Friday, August 15, 2014

Interview Soft Skills: What no one tells you

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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 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 Tip #3.
Interview Tip #4 stresses the importance of visiting the location the day before.
 Tip #5 is 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.
Tip #7 Strike a pose  gives tips for managing awkward moments or long pauses.
Smile! To put the interviewer at ease and to come across as pleasant Tip #8. 
Tip #9 -  Ask questions to lay the groundwork for a conversational interview.
Watch your body language Tip #10.

Videos corresponding to each tip can be found on and Slide Share.
Good Luck!
Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

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