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Ten Ways To Improve Your Interview Performance

Ten Ways To Improve Your Interview Performance

You found an awesome job online, applied and got a call from a recruiter who wants to schedule an upcoming interview. Here are some interviewing tips to help you get ready. Even the most qualified job seekers need to prepare for a job interview. These particular skills are learned over time and there are no second chances when it comes to making a great first impression

Nonverbal Communication Skills

When it comes to demonstrating confidence, make sure you are standing up straight, making direct eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. The first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning to your interview.

How To Dress For The Interview

It is important to know what to wear to an interview whether it is conducted online or in person. If you wear something less formal you will want to keep in mind the company culture and the position that you are seeking. If possible, call or research further to find out about the company dress code before the interview.


From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer while matching that style and pace.

Don't Talk Too Much 

Giving the interviewer more than they need to know could be a mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your relevant skills with the position's requirements and relating only that information which can be beneficial regarding your potential candidacy. You can also reach out to a career coach who specializes in interviewing techniques so they can help you get ready for your upcoming interview.

Don't Be Too Familiar 

The interview is a professional meeting in order to talk business. Your level of familiarity should compliment the interviewer's questions. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions without going overboard.

Utilize Appropriate Language

It is a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Don’t stray from this.

Don't Be Full Of Yourself

Attitude plays an integral role when it comes to your interview success. There is a fine line between confidence and professionalism. If you are putting on a performance in order to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence can be perceived as bad by the interviewer. 

Answer The Questions

When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you contributed positively towards the company’s bottom line, they are asking behavioral interview questions which are designed to elicit a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don't answer the question but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your transferable skills.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

When asked if you have any questions, most candidates answer, "No." Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask relevant questions that demonstrate an interest in what goes on within the company. The best questions come from listening to what you are asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

Don't Come Off As Desperate

When you interview with the "please hire me" approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Make sure you come off as calm, cool and collected.