5 Interviewing Tips To Get That
A. Abdul Rashid
• "Your first impression is your only impression."
Nothing is worse than a limp handshake,
slumped shoulders, poor eye contact or poor
communication skills. A potential employer
can tell immediately if you are the man or
woman for this job by your body language.
• Although aggressiveness is a turn-off, being
passive gives the indication that you are not
sure of yourself or your qualifications. Keep
eye contact when answering questions or
when the interviewer is speaking directly to
you. Smile occasionally to show your interest
• Keeping a steady gaze on the interviewer can
be disturbing to an interviewer. Look away
occasionally. Lean forward to show that you
are interested in what the interviewer is
saying. Speak in a concise and clear voice. If
you have problems annunciating certain
words, don't try to use them on an interview.
If this is difficult for you, practice with a mirror
and pay attention to your facial expressions.
• Other interview killers:
-Slouching in a chair
-Crossing your arms
-Playing with your hair or jewelry
-Leaning back in chair
Act As If
• "You are what you believe."
Act as if you had the job. What would you do
if you had this position? How would you act?
How would a person in this position act and
speak? What are your responsibilities in this
• What is a typical day like for you in this job?
Change your attitude towards yourself and
your strengths. If you start thinking that you
won't get the job, you will do small
unnoticeable things to sabotage your chances.
Know The Company
• "Know your business."
I once sat on a couple of interviews where the
interviewees did not do any research on the
company. This sends a message that you are
looking for any job, not this specific job. Once
you're interview is scheduled, get on the net
and start finding out everything you can about
• Call the company headquarters and ask for
the marketing department to get specific
information. Weave your research into the
interview by stating. "I read an article in the
Wall Street Journal, which mentioned that
your company is thinking about XYZ."
• This lets the interviewer know that you have
taken the time to know more about the
company. You can ask questions about
something you read, but don't challenge them
or you'll come across as a know-it-all
• "Know what to say."
Most interviewers ask the same standard
questions about your strengths, weaknesses,
former employers, work history. If you are
being interviewed by several people, this
might be a good cop, bad cop situation. Pay
attention to who is playing bad cop, they are
looking for signs of weakness and dishonesty.
• To be well prepared, before the interview,
write out all your accomplishments, both
personal and professional. List your strengths
and weaknesses. Be honest, it's easier to
remember the truth than it is a lie. Extra Tip:
Write out situations in which you have
demonstrated: leadership skills,
determination, stress management, creativity,
• Be prepared to answer the question: "Why do
you want this job?" If you're not sure,
reevaluate your decision. If you arrive a few
minutes early, review what you wrote in the
waiting room before the interview. Great list
of interview questions: Tested Interview
Ask For The Job
• "You get what you ask for.“
• The most important step in the interviewing
process is one most people miss. ASK FOR THE
JOB! Most interviewers are waiting for that
closure. If you have done everything
exceptionally well during the interviewing
process, but have not asked for the job, you've
just wasted an interview.
• Asking for the job shows the potential
employer that you are assertive, confident
and right for the job. It might feel
uncomfortable, but this is your only chance to
ask for something you really want. Make sure
your voice is firm and you make eye contact.
• Think of it as your closing argument, you've
got to win over the jury. You should also ask
the interviewer if he or she thinks you are
right for the job. Even if they tell you
something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson
learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask
for the job. You deserve it!
• A. Abdul Rashid