Position yourself in a positive approachable way. What you don’t say can communicate more than your words. Think about the body language that specks confidence – a firm handshake, composure, sitting forward, pausing, considering your answer and not rushing in nervously, maintaining eye contact and minimum movement.
Play Your Role
What is the company really looking for? If you know a little about the role you will know hot to match it. Seek out the pointers that complement your experience and skills. If the role asks for sales ability, think about how you can draw on your experience, it might be different, but can be tailored.
Point of Sale
If you have examples of your work, achievements or other interesting additions that can help make you stand out, bring them along with you. These examples will demonstrate your experience and show your level of interest in the role.
You must be ready to expand on the information presented on your resume and anticipate the route the interviewer might take. No one fits a job perfectly so emphasize your most relevant skill and slant answers to reassure the interviewer that any shortfall is not a problem.
Practice makes perfect. In preparation of your interview, test your fluency by role playing or presenting to a friend or partner.
Don’t use tentative language. Phrases such as ‘I feel I could’, ‘I think I can’, Perhaps I would’ – dilutes the strength of your case.
Don’t confine your answers to monosyllabic ‘yes’ and ‘no’s’ as it make the interview seem like an interrogation. Be enthusiastic but don’t constantly interrupt.
Don’t be evasive. Make a virtue of any career gaps on your resume.
Remember, if you have prepared properly, when you go to an interview you will already have beaten most candidate.