It is important for us to re-define the meaning of an interview as an opportunity of relation-building. One is required to own it as a relationship which works with a sense of responsibility and mutual consideration, to nail it. A job interview surely asks for some sophisticated manoeuvring which we will discuss below.
Before entering or while preparing for an interview, try answering the following questions for yourself – Are you just trying to gain an interview experience? Do you really want this job? Do you consider yourself an appropriate fit for the job? Does it meet your expectations? Are you prepared enough for the interview? Are you even willing to sit for the interview?
Answering these questions holds the potential of clearing your mental path and will allow you to proceed sincerely with the interview.
‘Frame of mind’ check!
An individual witnesses various phases of life, meets a variety of people, is involved in diverse experiences and the process inevitably allows the development of a particular set of ideas about the world, and its issues. An interview can take up any course therefore, one must be clear about one’s views, perspectives, and vision of life. This clarity of mind reflects how much an individual can be trusted. Once the interviewer realizes your ‘frame of mind,’ it becomes easier to bond over common views and ideas which can surely help you earn the job.
A formal physical appearance is a cliché of a job interview, colours promise to set the rhythm of it. For the range of job profiles like creative, marketing, PR, HR, engineers, technicians, developers, content creators, journalists, writers, the entire range of colors must be considered. For instance, white puts forth the idea of responsibility while black on the other side is the color of leadership. Similarly, gray presents logic, reason, and analysis while blue exudes confidence and trust. More loud colors like orange and yellow portray creativity but must be smartly chosen as they aren’t really professional.
A formal communication setting such as a job interview shouldn’t be hyped about its sophistication but a hint of informal connection is an add-on. For instance, the interviewer’s name can be used while making a point or referring to a few common thoughts you share with the interviewer. The triple nod technique is yet another way of establishing intimacy by providing the interviewer with a non-verbal cue through three consecutive nods, about how keen you are to listen to what he/she wishes to say. Such cues and gestures help establish a relationship that is difficult to deny as it proves you to be responsible, thoughtful, and empathetic.
Reflective listening or reflective communication grants a lot of positive points during the interview. Reflecting the interviewer’s mannerism and vision allows him/her to believe that you’re a congenial company who is willing to be a part of or share any kind of social environment. This allows one to be considered an appropriate fit for any organization with respect to public relations, human resources, and communication strategies. Brief moments of eye contact with the interviewer help in establishing the intensity of your engagement and justify how well you reflect upon the interviewer’s line of thinking.
Interviewer’s age check!
One must not be ignorant about the interviewer’s age as it will demand from you a little manoeuvring of responses. We are likely to be subjected to baby boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y. The nature of one’s responses must range from being respectful to creative to practical respectively. It might not seem as big a deal to be concerned about the age of the interviewer yet for the establishment of some amount of similarity with him/her, it would prove to be a smart decision.
‘Balance of expression’ check!
It is important to maintain a balance between being too friendly and too assertive. One must surely be enthusiastic and full of vigor but not too informal in approach. Friendly, relation-building cues are essential but a self-radar must constantly keep your behavior in check so that you do not end up in complete submissiveness. To put forth the idea that you are competitive, rational, and confident, try a safe degree of assertion.
A small talk prior to the interview must not be discounted. It is essential for rapport building and acknowledging the course that interview might take. One must also not markdown the essence of consonance our body must have with that of the interviewer’s. Most importantly, the position and movement of our hands must be in check. Open palms or steepled hands lay forth the idea of sincerity and confidence respectively.
It would be witty to consider the above-mentioned checks before landing for an interview. No interview is good or bad but an experience in itself to understand the value of communication.