If you are finding that your resume is opening plenty of doors for you, but the interviews you are getting aren’t translating into job offers, it may be that your interview technique needs a little work. There are specific ways that you can work on your technique to ensure that you’re giving the best impression when you walk in the door and throughout the entire interview.
First, let’s look at the most common issue many job seekers face. You need to be able to present yourself in the best possible light the minute you walk through that door. Make sure that you are dressed well, that your appearance is neat and clean and that you walk in a confident manner. Even the best clothes in the world won’t help you if you give the impression that you are not confident.
Square your shoulders, walk with your head up and meet your interviewer’s eyes immediately. Giving the impression of inner confidence will create the impression that you are an ideal candidate in the interviewer’s mind.
The next step is to improve your actual interviewing technique. The best way to accomplish this is to work with an interview trainer or coach and have them walk you through each part of the job interview. This will also help you build confidence and make the interview process less stressful.
Another great technique is to have the coach videotape the practice sessions. This gives you the opportunity to see how you present yourself and will highlight areas that need a little work. If you appear uncertain or reticent in some sections, work extra hard on improving in this area.
While you’re obviously not going to get an offer for every interview you land, you can increase your chances of getting the job you want by fine-tuning your approach.