The manner in which you talk about yourself determines your success.
Although each job interview is different yet in order to leave behind an impression in an interview for a job of any nature, there are a few generic pointers that one needs to remember.
1. Offer the Solution: Generally the vacancies that become available in companies reflect the fact that there is a problem that requires a solution. Problems could be anything like a company advertisement that doesn’t draw customers, or never ending lines of customers seeking a particular service the company offers. By preparing your interview in a way so as to suggest solutions to the prevalent problems can be an effective strategy of scoring high. Start by identifying problems in the posted advertisement. If there is no ad, look into the company’s profile or spot out any generic problem specific to the industry. The idea is to be suggestive of the fact that you have the potential of solving problems and you can back this up by any of your relevant past experiences.
Even if you’re changing careers, you should know that these problems are not always related to a particular industry. The problems may be generic and you may be eligible for them indirectly. For instance any company may have managerial problems like project management, or team formulation etc.
2. Be Precise: Come prepared to interview. There should be a relevant story to support every skill or achievement you claim to have on your resume. If you say you’re a good team player, you should have an explanation as to how you are what you claim to be. Be ready to reveal to them the kind of teams you’ve worked with. Tell the interviewers how a particular trait in you made a difference at the place you worked in before, etc.
3. Exhibit Optimism: A grumpy attitude, showing dissatisfaction with your previous employee or workplace is not a good strategy. It might be suggestive of the fact that you might be a hard person to deal with or adjust in the environment. Revealing incompetency of the former employees may also suggest a rather disloyal nature at your part. No matter how true you might be, always come to an interview with the pretence that you needed something more challenging which the company holding the interview is offering. That could actually work out in an interview.
4. Devise Sound Bites: It’s a good strategy to come prepared with one or two sound bites highlighting your past achievements or experience. While preparing these sound bites ask yourself what outstanding thing you did at your previous place that set you aside from all the other employees and make that you sound bite. For instance, the fact that the project plan you suggested decreased the overall product delivery time by 15% without charging the company any money. Or the advertisement campaign you came up with increased the clientele by 20%.
5. Be Ready to Talk About Your Resume: Generally the outline of an interview is decided by what you put in your cover letter or resume which contains a very brief description of your skills and achievements. Be ready to elaborate every line that you might have typed into that piece of paper, not skipping the details of how you went about it, what you achieved and what you learnt from the experience.
6. Be Mindful of Nonverbal Communication: Be moderate in you general conduct, in the way walk, talk, sit, speak or even shake hands. An aggressive or a limp handshake both may leave behind a bad impression. Keep a straight posture while you walk or sit. Avoid keeping a bag or purse in your lap when you sit. Look in the eye while you answer to the questions. Your facial expressions are very important so smile a little every now and then.