How To Behave During Your Interview
Preparing for your interview is very important, but the interview itself is, of course, even more important. When you’re unsure of how to behave during your interview, the stress can be more intense than it needs to be. Follow these guidelines on how to behave during your interview to impress your future employer:
Arrive on time
Never be late for an interview. Ever. This only conveys the message that you don’t have manners. And arriving on time actually means “be 10 minutes early.” But don’t be too early, either. If you’re unsure about the travel time, rather play it safe and be too early, but don’t enter the building more than 15 minutes early; rather wait in your car or find a seat outside the building.
While you wait
While waiting for your interviewers to collect you, avoid playing with your phone, eating, or smoking. Make sure your phone is switched off by this time – a ringing phone during an interview is an almost unforgivable act.
Greeting your interviewer(s)
Stand up to greet the interviewer, and offer them a firm handshake. This is applicable to both male and female candidates. State your name clearly and tell them it’s nice to meet them. Avoid small talk unless they speak to you first.
When you sit down
Always wait for your interviewer to show you where to sit, and wait for them to take their seat before you sit down. Sit up straight and don’t cross your arms and legs. Keep both feet on the floor with your hands placed neatly on your lap. Don’t fidget with your fingers or feet during your interview. Don’t ask for something to drink if they didn’t offer you something.
Talking to your interviewer
Be sure to make eye contact when you’re speaking to each other, but take care not to stare. Never interrupt the interviewer. Allow them to finish their question before you answer. Think before you speak, and avoid saying “uhm…” too much. Speak clearly, don’t mumble or rush through your words.
We discuss some common questions you might encounter during your interview in our next article.