You can prepare all you want for a job interview, but it means nothing if you don't leave your mark during the interview itself. The little things you say or do during a job interview can help you get hired just like that! It may seem a little far-fetched, but it's genuinely true. The chances are you will be quite similar in experience and skills to the other candidates, so your interview performance is what will set you apart.
Are you keen to make a lasting impression during your next interview? Whether it's virtual or in-person, do these three things to increase your chances of getting hired:
Yes, smiling is genuinely a powerful psychological tool during any job interview you attend. The psychology behind smiling is very intriguing; it can boost your mood, make you instantly more attractive, give off a sense of confidence, and encourage others to smile. In short, you can put your interviewers in a better mood by smiling at them, making them think about you in a more positive light. So, be sure to visit your dentist before a job interview for some deep cleaning or whitening to ensure your smile is the best it can be.
Think before you speak
You have so many thoughts in your head during an interview, so much so that it can be hard to get them all out there. When you get asked a question, your instinct is to react quickly and try to speak as fast as possible to get as much information out there as you can. In your head, you're determined to show just how much you understand about this job. However, it can lead to you jumbling your words or stuttering. The worst is when you are thrown a curveball and don't know how to instantly respond. So, you start umming and making other awkward noises as you think of an answer.
Instead, take some time to think before you speak. Have a brief pause, collect your thoughts, then speak calmly and clearly. The pro tip is to have a glass or bottle of water next to you to take a sip of as you compose yourself. You can do this at home with ease, but if you're meeting in person ask them for water at the start of the interview. It will help you seem more composed and intelligent if you think before you speak.
This might be a job interview for you, but you should also think of it as a chance to interview your potential employers. Are they right for you? Does this company deserve your work? Ask questions at the end or during an interview to learn more about the company and show your enthusiasm. Interviewers love it when you do this as it shows you're thinking hard about this job and are taking things seriously.
Sadly, we can't 100% guarantee that you will land every single job you apply for by following these tips. However, we can say with confidence that you will boost your chances of being hired when doing these three things at your next job interview.