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Interview Behavior Tips


How to behave in your Interview

Build Rapport. “There’s not a second chance to make a first impression.” Whether in person or virtual, this is especially true for job interviews.  Creating a friendly, harmonious relationship is especially critical, starting with your greeting. A warm smile and heartfelt greeting is a good start. You can also start off by asking how they are doing and or make a comment about the weather.

And what makes a positive impression is good eye contact. Eye contact is one of the strongest forms of nonverbal communication. Direct eye contact communicates two key qualities employers look for: confidence and high self-esteem.  This can be tricky with a video call; make certain you are looking at your camera, not your screen. Practice ahead of time with a friend. Throughout the interview, make a point to have direct eye contact in order to create a connection and exude confidence.

Your body language will communicate whether you are confident, relaxed, nervous, or unsure of yourself.  It is important that you convey enthusiasm and energy during our interview. Sit up straight and don’t slouch or fidget. Show that you are interested and listening carefully to everything your interviewer is saying.

Follow up quickly. A handwritten letter is a timeless gesture, but it’s not a safe bet because companies expect a quick turnaround. Organizations make hiring decisions fast, and it’s possible the team would make a decision before receiving your handwritten note. With that in mind, write a thank-you note via email, pronto!

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