8 tips for a successful job interview

executive recruiters

Dress-code, language, non-verbal communication. Beyond your professional background and your ability to present it well, executive recruiters are also sensitive to your attitude in interviews. All these elements must be taken into account for the D-day.

1. Turn your tongue 7 times in your mouth before speaking

We all have language tics. But between an informal discussion between friends and a job interview, some are to be avoided, especially since it can be horrifying. The “huh”, “uh”, “what” that punctuate the sentences are to be banished, even if you are a little stressed. As well as French mistakes: never again “if I had known, I wouldn’t have come”!

2. The shape is the bottom that rises to the surface

Your CV is concrete, your professional career fits perfectly with the advertisement you are applying for. And yet, on the day of the interview, you can’t convince the recruiter? For a speech to be heard, regardless of its content, it must be given form. In other words, it is necessary to master the intonation of your voice to better sell your presentation. Indeed, it is difficult to believe that a candidate is dynamic if he says it in a voice that is too “soft”… Also think about how you stand in front of your interlocutor, how you play with your hands and how you look. Even if it may seem secondary, the recruiter will necessarily be sensitive to the way you behave.

3. Victim of a bad dress code?

In the interview, you are judged at “55% on your appearance, 38% on your body language and only 7% on your words”, explains Virginie le Cozic, director of an image consulting agency. While this “diktat of appearance” is to be regretted, an appropriate interview outfit is a prerequisite for the recruiter. Unless you work in the fashion industry, protocol dictates that you present yourself in your best light in a job interview. However, you don’t need to adopt the full range of the dynamic framework: be yourself, trust your common sense and what you know about the company, but avoid split outfits.

4. Be inflexible with punctuality

Never, never, ever, should you be late for a job interview, even if the person you are talking to then lets you wait. In case of unforeseen circumstances, notify the company and make your right choice. This is considered the least politeness…. After the interview, you can even renew your apologies by email, to make it clear how much this is not part of your routine.

5. The art of spontaneous speech

To be successful in the job interview, it is necessary to have prepared it well. On the form as we mentioned earlier but also on the content. This will allow you to be consistent in your presentation and to answer the recruiter’s questions on a case-by-case basis. You will not be destabilized and you can then drop your cards to display a more spontaneous speech. Self-confidence always pays off: it will reassure your interlocutor. A good point for the next step!

6. Tell me about yourself….

This tricky question remains a classic question in the job interview. There is no point in stressing: the recruiter does not expect you to be a long monologue from your birth to today. On the contrary, the aim is to test your ability to synthesize a clear speech related to the position and your presence in the interview. So don’t make a lot of money, be concise but clear and sell… If he or she has questions at the end of your presentation, the person you are speaking to will not hesitate to ask you them.

7. My old company? All of them from the… !

If there is one thing you should never do, it is to say bad things about your old company, or about your former colleagues, whether they are hierarchical or not. Even if this is one of the reasons why you are looking to leave, you will need to legitimize your current career choice with a professional argument. No one likes to be criticized, let alone know that they can be criticized….

8. Goodbye, and thank you

The last important point during a job interview is how you end it. If a recruiter asks you at the very end if you have any questions, it is vital to have noted possibly in writing in a corner of your head the points you want to explore further. This means that you are already projecting yourself into the position and taking things to heart. Finally, to conclude the interview, it is essential to thank your interlocutor, to say goodbye and, even better, to greet the other people who welcomed you. Otherwise, the person at the reception desk will quickly have made you a suit… All these people may soon become part of your daily life!

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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