A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of the competition. It doesn’t take much to make an impression, doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad.

Interviewing is a competitive game, and even little things can make a big difference when you’re trying to get hired. If you haven’t taken the time to dress appropriately or if you say the “wrong” thing, it could be over before it starts.

Job interviewing is an act. Yes, you are the actor, and both sides know the rules: You, who are one of the candidates for the position, are doing your best to convince the interviewer you are the ideal candidate. The interviewer, who is the audience, is an independent thinker and needs evidence and proof before buying anything you want to sell.

To put in a good performance think about planning, practice and positive psychology. Your interview is your audition. You need to project yourself as the sort of the person the interviewer wants to hire; as someone they want on the team.

Just checking out a company website is not enough

It’s not just a question of researching the organization. You need to understand your interviewer and why they are hiring. One way or another they are seeking a resource as a solution to an identified problem. Just checking out their website, report and account is not enough.

Work on understanding the organizational need and how you can add value. Look at the challenges and opportunities they face and work out how to show that your experience and expertise are relevant. Explore their market, competitors and the changes taking place in the industry.

Use your network to find information about the interviewer and his preferences, the company and its culture. Use LinkedIn to gather all the intelligence you can.

Remember to focus on listening

It can be easy to get distracted during a job interview. It’s stressful, and you’re in the hot seat when it comes to having to respond to questions.

That said, if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame appropriate responses. Listen carefully and take the time to frame a thoughtful response to each of the questions you’re asked.

Focus more on delivery rather than giving off-the-cuff replies

Rehearse your presentation. I don’t necessarily mean being word perfect. I’m talking about what you say when anyone asks you what you do, why you left, what you have achieved and so on. Can you talk about yourself comfortably, with confidence, concisely with clarity? Practice so that you have the right words, don’t get flustered, talk at the right pace and crucially know when to stop. Remember the need for consistency between words and body language.

In an interview you have to know your CV by heart. None of it should pop into your head at the last minute; you must know what you are going to say and what spin you are going to put on it. A good interviewee has learned his or her lines in advance and is focusing much more on your rather delivery than on off-the-cuff replies.

Openly integrate accomplishments into answers

Whenever you answer a job interview question, find ways to integrate your achievements and knowledge into each answer. If you are asked to say something negative about yourself, integrate what you are doing to fix the flaw into the answer. While you should successfully answer every interview question, it is perfectly acceptable and preferable to add information that will help your employment chances, and you should do so at every opportunity.

Take Away Interview Tips

  • Be confident and outgoing.
  • Utilize proper interview answer strategies.
  • Always remain professional.

So, in summary, what is the holy grail of the interview process? The answer is, it depends; because a large portion of the decision-making process is subjective and hinges on the interviewer’s consciousness, past experiences, personal culture and intellectual world.

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