If you are looking for work,
you no doubt have read many articles about how to interview, how to answer
interview questions, and what not to do in an interview. These are the nuts and bolts of what you need
to know to be successful in an interview, to be sure!
But, what is not so often
discussed, written about, or even thought of is what I think of as “Interview
Soft Skills.” These are the skills that
you and others may assume you already have or no about. Many of the clients I work with, though don’t.
If you haven’t interviewed in a
while or have never interviewed (believe it or not I have some clients who have
been lucky enough to glide through several jobs without a formal interview),
you will certainly want to review these soft skills and make sure you are on
point for your next interview.
Hopefully it isn’t
tomorrow. The time to be preparing for
an interview is well before you are scheduled for one. If you want to nail your interview then you
start preparing for the interview when you start looking for a job!
Here are some of the soft
skills you need to be hired after your next interview. Links to full article to
read more on Examiner.com are included:
Preparing for an interview is
not enough – you really need to over prepare. Interview Tip #1
Take notes and plan ahead for
taking notes during the interview Tip #2
Have appropriate, comfortable
clothes to wear Interview
stresses the importance of visiting the location the day before.
relax – you just can’t cram for an interview.
During an interview it is
important to breathe – to avoid saying um and to calm your nerves Tip # 6.
Strike a pose
gives tips for managing awkward moments or
Smile! To put the interviewer
at ease and to come across as pleasant Tip #8.
- Ask questions to lay the
groundwork for a conversational interview.
Watch your body language Tip
Here is a list of
resources for possible interview questions and other resources: