Yes, Practice Really Does Make Perfect – How to Fine-Tune Your Interview Skills

August 21st, 2017

Many professional skills tend to be moving targets that can continually be improved upon; interviewing is one of these skills. An interview is your one chance to make a great impression on a potential employer, so possessing this skill is of utmost importance. Whether you are currently on the job hunt or may decide to look for a job in the future, you may want to consider fine-tuning the following skills:

  • Nonverbal communication. Maintaining confident nonverbal communication and appropriate body language are pivotal skills to demonstrate during an interview. Make eye contact and connect with a firm handshake at the very beginning of the interview to set a positive pace.
  • Active listening. Although the questions your interviewer will ask are important, they will also be giving you information both directly and indirectly throughout the duration of the interview. Match your interviewer’s pace, and let them know you’ve heard what has been said.
  • Prepared questions. Interviews are just as much an opportunity for you to learn about the job and company as they are for the employer to learn about you! Interviewers expect to be asked questions, and having some prepared ahead of time shows you care about the opportunity by taking the time to learn about it.
  • Conversation flow. Interviews are meant to be interactive and should contain a 50/50 dialog between the interviewer and yourself. Determine the pace of the conversation and keep it flowing by asking appropriate questions, providing appropriate answers and finding ways to build rapport with your interviewer.
  • Expert advice. One of the best ways to keep your interview skills sharp is to work with a professional Oklahoma City recruiter. These seasoned professionals understand the Oklahoma career landscape, what employers are seeking and can be your top resource for putting your best face forward!

Staying on top of your interviewing skills is one of the best habits you can create for yourself, regardless of where you are in your career currently. 1st Staffing Group brings more than two decades’ worth of experience to the table when it comes to helping Oklahoma City’s best job candidates land their next great opportunity. Contact 1st Staffing Group to begin honing in on your own interviewing skills today!

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