If you have always asked yourself how to be more convincing during job interviews, we have good news for you. It’s not hard at all! You can use some of the tricks employed by good sales- and marketing people. After all, what are you doing if not selling the prospective employer the best of merchandise – yourself. You can‘t go wrong following our recommendations.
1. Prepare for the interview! Nothing makes the conversation run dry faster than being out of good arguments and nothing makes you more nervous than imagining not knowing the answer to the next question. Your conversational partner, on the other hand, mustn’t see you sweating in anguish. Avoid all this by thoroughly preparing for possible questions regarding your personal traits and qualifications and don’t forget to do your research about your potential employer.
2. Be polite! It shouldn’t have to still be said at this point, but people tend to be less and less polite with increasing levels of stress. Show your interviewer that you are able to remember your good manners even under the most stressful of situations.
3. Mind your body language! Take a good look at yourself in the mirror while you imagine and practice going through your job interview. Are your head and shoulders slouched forward or do your gestures betray your nervousness? No problem, you can now change all that. Practice to be perfect.
4. Speak the language of your interviewer! And we don’t mean good command of foreign languages, but something altogether different; have you ever noticed how good salespeople can match the pitch and tone of their voice to those of their customers’? You can do that, too. Does the interviewer talk softly and calmly? Then don‘t get too loud either.
5. Smile with your voice! Whatever you say, always think about smiling while saying it. It will not only relax you, but also make your voice sound a lot warmer and more sympathetic.
6. Mind your talking frequency! Job interviews should not be viewed as opportunities to prove the maximum amount of words you are able to say in one minute to your conversational partner. It should be neither fast, nor slow. Slow talkers seem more competent, but tend to be tiring in the longer run, while fast talkers might go misunderstood. It’s best to vary the frequency of your speech.
7. Be a good listener! Last but not least, be a good listener as well! Nod your head, repeat information when given the opportunity and don’t interrupt the interviewer.