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What to do at the beginning and during the interview
We assume now that you’ve already checked out all the steps and advice we’ve given you to be ready for the interview; preparing your attire, researching the company and rehearsing your questions and answers. After all of your preparation the interview day will come and knowing what to do will make the situation much easier for you.
First of all, you need to be on time! Arriving 15 minutes before the interview is always good, you’ll see what the building looks like, the workers and you’ll have a bit of time to relax.
When you’re in the building, you have to check-in with the receptionist or let an employer know that you’re there for the interview (maybe someone already told you who to talk to beforehand). You’re probably going to be asked to take a sit and wait for your name to be called or for someone to come and take you to the interviewing office.
Once you meet your interviewer make sure to greet him or her very politely and confident, a firm and gentle handshake will be perfect for you to introduce each other, remember to make eye contact and mention your name. After this, you’re probably going to be asked to take a sit to start your interview; if nobody tells you where to sit, you may courteously ask where you should.
During the interview show yourself interested and calm about the situation. Being too excited for the job can be a mistake and might upset the interviewer. When you sit, try to feel comfortable, don’t sit in the border of the chair because it will reflect that you’re feeling a bit awkward. You can change your position during the interview, just make sure you don’t do it too often or it’ll seem as if you were very anxious or in a rush. It can be helpful if you see the way the interviewer is sitting, maybe she’s or he’s looking comfortable and confident and you might want to take her or his posture to feel better.
Use your hands as tools that help you express your ideas better. This doesn’t mean that you should over-use your hands and move them non-stop, but sometimes it’s very natural to talk using your hands, so feel free to do it.
Avoid crossing your arms, sometimes people get the idea that you’re being defensive or not open enough to the information that’s being given to you. When you’re listening, try to seem interested, make eye contact and nod whenever you feel they’ve said something important or that you agree.
Daily we move and have our own specific gestures, sometimes we’re not even conscious about them; while in the interview, it’s extremely important to watch the way you move your body and see if there are any movements that are being over-repetitive and that can irritate someone, like tapping your fingers on the table or constantly stomping your feet on the floor. If you feel there’s something that you’re over-doing, practice until you control it.
Pay attention to the interviewer’s body language during the interview! It’s important that asides from being conscious with your own body language, you pay attention to the interviewer’s way of non-verbally communicating. The way he or she moves can give you some hints on how you are performing in the interview. These can be taken as warning signals in the case you are doing something wrong, they can be helpful for you to find out where you’re failing.
Maybe if your body language is making the interviewer uncomfortable he or she might shake his head, sigh, cross its arms or bend backwards. If you’re able to identify these signals, you might be in time to make it better.
Don’t make the tension an issue. Knowing what non-verbal communication means can significantly improve the way the interview develops. You can use what you know to hide your emotions if, for instance, you’re feeling nervous or overwhelmed. Nervousness is something that shouldn’t make you worry too much, at the end of the day, everyone’s been there and being nervous is part of the experience; some interviewers might even find it positive since it shows that you really care for the job.
The interview is the first time you’ll meet people that might be your future colleagues, so enjoy the moment and the fact that you’ll be sharing your knowledge with others and acquiring experience from the situation.
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