How to behave in a job interview
When we are looking for employment and new job opportunities, before entering the position we are applying for, we usually have to face a job interview . This is a situation that generates nerves and discomfort, but we must also be aware that it is the perfect time to demonstrate our worth in this sector and our desire to work, so it will be essential that we act and perform properly if we want That position is ours. Pay attention to the advice we give you in this article about how to behave in a job interview and you will be very successful!
Take into account that the person who is going to interview you does not know you and that the first impression counts and a lot. Therefore, it will be essential that you have a good presence and take care of your image that day, go to the interview well dressed in an outfit that reflects that you are a neat, clean and formal person.
If you are not sure what clothes to wear for that occasion, we advise you to consult the tips of the article How to dress for a job interview. This is how you will start the interview with a very good foot!
In a job interview, the employer will ask you questions of various kinds, from questions about your professional skills, your salary expectations to some more personal ones. The most important thing is that you always speak clearly and concisely, without stretching too much and showing yourself sure of what you say. Try to be yourself as much as possible (without showing arrogance), because if you try to be someone or something that you are not, it is very likely that the interviewer will realize and not want you to be part of their company.
In the article How to speak in a job interview you can see more details about the language you should use.
The best candidate for a job is one who has professional skills already developed for that particular job, so it is important that during the interview you reinforce your work experience and sell yourself following the line of requirements required for that offer. It will be useless to present yourself as someone who does not have the knowledge to perform the tasks and functions of that job. In addition, it is important that you never use words that undervalue your work or denote that you feel inferior, such as: "I have only done ...", "I have no experience in ...", "I do not know very well what is ...", etc.
In the event that you do not have much experience, do not worry, it is best that you demonstrate the desire you have to learn within that sector and grow professionally.
During the job interview, it is important that you show your interest and enthusiasm (without exaggerating too much) to be part of the staff of that company. For this, a very valuable trick is that previously you inform slightly about what they do, the services they offer, their philosophy, their achievements, their goals, etc., all this information will serve to focus your answers and the employer will see that you not only have an economic interest in that work.
Most likely, they will ask you about your former jobs, as well as the companies you have worked in so far. It is essential that you avoid speaking ill or criticizing your former bosses, as well as giving many details about the company's internal operations. In the case that they ask you to justify your job changes, resort to positive and objective explanations but without cheating because they could ask for references about you to your former bosses.
In addition to these points, in order to behave in a job interview properly and be able to overcome it successfully, some basic things must be avoided, such as those detailed below:
- Show you nervous. Try to calm your nerves before the job interview and be sure of yourself.
- Have a negative attitude Do not show pessimism and express yourself by giving positive explanations.
- Divert from the questions. Respond with clear and concise answers, avoiding walking around the branches or being elusive.
- Lie. As we have already indicated, you must be sincere when talking about yourself and not express things about your CV or your professional skills that are not reality, because if you are the chosen one this will be counterproductive for you in the future.
- Speak colloquially Your language must be careful, avoiding certain colloquialisms and vulgar words. Remember that it is a job interview and not an informal chat among friends.
- Having a bad posture Sit always straight in the chair and avoid leaning too far back, put your hands in your pockets, put them behind the neck, touch your hair continuously, etc., since you could give a feeling of little interest.
- Do not look the interviewer in the eyes. It is important that while you talk, look in the eyes of the interviewer to show him / her security.
- Chewing gum or eating candy.