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Right up there with public speaking and going to the dentist, job interviews prove stressful to many potential employees. In fact, according to Next Gen Personal Finance, job interview stress afflicts 92% of American adults. While stressing over an upcoming interview is natural, stress may keep you from foregrounding your best qualities. So, let’s examine some interview tips that will help you transition from apprehension to confidence!

1. Demonstrate Integrity

Everyone wants dependable co-workers, and being dependable requires high integrity. If your resume and in-person responses are purely factual, interview questions, reference checks, and background checks will pose no threat to you. However, since an interviewer doesn’t know you personally, it’s essential for your demeanor and conduct to convey the honesty you possess. Here are some easy ways to project integrity through your attitude:

  • Enter with a pleasant smile and a firm handshake.
  • Maintain appropriate eye contact.
  • Don’t slouch.
  • Answer questions concisely and forthrightly.
  • Use professional language.

When it comes to interviews, showing is better than telling. If you want to exude integrity, the actions above can help you emanate your best inner qualities.

2. Dress to Impress

Hand-in-hand with the concept above, you should dress to appear competent for your intended role. However, unless you’re trying to land an executive position, the proverbial navy blue suit may be overkill for today’s business world. Nice khakis with a polo or dark jeans and a button-down shirt should work well when applying for various positions.

3. Stay positive

The fact that you’re interviewing implies that you’re either new to your field, between jobs, or searching for something better. However, if you’re job hunting due to a poor experience with a co-worker, a demanding boss, or a family problem, avoid dramatizing these situations during your interview. Remember that you’re a stranger to the interviewer and have only one chance to make an excellent first impression.

4. Let the interviewer bring up salary and benefits

While compensation is probably foremost in your mind, it’s best not to bring it up immediately. Actually, try not to bring it up at all! If the interviewer sees you as a potential candidate, he will naturally steer the conversation in that direction.

5. Write a thank you letter

Within 24 hours of your interview, write a brief, polite, and professional thank-you letter to the person who conducted it. While views on this practice differ, the consensus seems to be that writing a friendly thank-you emphasizes your interest in the role. It also makes you stand out from the crowd in terms of professionalism and personal warmth.

 

Since interviewers are human and consequently unpredictable, there’s no assurance that an interview will land you your dream job. But as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. By putting yourself out there professionally while showing your talents and character, you’ll gain confidence in your worth and abilities. And in the end, your confidence will inspire interest in your professional prowess and lead you to your niche in your desired industry.

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