We’ve given you tips on how to improve your resume and how best to prepare for a job interview, now here are our top tips to make sure you ace your interview and really impress your potential employer.
55% of how you will be assessed and judged is from non-verbal cues. Below are some examples of non-verbal cues to consider at your interview.
Make good eye contact
Ensure you look interested and engaged by making eye contact with your interviewer. Do this by looking at different parts of their face every two seconds, rotating from eyes, to nose, to lips. This prevents you from staring or looking uncertain.
Dress to impress
You’ve got one-tenth of a second to impress. Experiments conducted at Princeton University suggest interviewers size up candidates in the blink of an eye, forming an impression in one tenth of a second – and not significantly altering that impression even when they’ve had more time to look them up and down.
- Don’t cross your arms – this can look unwelcoming or like you're defensive.
- Nod your head to acknowledge you are listening.
- Have good posture – no slouching, sit all the way back in your seat.
- Don’t cross your legs, plant both feet on the floor neatly in front of you.
Only 7% of how we communicate come from the actual words you say. Whereas 38% comes from how you say the words. So things like your tone of voice, rate of speech and volume are all super important.
If you really want a job you’re well suited to, it’s best just to be yourself and be judged on that basis.
Candidates that follow up and show their interest are more likely to end up the successfully hired! So, within 24 hours of the interview, reiterate your interest in the role by making a quick call or sending a thank you email.