5 effective interview tactics

Naturally job interviews are nerve- wracking, anxious experiences that we all have to go through at some time or other. From going up against lots of other candidates, to your performance on the day, job interviews are a daunting prospect for most people who seek a new job. We’ve compiled the following five effective interview tactics that you may not have thought of, to better prepare you for the big day.

Exchange pleasantries with your interviewer

Whilst opportunities are never usually rife to get to know your interviewer before the interview itself, if you are an intuitive person, exchanging pleasantries may be enough for you to get to know the person sitting opposite you. Look out for their body language, whether their answers are short and to the point, or elongated and flowery. This will put you in good stead to be able to respond appropriately. If you happen to be the first interviewee of the day, get your interview extra early. The chances are that your interviewer might be running early too, giving you more time to get to know them first.

Keep it positive

In terms of both words chosen and body language, we highly recommend that you approach answering your questions in the most positive manner possible. Think of instances where your decisions and actions have had a positive impact, and speak fondly of your work and career so far. Remember to make regular eye contact when speaking or listening to your interviewer to help convey your confidence and overall positivity.

Refrain from negotiation

A lot of jobseekers fall into the trap of trying to negotiate job terms and conditions whilst they are still in the interview. This generally goes down pretty badly with interviewers, and as a rule of thumb should not be brought up at all at this stage of the job seeking process. As a counter measure, you should familiarise yourself with the terms of the job that you are interviewing for before the big day. In any case, if you wouldn’t have applied for the job if you weren’t attracted by the numbers right?

Think about the motivation behind your interviewer’s questions

When your interviewer asks you a question, he or she will be looking for a relatively specific answer that you will need to comply with in order to be considered for the job. Instead of going with your gut reaction, spend time prior to the interview to think of the questions that your interviewer might ask, and the motivations behind said questions. Even when you are in the interview you should have a brief moment after each question to quickly think about the most appropriate answer to each question you are asked – before you construct your answer to fit around what your interviewer is looking for. Think back to the original job specification that you would have read before applying to the job, and start building your answers around this.

Avoid pre-interview distractions

On the day itself, try refraining from replying to your friends’ texts, Whatsapp messages, or any other of the many distracting entities that seem to plague our lives today, in order to remain focussed on the interview at hand. Whilst working hard not to obsess with the interview itself, spend time clarifying any uncertainties over your breakfast, and consider walking to your interview if you can – as the fresh air will help wipe away any proverbial cobwebs that may have appeared pre-interview.