Acquiring the right degree and sprucing up your workday wardrobe may not be enough to make a hit with the HR, reveals latest research from career guidance gurus. In order to ace that job interview, you need to have an extra edge over the competition and make that crucial first impression perfect for the hiring manager to grab you as the prime candidate.
But, just how do you go about controlling the job interview so you win over your potential employer and do so seemingly effortlessly?
Read on to know the best-kept secrets of the guys that have landed their dream jobs and what is the stuff the top head-hunters look for when assessing the cream of the crop, right here!
It is important to look your part and to act it also. This means, reflecting a personality that fits right in with the job profile outlined to you when you were called for the interview and striving to maintain the appearance through correct choice of wardrobe. E.g. For a formal interview setting, remember the cuff-links and tie and power-dress to impress; for a casual interview, opt for a button-down, crisply ironed shirt and wrinkle-free trousers that give an understated, informal yet comfortable look. Strive to give that polished look a confident air of easy elegance by offering a firm handshake as a limp one can give contrary signals to what you are trying to pull off.
Try not to reveal any body art or way-out hair colors at the interview and maintain a straight, but easy posture during the interview – never stiff. Remember to also keep all image-enhancing behavior (such as flicking your hair off your fore-head or using hand gestures frequently) only serve to distract the person conducting the interview, so refrain from indulging in these.
It pays to come prepared mentally for some of the typical interview questions most head hunters toss your way (e.g. mention a problem you faced in team-work and how you solved it or an instance of your leadership abilities). If you practice saying these common answers aloud, they won’t come out as stories and seem credible when you provide them to the prospective employer, which is half the battle won for winning you your dream job.