Behavior During Interview...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Establishing Rapport During a Job Interview

By establishing a rapport with your interviewer, you build "common ground" between the both of you. It is important to listen and be sensitive to the interviewer's style.

Listen closely to the interviewer for cues on how you should act. Is he being formal or informal? How loudly is he speaking? What sort of information is he trying to solicit: general, professional, or personal? Once you've determined where the interviewer is 'coming from,' you can follow his or her lead.

Try to speak with the same rhythm and tone of voice. Make some friendly observations about your surroundings. If the interview is conversational, make small talk about your interests, hobbies, or what you did last weekend. Be positive and upbeat. All of these will help both of you relax and establish a connection. It's important to appear open and friendly as well. Give the interviewer a firm handshake if he offers it, and remember to smile. Make sure you look attentive, with good posture and consistent eye-contact.

Making a Good Impression on Job Interviews

Here's what you should keep in mind the day of the interview and immediately afterward.

Before the Interview

* Be on time. Evidence of your commitment, dependability, and professionalism
* Be positive and try to make others feel comfortable. Show openness by leaning into a greeting with a firm handshake and smile. Don't make negative comments about current or former employers
* Relax. Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation

During the Interview

* Show self-confidence. Make eye contact with the interviewer and answer his questions in a clear voice
* Remember to listen
* Reflect before answering a difficult question
* When it is your turn, ask the questions you have prepared in advance. These should cover any information about the company and job position you could not find in your own research
* Do not ask questions that raise red flags
* Show you want the job. You might also ask about specific details of the job position, such as functions, responsibilities, who you would work with, and who you would report to
* Avoid negative body language. Avoid these signs of nervousness and tension:
o Frequently touching your mouth
o Faking a cough to think about the answer to a question
o Gnawing on your lip
o Tight or forced smiles
o Swinging your foot or leg
o Folding or crossing your arms
o Slouching
o Avoiding eye contact
o Picking at invisible bits of lint

After the Interview

* End the interview with a handshake and thank the interviewer for his or her time. Reiterate your interest in the position and your qualifications. Ask if you can telephone in a few days to check on the status of your application. If they offer to contact you, politely ask when you should expect the call
* Follow up with a phone call if you are not contacted within a week of when the interviewer indicated you would be.


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