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Updated: May 31, 2023

Author: Ema Oberpfalzerova

Date of Publication: 18/11/2022

An interview is one of the most popular selection methods used by recruiters. I’m pretty sure that every single one of us has already faced it in our career path or at least will do so shortly. However, despite the popularity of this method, HR professionals consider it highly overrated due to its inefficiency and low validity and reliability. Therefore, this article will firstly focus on how to prepare for an interview, secondly, on what to do and what not to do during being interviewed.

An interview is one of the most popular selection methods used by recruiters.

The interview is for the employer an opportunity to:

  • assume the experience and performance ability of the candidate

  • clarify the value proposition of employees, including the employee benefits and learning opportunities

  • give an affirmative first impression of the organization

And for the candidate, it is an opportunity to:

  • to fully understand the job and its responsibilities

  • ask questions to clarify any uncertainties

  • decide if they want to take the job or not

Getting ready for an interview

Firstly, just simply get prepared. The minimum you can do is to ensure once more the date and time of the interview. If it's a face-to-face interview, confirm the location, driving directions, best route or where to park. If it's an online interview, be sure you have a strong internet connection and complete privacy, save from any disturbances.

Secondly, dig deeper and do research. What is the expected duration? What might be expected from you? What is the appropriate dress code? What kind of business is it? Who are their clients? Most of the information will be provided in the email or on the company website. Therefore, visit it and read it carefully so as not to be surprised.

Lastly, practice and practice. List your skills, experiences or strengths that directly apply to the job. Go through the typical interview questions, answer them in front of a mirror or record your answers to eliminate inappropriate language. Moreover, body language plays an important role. Try not to make nervous gestures and feel more confident.

  • be prepared

  • conduct research and all information possible

  • practice your answers

What to do during the interview

When responding to a question, have firm and direct eye contact with the interviewer. If there is more than one of the interviewers, respond primarily to the person who asked you, but ensure you keep eye contact with others as well. Be open, honest and forthright, try to avoid long explanations and indirect responses. Remain positive, smile and let your body talk. When asked about your weaknesses or challenges you have faced, be honest and positive, and address how you handle them.

  • direct eye contact

  • be open and honest

  • answer directly and briefly

Your posture during the interview plays a significant role.

What to avoid during the interview

Your posture during the interview plays a significant role. For example, sitting with crossed arms or bending back will negatively impact the whole impression. First of all, it will make you feel more nervous, and it will be harder to relax yourself. Secondly, you will seem close and distant to the interview. Always organize your thoughts so you do not ramble or answer confusingly.

  • let your body talk

  • do not sit with your arms crossed

  • organize your thoughts

After the interview

Remember to express thanks for the interview by sending a follow-up letter directly to the interviewer. Thank you for the time spent with you, and ask when they will come to a decision if they haven't already discussed it. What’s more, you can answer questions you may have missed during the interview.

  • send a thank letter

  • express your gratefulness

  • stay positive and write the letter positively as well

In conclusion, there are some handy information and tips provided for everyone facing an interview. We have discussed all of the basic points to help pass it successfully, from the preparation to the post-interview situation. So, good luck with your next interview and remember, the first impression we make matters most.


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