When you make it to an interview,perhaps one of the most important things to remember is that there is no real downside from here on,so long as you have done the preparation.Hopefully, you will end up getting the job,but even if you dont, youre getting valuable practice in doing interviews.Remember that practice definitely works to your advantage. never let yourself become jaded,complacent, or pessimistic just because youve been to a few interviews without getting the job .
That said,it can be difficult to know how to present yourself,especially when different sources offer contradictory advice.One employment agencys website may advise you to maintain strong eye contact with the interviewer,use a firm hand shake,and rehearse answers to common questions beforehand. the net may talks about employers being turned off by the mechanical eye contact,crushing handshake,and scripted answers of candidates who just read a how to succeed in a job interview manual.
There are some things on which there seems to be common agreement, including:be on time,and be well and neatly dressed and groomed.maintain good posture at all times,whether seated,standing,or walking (without overdoing things to the point of appearing false or mechanical).
Be enthusiastic,positive, and engaged.Do not appear apathetic,bored,or sullen.Make sure you have done your homework on researching the company in general,and the position in particular.
Have at least a couple of questions you would like to ask about the organisation thought up previously.
Be polite and respectful,keep slang to a minimum.Do not be critical of current or former employers.
Be self-confident but do not come across as a know it all,arrogant,or cynical.Never betray any sense that you are only shopping around and not particularly interested in this particular job.
Much of the above flows naturally from acting in a manner consistent with the target personality profile described our subscribers section. remember,stay in character.Attitudes tested on an initial paper or computer personality test may be tested again at the interview.Questions like how do you perform under pressure and what really irritates you in other employees will be testing the same things at the interview as they were in the personality test.
If asked what you see as your weaknesses (and you probably will be),use this as an opportunity to present a strength as a weakness.