How to Succeed in Business Interviews

Competition is at an all-time high for landing jobs. You have to be on top of your game with business interviews the way the economy is right now. To get hired in today’s economy, you have to be aware that you might not get the job. You probably need to do some research on how to do interviews, even if you’ve never done one before. It’s about being able to accomplish what you need to do during the interview. In regard to your employer, as well as yourself, this is a numbers game. You can get off to a great start by reading this article and taking the following tips to heart.

During business interviews, you should go out of your way to look people in the eye as much as possible. If your eyes dart around the room, people might think that you have something to hide. During an interview, you also want to come across as calm and self-possessed and one way to do this is to make eye contact frequently. There are some people, though, who are not naturally inclined to make steady eye contact with others. This is something you really should work on if you have a problem with it. Looking at people is particularly important when they are saying something, as it shows you are paying attention. It’s acceptable, and even considered normal, to take occasional breaks from eye contact when you are talking.



If you’re too nervous during an interview, it can cause you to forget important things you wanted to say. Few people can be completely confident during an interview, so don’t expect to be perfect. For example, you may not answer questions as thoroughly as you should if you’re nervous. This can undermine the whole idea, which is to show them how confident and well qualified you are. Having the interview jitters can mask your best qualities, as you never get a chance to display them. So do something like think about your breathing and try to breathe as normally as possible. Avoid breathing too deeply, too much because you can make yourself hyperventilate.

Another thing you need to remember is that employers want to have employees that are professional and intelligent in their communication abilities. When you interview with them, you can help them understand your skills. The reason that interviewers ask questions, in part, is to assess your communication skills. It is imperative that you are concise in your responses to them. Instead of answering a question you don’t quite understand, ask for clarification before responding. You can restate the question with a gesture that means you are asking them if you understand correctly.

Check out the media, watch interviews on the TV or news programmes for tips.  People who are interviewed often as part of their jobs develop a certain calmness and style to being questioned.  Some of the best are politicians, whatever you may think of them – they usually have excellent interview skills honed by years of practice.  Check out the mainstream media like the BBC’s Newsnight programme or there are lots on US stations – you might need to use a US VPN to access some stations like this.

No matter what results you get from an interview, you can learn a lot from it. Come to interviews as prepared as possible, and this includes researching the person who is going to do the interviewing. Since all interviewers are different, the more information you have about the person, the better for you. Your goal should be to show up at the interview with as much foreknowledge as possible.

Harry Williams

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