According to ijreview.com, people working in the private system are 3 times most likely to get fired this summer. Since most of our audience is coming from the private sector, this article could come in handy.
In case you didn’t know, there are a few ways to ensure that your interview will be a huge hit with the company you’ve been pursuing for so long. Also, let’s take a few things into consideration: your work experience, your communication skills and your wardrobe. Read this article and find out how and what to talk about, which clothes to put on and when to ask a good question.
1. Dress to impress
You probably heard this a million times by now, but clothes really say a lot about you. When it comes to job interviews, be sure that people will over-analyze them, so give them no reason to frown. Here are the rules: no polka dots, prints, crazy colors (yellow, orange, fuchsia, turquoise), avoid blue (although many people go for this color thinking it’s professional, blue makes you look like a person who’s insecure, cold and tends to lie a lot, according to scientists).
What to wear, in this case? Ladies: a white shirt/blouse, a loose cardigan (grey/ black/ beige), a skit that’s not above the knee or too tight in a light color (white, beige, grey), professional shoes (not high heels, but also not nurse shoes either!), your hair in a low bun and as little makeup as you can. Also, you may want to leave your jewelry at home and only put on your watch.
Gentlemen: a one piece suit that’s grey, preferably, a black tie and a white shirt. Fix your hair, but don’t use too much hair product, shave, use a tiny bit of cologne and trim your nails. For both men and women: use deodorant, make sure your breath smells fresh and always walk up straight.
2. Watch your tone
Scientists discovered that the tone of our voice is probably more important than what we are saying, so your voice should be soothing, relaxed, and confident. Don’t speak too fast or too slow, try to avoid urban expressions like “making some dough”, “playing with the big guys”, “you know what I mean”.
Don’t raise your voice no matter what question you are asked, always keep your cool and have a handkerchief on you, if you know you sweat a lot during interviews. Apologies for sweating and admit being nervous (“I’m nervous because I really want this job and wouldn’t like to miss such an opportunity”- people like honesty and flattery).
3. Be positive
Even if you’ve been waiting for an hour to speak to your interviewer, pretend like that was nothing (“It actually gave me a chance to put my thoughts in order and have a look around your wonderful establishment!”), be fresh, quick on your feet and assertive. When asked a question, don’t be allusive and tell the truth.
Admit being wrong about things, don’t blame your former employee (“It just wasn’t meant to be. That was a great company, just maybe not for me”) for not having a job now, don’t show resent towards your former co-workers and try to be politically-correct. Don’t oversell yourself, don’t sound like a car salesman (unless you’re applying for that exact job!) and do make eye contact. There’s no reason to hide your eyes from your interviewer- if you do, it will look like you’re hiding something.
4. Ask questions
Of course, you have to ask more about the company, how many employees has, what’s their internal policy, what the company expects from its employees, ask about any potential benefit, if the company is thinking of expanding its activity and so on. You may also want to ask about the working conditions, free days, sick days, dental and medical insurance and the list goes on.
I noticed that a lot of people like to ask “What could get me fired?” which is a terrible idea. First of all, it lets the interviewer think you’re not serious about your work and that you just want to avoid getting fired. Secondly, it may sound like your work ethics are not the best and that you only care about getting paid.
5. Be sincere
The interviewer will also ask personal questions like: “Are you married?”, “Do you have any kids?”, “How do you spend your free time?” Be sincere and answer all the questions: don’t hide your children from your potential employer even if that could make you less desirable, be proud of who you are, of your family and try to get everything straight right away: “I have this many kids and I love them, but I also love working and need a job just like they need to go to school”.
If you are a man, talk about your relationship status without giving too much information. If you are about to get married, keep that to yourself. Don’t let the interviewer think that they also have to cover your new spouse’s insurance. When you already have kids, they can’t really do much about it but accept the fact.
6. Engage with your interviewer
Yes, the interviewers are human beings too: they like to go on vacations, try new food, take selfies and look at kitty videos on YouTube. When asked about you traveling destinations, go with “I’ve been to (insert location here). Ever been there?”. The interviewer needs to feel at ease with you, making sure you engage in conversations. Also, if you only talk about yourself, what’s that going to look like? Don’t be too egocentric and everything should go well!
7. It’s all about the handshake
The perfect handshake is: two shakes and release. Not too squeezed, not too loose. No sweaty palms, no weird nails, no invading the interviewer’s personal space and no looking down when talking.
8. Be confident
Don’t be too humble, take credit for your merits, bring out your best features (hard working person, dynamic, creative, people-skilled, great co-worker, fun to be around) and it’s important to let your interviewer know that you’d love to learn from other people and also share your knowledge with the rest of your potential department.
9. Admit you don’t know everything
You’ll probably be asked if you can use this or that program. If the answer is no, then don’t lie about it. But try to tell what you can use instead, come up with a different method and way of doing things and try to lie as little as possible. Admit that it takes a lot to be a great employee and that you have all it takes.
10. Smile every now and them
Sure, your number one priority is to look professional, but that doesn’t mean you have to be so serious all the time. Smile every now and then, make little jokes (harmless!), be open, and make the other person want to know you better as an individual and as a co-worker. Many times the person interviewing you is a potential co-worker, boss, manager and so on. You have to make them want to work with you above everybody else.
Also, here are a few rules for you: be there on time, don’t frown, don’t look down, be polite to everybody, stand up straight and don’t hide your hands under the desk- place them on it and use them in conversation, but not too much though.
Keep this in mind next time you go to an interview and you’ll definitely get the job! Good luck, everyone!