The Art of The Modern Day Interview

Modern Day Interview

Job Interview Communication Tips For Modern Times

The workplace has evolved substantially over the last couple of decades along with the workforce itself. The way people communicate has also undergone an evolution process. One of the most popular classes around right now is interview prep classes. Back in the day, a job interview didn’t require professional help. A phone call to mom typically did the trick. However, a lot of moms are out in the workforce now and the modern interview requires more than just a vote of confidence if you want to nail it. Believe it or not, how you communicate is every bit as important as what you communicate in your big interview. Here are a few tips to help you along the way. 

Do Your Research

It is always important to research the company you are interviewing with ahead of time. You’ll want to do this for multiple reasons. First, it will help ensure that this is a company you want to work for. That message could be an entire piece all by itself. Additionally, it will give you some insight that could perhaps be the competitive edge you need. Taking the time to prepare ahead of time will tell you everything from how to dress to what communication style to utilize. How formal to dress and behave will be dictated by the company you are interviewing with. Don’t forget to check out their social media profiles on Facebook or other platforms they may utilize.

Be Guarded

Personality typically will score you some good points in an interview. However, you do want to be guarded and use your manners. You certainly don’t want to seem like you have no sense of humor, but you don’t want to appear nervous either. A calm, relaxed tone usually does the trick. Have some answers prepared to a degree. You want to show that you have put thought into your interview, but you don’t want it to seem rehearsed. More and more, companies are finding creative ways to make people think on their feet in an interview to try and get a sense of who they really are. Rehearse answering questions about yourself and sharing strengths.

Share Accomplishments

You must go into an interview assuming that the person you are interviewing with doesn’t know anything about you, even if that’s not the case. Take the time to share accomplishments you are proud of or passionate about. Just do it in a way that doesn’t seem like you are full of yourself. It’s okay to be confident, as long as you check your ego at the door. Employers aren’t looking for mousy little people who constantly question themselves, but they don’t want someone at the other end of the spectrum either. They are looking for someone who is teachable, not afraid to ask questions and performs confidently. It’s hard to wrap that all up into a single package but that’s what they want. 

Give Clear, Concise Answers

It is important that you only share relevant details about yourself. If the information isn’t pertinent to your job performance, chances are they don’t need it. Give clear, concise answers to each question and don’t be afraid to think for a moment. People often get nervous and think they need to give a quick answer to show they can think on their feet. Often times, an employer may appreciate that you put thought into your answers. It shows that you aren’t prone to hasty decisions. If you can’t give an answer confidently, then maybe it isn’t the right answer to that question. And, no matter what, don’t forget to smile.

Interviewing for a new job in today’s economic climate can be difficult. The advice that we were given from our parents and mentors really doesn’t apply in the same way that it did twenty years ago. That is why you really need to make sure that you stay up-to-date on what companies are currently looking for. By doing your research, making sure to keep your personal life personal, and being willing to discuss how you can benefit their company, you are much more likely to secure a new job in the field you want to be in. These tips will definitely help you to perfect your interviewing skills and land that dream job you want.

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