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22 Jan 2018

10 Powerful Language Tips for Your Next Interview

1. The Perfect Handshake
The perfect handshake should be strong, hold a complete grasp of the hand, and should be accompanied by eye contact and a smile.

 

2. Exude Confidence
Confidence is one of the top qualities employers look for in applicants. To exude this confidence in your body language, keep your positioning open. Walk into the interview room with shoulders back and your head held high. While standing, strike a power pose.

 

3. Minimize Fidgeting
Try to refrain from making any nervous gestures over the course of the interview. Fidgeting indicates that you are stressed, and it can make the interviewer uneasy as well. Nervous gestures can distract the interviewer from what you’re saying and even undermine your credibility. Make an effort to remain still during the interview, to project an image of calmness and confidence.

 

4. Avoid Wardrobe Distractions
Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. This shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. This will prevent the interviewer from getting distracted by your attire and allow them to focus on what you are saying.

 

5. Make and Maintain Eye Contact – But Don’t Stare
Making eye contact shows that you are being direct and that you are listening and engaged to your interviewer. Even without speaking, proper eye contact shows that you are an active participant in the conversation.

 

6. Make Sure Tone and Expression Match
Make sure that both your tone and expression match to convincingly get across your message. Mean what you say, and say what you mean.

 

7. Your Voice Should Be Bold – But Not Arrogant
The tone of your voice says more than your words do. Sound confident and try to make changes in your pitch, otherwise you can sound monotone and it can prevent the interviewer from finding it engaging.

 

8. Be Organized
Body language says a lot about an applicant. If you brought papers to the interview, have them organized and ready to be laid on the table so you don’t have to shuffle through your briefcase or handbag and risk coming across as unorganized. Your movements should be minimal and contribute to the conversation, not interrupt.

 

9. Ask Questions
When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No”, wrong answer. Asking questions gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

 

10. Exit Strategy
When the interview is over, reiterate your interest in the position, and thank the group for spending time with you. Make eye contact, shake hands with everyone in the room and try to use the name of each individual as you shake hands.