Hidden Elements of Interviewing
In summary, the interviewer is looking for what you can offer the company: talents, skills, knowledge, energy.
To interview effectively, you must use words, tone of voice and visual image to communicate your confidence, credibility, trustworthiness, intelligence, experience and education.
Here are some interviewing tips that will help you get the job you want.
Speak positively of former employers and co-workers no matter why you left even if you were fired from your last job.
Let the employer lead into conversations about benefits. Your focus on these items can be a "turn off." But, don’t be afraid to ask questions about things you really need to know.
When discussing salary, be flexible — avoid naming a specific salary. If you’re too high, you risk not getting the job. If you’re too low, you undersell yourself. Answer questions on salary requirements with responses such as, "I’m interested in the job as a career opportunity so I’m negotiable on the starting salary." Negotiate, but don’t sell yourself short.
"Closing" the interview
If the employer does not offer you a job or say when you will hear about it, ask when you may call to find out about the decision.
If the employer asks you to call or return for another interview, make a written note of the time, date and place.
Thank the employer for the interview and reaffirm your interest and qualifications for the job.
For more information on interviewing, refer to "Keys to Successful Interviewing" (DETJ-6951-P), and "Questions, Questions, Questions" (DETJ-9406-P). These publications are available through your Wisconsin Job Center.
Remember these statistics about what you convey:
7% is with the words you use (verbal)
38% is communicated through your tone, pitch, volume, rate (vocal)
55% is conveyed through your clothing, eye contact, gestures, body posture, facial expressions, etc. (visual)