Millennials are known to be enthusiastic and creative with a world of technical and theoretical knowledge that can make them compete with the brightest minds in the business. However, just being skilled is never enough when you want to ace a job interview and you need to have the right approach to the entire process. With all the skilled millennials sitting for a job interview, it is not like all of them are getting selected. The reason behind that is because they are less experienced at job interviews and end up making the mistakes that veterans have learned to avoid.
So you have read all about the company, revised all of the possible questions and their answers, and feel ready to take on the interview with nothing stopping you. But all of that effort is just the beginning of the process. Read on to know all the tips that you need to keep in mind to ace your next job interview.
Turn that phone off for good
Yes, we know you love your phone, but when you are in an interview, it is best to put it aside. Better keep a watch to keep a track of time. Keep in mind that the eyes are on you right from the moment you step into the building and you will not get a second chance at making a first impression. Checking your phone repeatedly before an interviewing will make you look distracted and not confident enough. If you have any of your interview notes on the phone, then check your phone before entering the building and switch it off and put it in your blazer coat for good.
Master the art of greeting the interviewer
Your way of greeting the interviewer is also the part of your first impression. This will set the tone for the rest of the discussion that you have in that room. Make sure to greet him or her with a smile and show your confidence with a firm handshake. Usually, the interviewer introduces himself or herself at first, and in that case, you can repeat their name in greeting them. For instance, go for something like “Good Morning (name of the interviewer), nice to meet you.” and so on. This gives the idea that you have been paying attention from the moment you stepped into the room.
Mirror the interviewer’s inflection
You need to mirror the same inflection as the interviewer if you really want to make a good impression. If you are speaking too much whereas your interviewer is replying in short sentences, you can be assured that it is not going a good way. Even the length of your speech should emulate that of the interviewer. It keeps the discussion just rightfully professional and makes sure that there is a meaningful conversation instead of one person just rambling off for no reason.
Avoid casual languages and fillers
Your language can be the biggest deal breaker if you are prone to using words such as ‘cool,’ ‘ahh,’ or ‘awesome.’ Interviewers detest casual words like this, and you can in no way use the words that you generally use in your everyday interactions. You do not have to put in ‘umm’ and ‘hmm’ every two seconds to show that you are listening and even a simple nod of the head suffices (but do not keep nodding your head repeatedly as well!). You can try replacing words like using ‘perfect’ in place of ‘cool’ and ‘interesting’ in place of ‘awesome.’
Be honest and enthusiastic but humble
This might sound like common sense but trust us people make more mistakes at this point than all others. Be honest to state the things that you have and have not done but make sure that you do not take it to the point of bragging. It is okay to embellish a bit but do not state anything or write anything on your CV that can be easily checked up by them for falsehood. The interviewers have more sources of gathering knowledge than you can think and it takes seconds for them to differentiate between honest enthusiasm and meaningless boasting.
Make the interview seem like an open dialogue
The interview should not seem like a one-sided conversation where the interviewer speaks, and you simply agree. Make it a discussion between you and the interviewer. You do not need to wait until the end of the interview to ask the questions in your mind. You can slip the questions easily in between the conversation to make it feel like you are conversing in equal measures. It shows that you have come prepared for your job and you have the much-needed know-how about the company. This is something that will earn you brownie points with the interviewer.
The right way of exiting
So, your interview is done, and you need to exit the room. Do not rush out of the room like you have just dodged a bullet. Think of this as your last chance to impress the interviewer. Your exit sentence should be something along the lines of “It was great talking to you” or “Thank you so much for taking the time out to speak to me.” The statement should sound natural and not like something that has come out rehearsed and practiced a million times. Walk out in confident strides and your normal pace and make sure to close the door gently. Your work there is done, and now, you will have to wait for the results.
Many millennials have the complaint that instead of having all the skills and giving so many interviews, they are yet to land a job. Regardless of whether you have the same complaint, or this is your first time, keep in mind these seven guidelines to ace your next interview.