You may have written the perfect resume, dressed in the most appropriate outfit and basically have all the nonverbal areas covered for your interviews but what words should you and shouldn’t you say?
Your Interviewer’s Name
While this sounds cliche, the simple truth is everyone likes the sound of their names. This is perhaps because our names are the most frequently said words around us. More so, scientists have found that babies recognize their names starting at four months of age.
Even as adults, we might still subconsciously associate our monikers with the time in our lives when we had no concerns and everything we did was overlooked.
You however shouldn’t over do it at interviews. Say it once when you enter, and again when you leave. Any more than that and it may become a problem.
No matter the field or job, persistence and curiosity are important traits to possess. If your interviewer asks you, “What are your greatest strengths?” talk about your love of learning, persistence and curiosity.
Any declarations you make should be backed up with specific examples. This will give the interviewer a better insight.
you shouldn’t expect a recruiter to spell out to you what the hiring process entails at interviews. You may need to ask, “What’s the next step?” Not only will the answer help you set your expectations about what’s to come, but it will also show the interviewer that you’re serious about the job and you want to know what to do to get it.
On an interview, you need to show your enthusiasm. You can say “I’m so excited about this job” sometime during your conversation. This is because whatever makes the position come down to you and someone else, your excitement about getting the job could determine who gets it.
Say The Company’s Name
Your interviewer wants to feel that you’re interested in the overall company and not just the job you applied for. As such, read about the company beforehand and their plans for growth.
You can make it known during your interview how impressed you are by a specific strategy or initiative of the company. It’s also in your best interests to find out this information before hand.
Even though your interviewer might receive your resume ahead of time, don’t assume that they read it closely (remember to bring an extra copy in case they misplaced it). Be sure to use the word “experience” When describing how qualified and suited you are to the position.
No company wants to hire anyone who’s difficult to work with. Instead, an interviewer has to look out for signs that a person may not play well with others. A common way through which they determine this is a candidate who doesn’t acknowledge the efforts of her/his coworkers.
So when speaking about your experiences, credit your colleagues (and mentors) whenever possible. At the same time, if you’ve mentored junior staff as part of your previous jobs, bring this up, too as companies are always on the lookout for people who can nurture talent.
A lot of candidates leave their interviews in a hurry, because the recruiter says something like “I’ve got to wrap this up” or “I have another meeting,” or because they’re so relieved to be done with the interview. But before you leave, always look your interviewer in the eye and thank them for taking the time to meet you.