When interviewing a job applicant, the employer is looking for someone who meets the requirements of the position and the needs of the company. They are looking for thoughtful and concrete answers to their questions to show that you have the experience necessary to be successful in the position. However, there is still one very important component that the interviewer is also looking for. This is the component that can make or break your chances of getting hired. This component is your personality.
Employers want to see how you will fit into the culture of the company. They want to get a feel for what it would be like to work with you on a day to day basis. This judgment can often be just as important as your qualifications. You may very well go into the interview fully prepared, ready to show that you are the best fit for the role, and that you are exactly what they are looking for. Although, even if you check all of the boxes on paper, it may not be enough. If you don't 'click' with the interviewer, they very well may choose someone else for the job.
It's easy to forget to show your personality in an interview, as it can often be a stressful experience. People are more focused on saying the right thing, and they can forget to just be themselves. It is important to remember though, that interviewers typically know how nerve racking it can be to sell yourself and your abilities to a stranger. Employers are generally forgiving of the slip up of words and awkward silences that these nerves can create. While you may not be able to eloquently articulate everything on your mind, don't be too hard on yourself. Be professional, but let your personality shine through.
If you are not a naturally extroverted, charismatic person, there are many ways to let your personality show in the interview.
Smile, Smile, Smile
This is key and so important when connecting with the interviewer. In general, most jobs involve interacting with other people - and people want to work with friendly people! It seems basic, but you will leave a much better impression if you are able to make good eye contact and smile throughout your interview.
You do want this job, right? Employers want to hire someone who is excited about the opportunity, and eager to get started. If you don't appear to be interested and enthusiastic in the interview, the interviewer may question your commitment and interest to this position. They may hire a similarly qualified person who actually seems like they are ready to get started.
Be aware of how you are presenting yourself. During the interview, you will need to make sure that you are sitting up straight. Avoid crossing your arms and try not to nervously tap your foot or bounce your leg. Overall, aim for a relaxed, professional, and approachable vibe. This will put you at ease, and it will let the interviewer know that you are comfortable and confident in your abilities.
Focusing on these actions can make all the difference in your job interviews. Contact us for more interview tips.
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