Attitude Is Everything!! Interviewing For Success…
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have found the candidates with the best attitude and friendly personality when entering an interview; usually succeed in having a positive interview experience and obtaining employment.
As the sayings goes “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and you “typically only have 5 seconds to make your first impression..” Is so true when it comes to any interview you may have.
Your attitude and state of mind before an interview will most always dictate how the interview will go. So a few basic tips for getting in the right state of mind before your interview:
Before you venture out to your interviewers location; Take a breath, relax and clear your head. Do not stress over the interview and any potential pitfalls you may encounter. Be prepared, do your research, dress appropriately and understand you are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.
As you enter any organization’s office take note of your surroundings; be polite and courteous to everyone you encounter along the way. Arrived at least 10 minutes early and turned off all of your electronic devices. Focus your attention on the interview at hand and the person conducting the interview.
Make sure you look alert, smile, sit up straight, look the interviewer in the eyes and speak clearly. Ask questions and be genuinely interested in the job and organization you are interviewing with. If you are only there for the potential paycheck you should sit back and evaluate you career goals before proceeding in further interviews. You want to work in a career you enjoy, are interested in and allow you a healthy living environment.
Allow your personality to show through; being polite and kind to those around you is a good indication of how you treat others in the day to day work environment. Answer questions genuinely, do not exaggerate and take on an insincere roll that you won’t be able to live up to.
We are all human. People hire individuals that are talented, experienced and have a personality that they believe they will enjoy working with. Allow the interviewer to do their job by leading the interview. You don’t want to monopolize the conversation, nor do you want to offer too much information, personal or even business related. When asked about past employers, co-workers etc., always provide positive comments, talk about your accomplishments, things you have learned and turn negatives into positives; never complain about past employers or bosses.
When the interview is over thank the interviewer for their time and know you presented yourself in a positive and healthy way.
Following these basic tips will go along way in assuring your interview’s are productive and positive experiences.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com