by sysop in Acing the Interview
by Jeremiah Hempel
Confidence. Recruiters want to hire you based on your experience and skills, but chances are you wouldn’t be at the interview if you didn’t already have the skills for the position. So what stands between you and that job?
They say a first date is like an interview. Let’s say an interview is like a first date.
When you pick up that phone or walk into that conference room for the interview, you are going to be talking to people you’ll be working with. These are people you will share an office space with. You’re going to be seeing some of these people five out of seven days a week.
This is your chance to show that you are a friendly, hard-working person. It’s an interview for a job, so you need to show them that you are someone who can get a job done both under pressure and when the deadline is still far off. But this is also a chance to show that you are a likeable person; someone they will like to see around the office every day. Show them that you are a person, not just a candidate.
Be confident and friendly. Confidence does not mean being arrogant. It means that you are aware of your capabilities and believe you can do the job you are applying for. Friendliness is not a fake plastic smile and an affected voice. It is demonstrating that you will be a considerate coworker. Just as your resume reveals your professional technical skills, your interview reveals your professional interpersonal skills.
The next time you have an interview remember – what matters is not just what you are on paper but who you are in person.