Your job interview is tomorrow …you’d really like to get this job.

It’s been awhile since you’ve applied for work outside the home. Perhaps you’ve been working and haven’t had to interview for a job in over 10 years. Maybe you’ve just graduated from college and received notification that you’re among several candidates who were chosen for a first interview. You may be someone who has been on several interviews and hasn’t gotten the offer… yet.

Regardless of your experience working or interviewing for work, you want to make this first or next interview the best. Time spent searching for jobs, writing a current resume, hours and hours studying to pass certifications, networking, keeping up with social media has been grueling.  You’re missing a vacation…wait…when did you have a free weekend to do whatever?  It’s your turn …don’t get tossed out of line due to an oversight.

And like the wisdom, author William Martin offers in the quote that starts , “Do not ask your children,”  I say, job applicants, heed the basics of the ordinary. That is, in addition to your job experience, competence and skills, prepare to demonstrate your conventional good taste, good company and good manners.  What may seem ordinary decent behavior makes a huge difference to interviewers who make job offers.

In this article, 5 tips about job applicant behaviors that interviewers who do the hiring notice. Take a look …

1—Do your homework about the organization BEFORE the interview. 

Some applicants haven’t taken time to read up on current happenings in the company where they say they want to work.  Very qualified people on paper can totally fail to demonstrate awareness of the organizational happenings that’s easily available online. Jobs have been offered to applicants less qualified on paper because of their enthusiasm about the company’s purpose or challenges was apparent during the interview. Employers like to hire people who show interest and seemingly want to be involved.

2—Be prepared and ready to share a way in which you are personally connecting to work.

Once again, you’ve given some thought to who you are and how you’re connecting to work and more specifically the position in that particular company. It’s your opportunity to show some personality beyond the resume. A favorite question of one interviewer is, “What do you love doing the most in your current or former job?”  or “What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?”  Be ready to share something that’s personal and real for you. Interviewers are often listening for how your interests match the position.  If you prepare in advance, you’ll come across smooth and real.

3—Get better at small talk if you are not already.

Being able to make small talk leads to making bigger talk so they say.  It is also a good way for people to relax and gradually move into deeper discussions.  Start small with the small talk and then be prepared to shift into substantive discussion. A basic connection is needed and small talk about the weather or another more immediate topic like “the directions you gave were so helpful” or  “I imagine you reach over 10,000 steps a day easily” (as you’re walking, walking, walking to the interview room) is sometimes just the needed warm-up.  A little humor helps too.  Be like a mirror that gives back in kind …not more or less.

4—Be neatly groomed and smell good, never overpowering.

Usually, dressing up for the interview is a safe way to go…even if the dress code is usually casual.  And be aware of the amount of perfume/cologne you wear, if any.  If you are a smoker, pretend you are meeting with someone who is highly allergic to smoke. You get it.

5—Demonstrate a positive attitude and enthusiasm

This comes up again and again in all kinds of ways as I review interviewee behaviors that repel interviewers. Complaints about the job market, former company policies, former bosses, etc. are off-putting. Interviewers are looking for people who work with others well.  An ability to lift a mood is refreshing.  Every one is attracted to authentically happy people.  There are enough moaners and groaners.

The takeaway is …

Bring good and ordinary comportment to the interview. That is, tune into the interviewing “company,” being both attentive and appreciative of their mission and purpose.  Share ways you are connecting with positive comments and questions that make your interest known. Help the interviewer get to know you and why you’re the best fit.

Indeed, make the ordinary come alive and you’ll be that memorable interview … possibly, extraordinary.

I’d like to know, What do you think helps people get hired?


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