How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

A job interview gives you the opportunity to showcase who you are – your talents, experience, and passions. In short, it gives you a chance to shine. What you say and do during an interview will either help move you along in the hiring process or it will put you out of the running. During this time of high unemployment rates in the United States, it’s important to do what you can to make a great first impression. Here are some tips on how to improve your interview skills so you can secure the job you want.

#1: Know what your resume says.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important to mention. Make sure you review your work history before your interview, so you can ensure that what you discuss in the interview matches up with your resume details.

#2: Know about the position you’re interviewing for.

Read the job description closely to make sure you know what the potential household employer is looking for. The more informed you are, the easier it will be to handle interview questions, ask questions, and pitch your experience and qualifications to the employer. Practice answering commonly asked interview questions so you can boost your confidence and be more comfortable in answering questions.

#3: Learn how to talk about yourself confidently.

Think of yourself as a product that is being sold. Share why you’re qualified for the position and provide tangible examples of how your experience aligns with the job. Let your passion for your career field show here. Confidence, passion about your industry and willingness to share about yourself will show potential employers that you are interested in the job and not just going through the motions.

#4: Communicate well and know your body language.

Verbal communication is key. Don’t talk too fast and don’t use slang. Speak clearly and if you’re flustered with a question, it’s okay to stop and take a minute to think about it. It’s better to ask for a minute to process the question than stumble through your answer and come across as confused.  Non-verbal communication is just as important too. If your posture is poor, you’re fidgeting with your hands, or not making eye contact, it could indicate that you’re confused, distracted, or lacking self-confidence.

Remember to be a good listener and take time to frame thoughtful questions. Once the interview is done, write a letter of thanks and reiterate your interest in the role. With a solid interview under your belt, your new career awaits.