7 Speaking Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview
September 22, 2019
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Want to ace your next job interview? Here at TalkMeUp, we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 tips based on data analytics from our job interview courses, 3 of which we’re making available to you for free if you sign-up.
Here are the best practices we know can help you get the job:
1. Know your resume inside out
The first step to any successful interview is knowing yourself, especially your resume. Our rule of thumb is you should be able to talk for 2 minutes about any position, bulletpoint or accolade listed your resume. If you can do that, chances are you’ll be able to speak fluently and engagingly about your previous experiences and work.
2. Research the position, company, and industry
Once you know yourself, you should know what you’ve applied for. Research the position, company, and industry you’re getting into, and have 2-3 strong reasons for why you’re interested in each. What the recruiter wants to hear is that you’re passionate about the position, company, and industry for well-thought-out reasons and that you plan to stick around for more than a few months. Such research is key to demonstrating you have the skills they’re looking for.
3. Prepare for common interview questions
“Tell me about your last job”; “what makes you most qualified for this role?”; “what kind of leader are you?”. Upwards of 75% of interview questions are questions you already know you’ll be asked. So why not prepare for them? Make a list of common interview questions and practice answering them by citing specific work examples or accomplishments. You don’t need to memorize canned responses, but do develop talking points and notes.
4. But know every question boils down to: “why should I hire you?”
When you are asked “tell me about yourself”, this is not a literal invitation to talk about where you were born, how many siblings you have, and what your favorite TV shows are. Every question in the interview really boils down to: “why should I hire you?”
5. Use good nonverbal communication
Non-verbal communication — including facial expressions, eye contact, and hand gestures — is your most powerful tool in making you a more effective interviewee. Effective interview body language includes: open hand gestures, smiling, consistent eye contact, upright posture and active listening (nodding or tilting your head to the side). Bad body language? Slouching, fidgeting or leg shaking, a weak handshake, and looking at the floor or interviewer’s forehead.
6. Practice, practice, practice
Practice answering questions with a friend. Record yourself on your phone or computer, and score your own performance. Or, you can also use TalkMeUp and practice by talking into your phone or compute camera, from anywhere, anytime, and get instant feedback on everything from your eye contact, confidence, tone, pace, to content structure.