Once you find a job that has everything to do with your profile, you apply, the company’s HR sees your resume, and then immediately contacts you to arrange an interview.
It is at this point that the recruiter will get to know you better, understanding if your profile is per the vacancy and if you are compatible with the company’s culture. It is one of the most important steps in any selection process and, therefore, it is essential that you have a good performance, stay in the selection process and win the job.
Do you know how to do well in a job interview, whether face-to-face or online?
In this article, we’ve prepared a list of 9 best practices for you to adopt in your next interviews and ensure you perform well. Check out!
How to do well at a job interview
Feeling nervous, anxious, and slightly pressured in a job interview is normal precisely because of the importance of this stage of the selection process. The point is to understand how to control these feelings so they don’t impair your performance.
To help you out at this point, there are good practices that can make a difference both in the preparation and the time of the interview. Find out how to do great at your next interview:
1. Study your resume
Before participating in the interview, revisit your resume and review your experiences. In addition to identifying the experiences that are most closely related to the position, recall situations where you have applied skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership, or productivity.
During the interview, the recruiter may ask questions related to your past experiences and specific situations in which you have applied your skills. Even if you don’t know exactly what will be asked, studying your resume prepares you better for it.
Another important point: the interview is not just to reproduce what is on your resume. As the recruiter has already had access to your professional summary, do not repeat all the information that is in the document. The best alternative is to highlight your skills and differences that are not in the curriculum.
2. Search for details about the company and position
Just as the company must identify with you, it is very important that you also identify with the company. So, look for more information about it, look for details about the organizational culture and reflect if you see yourself in that environment.
By demonstrating your knowledge of the company during the interview, the recruiter will understand your identification with the company and this can make the interview result more positive.
3. Dress appropriately
This is a very important point. Your clothes say a lot about you, so pay attention and make a good choice. Tip number one is to research the company’s culture and understand an outfit that emphasizes your personality but is aligned with the organization. Also, opt for balance: go for neutral clothes that don’t draw too much attention, and that aren’t completely formal or totally casual.
4. Arrive early
If the interview is face-to-face, plan to arrive a few minutes before the scheduled interview time. Secure these spare minutes not only for possible unforeseen events but also to arrive calmly and start the interview without fatigue or anxiety.
If it’s online, it’s also important to log in ahead of time and make sure everything is working properly. At the end of the article, you can find more tips for your online interview.
5. Keep your body awareness
Before you even start talking during the interview, your nonverbal communication is already speaking for you. A study by one of the pioneers in body language research, Albert Mehrabian, showed that 55% of the understanding of a message being conveyed is based on gestures, facial expressions, and posture.
Therefore, your body awareness must be present at the interview. More than what is being said, your non-verbal communication also plays an important role in making your communication assertive.
6. Use rapport techniques
Rapport is one of the best-known neurolinguistic programming techniques. This technique helps in creating a connection with the other person by mirroring their verbal and non-verbal language.
By subtly imitating the gestures, expressions, or tone of voice of the recruiter or whoever is conducting the interview, you create a rapport with the person. The brain deduces that when someone is similar, it is possible to trust that person.
7. Research common interview questions
There are some common questions in interviews and selection processes. Before the interview, find out what they are and formulate answers for each one of them. It’s important to point out that, as often as these questions are, you must craft the answers genuinely and truthfully, not answering what you believe the recruiter wants to hear.
8. Pay attention to your public speaking
Mastery of oratory is perceived in decisive moments when you need to show yourself as an excellent professional. Therefore, it is essential to develop your oratory, learning techniques and thus develop professionally.
At the time of the interview, pay attention to fundamental techniques for good oratory, such as controlling your breathing, projecting your voice clearly, maintaining a proper posture, and also the content of your speech.
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9. Ask good questions
It’s common that, at the end of the interview, the recruiter or person conducting the conversation will ask you if you have any questions. Take this moment to ask relevant questions, whether they are about the company’s culture, the daily life of the area, or even about the expectations regarding the position.
How an Online Job Interview Works
What was not so common before became the alternative for recruiters and candidates in 2020. Many people had never done an online interview, but they had to adapt and participate in interviews directly from their homes.
The truth is that there are some specific points for online interviews, but, in general, the necessary precautions are the same as for a face-to-face interview, as we have already mentioned in this article.
Here are some important tips for you to do your interview online:
Find a suitable location for the interview
Recruiters understand that we are at a delicate time and that everyone is home. However, you must find a closed environment that does not suffer from interference.
In addition to being in this isolated environment, it is important to let people in your home know that you will be in for an interview. That way, they know you’re busy right now, focused on the interview.
Make sure your connection is working.
Stable and quality internet is essential for a good interview. Make sure you have the proper connection, in an environment where it works well. In some cases, it’s worth using your cell phone’s internet to ensure that the connection doesn’t go down during the interview.
Pay attention to the framing and background
The background of your image cannot appear any further than you. Look for a neutral background, a wall without too many objects, and not too attention-grabbing.
Framing is very important too. The ideal is to maintain balance, showing part of the background and your face as well. Frame the camera so that it shows from your chest to above your face. That way, you’ll have space to gesture too and don’t give the impression of “suffocation” in the image.
Test before starting
In addition to checking the connection and ensuring optimal framing, test the platform to be used in the interview. Check if you need to create an account, if you need to download the program or if you can access it via a link, and make sure everything is working fine.
Activate “do not disturb” mode
With the “do not disturb” mode, you ensure that no notifications appear on your screen during the interview. This is important to keep your full focus on the interview, and it shows the recruiter that your attention is fully in that moment.
speak looking at the camera
Eye to eye is a very important element in the face-to-face interview. But it’s possible to bring that feeling into an online interview by looking directly into the camera.
A tip to do this more naturally is to position the recruiter’s screen close to your camera. That way, you can look at the recruiter during the interview and still keep your eyes straight on the camera.
Did you know all these good practices for job interviews? Are you already in the habit of all of them?
In addition to putting all the tips in the article into practice, you must be yourself during the interview. Despite the nervousness, which is normal, the best thing to do is to show yourself in a genuine way to the recruiter and thus advance in the next steps of the selection process.
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