Interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking for all of us; we desperately want to make a great first impression so we can proceed to the next round. While it’s important to act professionally in an interview, it’s also important to show your personality to the interviewer (without revealing any of your negative traits). The whole purpose of an interview is to determine if you are the right fit for the team and the company culture. If you are personable and able to connect with the interviewer, then they will be able to get a better idea if you will fit in with the team.
So here are my top tips on how to let your personality shine:
1. Be prepared
To prepare for the interview, make sure you have thoroughly researched the company, practised answers to commonly asked interview questions and prepared your own questions for the interviewer. If you are prepared, then it’s easier to relax and be yourself during the interview.
2. Arrive at the interview early
This gives you time to collect your thoughts and calm your nerves by practising some deep breathing techniques. If you go into the interview feeling rushed and distracted, you won’t be able to give the interviewer a sense of who you really are.
3. Don’t be afraid to show a little sense of humour during the interview.
When used appropriately, humour can be used to establish likeability and enrich your personality; just make sure you keep topics light and avoid any sarcasm, inappropriate remarks or depreciating comments. If in doubt, take your cues from your interviewer’s mood and behaviour; if they make a joke or two, then it’s ok to follow suit in an approachable manner, but if they remain serious and business-like, then you may want to hold back on the jokes.
4. Remain positive and confident
If you find yourself struggling to answer a question, try not to get down on yourself. Instead, ask the interviewer if you can move on to the next question and come back to that one later. Once you have answered a few questions, you may find your rhythm and find you have an answer to the one you were stuck on. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer for clarity or to repeat the question if you are unsure of what they have asked.
At the end of the day, finding the right fit is so important; no employer wants to go through the costly and lengthy recruitment process only to have their successful candidate leave within a year. That’s why it’s important to show the best parts of your personality in the interview process to build that connection and ensure you will fit with the team and company culture.
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