During a job interview an employer will assess you on a number of factors. Questions you ask, how you answer their questions and your CV are just a few of the things they will be scrutinising. But employers also look at your job interview behaviour to assess what kind of candidate you are and whether you will fit in with their team. To prepare for an interview you should outline what behaviour is favourable in an interview and get practicing!
Job interview body language is vital. Negative body language like crossing your arms and not keeping eye contact with the interviewer could give them the wrong impression. Negative body language can breed too – if you enter the job interview in a bad mood it’s likely the interviewer will develop this and this won’t help your chances of securing employment. Instead, focus on practicing positive body language. Keeping eye contact with the employer, hand gestures and nodding are all examples of positive body language. The more you do during the interview, the more positive the interviewer will feel and they’ll be left with a good impression of your application.
Being punctual for your interview is vital as the employer is likely to feel this is your usual behaviour. If you turn up late the interviewer is likely to think you will do this on the job and therefore it could hinder your chances of a second interview. Before you attend ensure you check the address of the building, plan your travel route and allow plenty of time to get there.
Many people don’t realise it but tone during an interview is something all employers will look out for. If you are going for a sales job, the employer won’t be impressed if you have a monotonous, unenthusiastic tone to your voice. Similarly, if you are being interviewed for a telemarketing job the employer will need to see that you have a good telephone manner and tone of voice. Ensure you spend time practicing tone with a friend either on the phone or face-to-face to help you prepare.
Thanking the employer for their time, introducing yourself to the receptionist, acknowledging other members of staff…all of these count towards your job interview behaviour. Being polite is something all employers look out for – especially if you are applying to a customer facing role.
During the job interview it is essential to show you are inquisitive. Not just about the job role and the key responsibilities but also the company and progression opportunities. If you are inquisitive the employer will feel you are keen to work for the company and have a genuine interest in the industry. If you spend little time asking questions or being interested about the job the employer will disengage – so be inquisitive to keep them interested.