It’s that time in the job application process when you have to put your best foot forward and impress the employer. In Canada, this is the interview process. A lot of people see the interview as the hardest part of a job application and their right, but it doesn't have to be the most nerve-wracking part. There are a few things you can do to make sure your interview goes smoothly and impress the recruiter hiring.
Writing a good cover letter and resume is just the beginning part of getting hired. The interview is your time to prove why you're the best candidate for the job. Having our tips and tricks to acing your interview will calm your nerves before the interview and you can walk in and out of the interview room feeling confident.
How to Impress Your Recruiter During the Interview?
Searching for interview tips online can be an impossible task, not because there is no information. It's because there is so much information online it can be hard to know what information to follow. This is why we have created this guide to help you impress the recruiter and ace your interview. By following these tips you can feel confident walking in and out of the interview room. Remember interviews take practice. After going through the tips practice them in the mirror or with friends or family. You'll be more comfortable when the time comes for your interview. You just need to practice.
Understand the Company
On your cover letter, it's always a good idea to show how you relate to the company. This means you've done some research about them and know what kind of person they're looking for, but during your interview, you need to know more information. Things like their mission statement, when they started, how they started, and the products they offer are just some of the things you need to know about the company. Most companies in Canada will have this information on their website or social media pages as well.
Some companies will ask you what you know about them. They are looking to see if you have come prepared. Knowing about the company also shows you want to work there. It means you're not randomly applying to jobs you actively thought about working there. Good tips as well are even if they don't ask you questions about the company you can still use the information. When they ask about why you're a good fit compare it there mission statement. If they care about integrity and honesty show them you are those things. A few key points about the company will make all the difference during your interview.
Being professional is going to be mean a few things. For starters, you want to dress well. Most recruiters take notice when a candidate is dressed great, especially if they are dressed up more than them. It shows you care. Another point on professionalism is addressing the recruiter in the right way. Use the right title. If you are worried about the name to call them by there is no harm in asking how they want to be addressed. It’s also safe to call them by their title and then last name like Mr. Johsnton for instance.
The statistics about body language is that it is 70 percent communication, meaning only 30 percent of what we say in an interview matters. Body language is everything about your body from how you're seated to eye contact. There could be a whole book about body language during interviews but the main ones a recruiter will take notice of is eye contact and being seated. Your eye contact needs to be present. You need to be looking at them when speaking and not staring at the floor or your hands. Being able to show good eye contact can prove you're right for the job. Let’s say it's a customer service job. You couldn't have someone talking looking at the floor while dealing with a customer. It would be a bad service. The other key feature of body language is how you are seated. You want to be sitting up in your chair. Being slouched over can show a lack of respect and be bored. Be present in the interview.
Be Clear and Concise
You need to be heard during your interview. Speaking softly can cause awkwardness between you and the recruiter if they can't hear you. It’s important to speak clearly and with projection to ensure the recruiter understands you. It’s also important to just answer the interview questions. you don't need to ramble to talk about things that don't relate. Answering questions means you should only respond in a way that relates to the question.
At the end of your interview, most recruiters will ask you if you have any questions for them. Always ask a question or two back. It can even be something simple like Why do you like working here? By asking questions you're taking an interest in the job and the recruiter. Although you may just want the interview to end as quickly as possible asking questions can really make you stand out.
Be Prepared During Your Interview
Impressing a recruiter during your interview comes down to being prepared. A recruiter can tell when you've done your research and practiced for the interview. Just like they'll be able to tell when you haven't put in any effort. Being prepared means following the things we have mentioned above, but you can even take it one step further. Interviews are like a skill. Nobody is randomly good at them. They take time and practice to feel comfortable in an interview. Practicing all the things we mentioned above either in front of a mirror with friends and family can help prepare you for the real thing.
Interviews are going to be stressful regardless, but being prepared can help calm your nerves. Put in the effort and take the time to practice and you'll be ready for the interview. At the end of the day impressing a job recruiter is all about being prepared. If you need help with anything else along the lines of personal development Superprof has 100s of tutors all across Canada that are ready to work with you. They have the knowledge and experience to help you with anything you may need. Superprof also offers sessions online and in-person giving you the freedom and flexibility to learn when you want to learn.
Start Practicing Interviews
Now, it's time to make an impression. It all comes down to you. Take these tips and start practicing them before your next interview. You can walk in and out of the interview feeling confident that you made a good impression. It may seem time-consuming or even unneeded to prepare for an interview, but that's not the case. The interview plays a big part in the application process, you want to put your best foot forward and make a good impression. After practicing and following good interview tips you can get the job you want.
The interview process can cause a lot of unwanted anxiety, but being prepared can help you ace your interview. We have a created numerous articles around interviews to help you feel confident before and during your interview. Check out these articles below.