yet strong response has a greater chance of working.
The key in every job interview is to make the company want you. The interview is your chance to show them how good and competent you are. You must aim to convince the employer that you will be an asset to the company. After every interview, give your heartfelt thanks to the interviewer for giving you the opportunity. Treat this opportunity as your time to shine.