Ace an Interview With More Than Your Answers

Receiving an invitation to interview for a job you really want is both exciting and incredibly nerve-wracking. If you’re like most candidates, you quickly get to work crafting responses designed to position you as the best person for the position. This is exactly what you should do, but getting hired involves more than just saying the right things.

Actions speak louder than words, so the nonverbal cues you send the interviewer will impact your candidacy. Here are five tips to help you make the kind of impression that gets you hired.

Arrive Early

Showing up half an hour early will not impress your interviewer, but getting there a few minutes ahead of schedule is a wise move. This gives you a couple of extra minutes in case you get lost in the building while trying to find your meeting place. Punctuality is a sign of respect, and it demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job, so always factor in more time than you think is necessary.

Be Prepared

It should go without saying that bringing requested items — e.g., your portfolio — is a must, but take it a step further. Cover all the bases by taking several copies of your resume, note paper, a couple pens, a reference list and anything else you could possibly need. Being well prepared will impress the interviewer, because it shows you’re responsible and truly motivated to get the job.

Treat Everyone With Respect

The hiring manager makes the final call on your fate with the company, but they’re not the only one you need to sway. Workplace gossip travels at the speed of light, so if you’re rude to the receptionist or an intern, you won’t — and shouldn’t — get the job. Just because you’d be working at a different level than another person doesn’t make you better than them.

Employers assume you’re putting your best self forward in a job interview. If you’re rude during this phase, they won’t want to know what you’re like when you get really comfortable in a job.

Dress to Impress

If you want to look like a successful candidate, you have to dress the part. The general rule of interview attire is to wear clothing that’s one step up from the company’s standard dress code. For example, if employees are required to dress in business casual style, you should wear a suit. Prior to the big day, make sure your clothing is clean, ironed and fits properly. When you look good you feel good, so this will give you the confidence needed to shine.

Exhibit Positive Body Language

Saying all the right things is great, but your response won’t resonate without a convincing delivery. Poor body language — i.e., extending a weak handshake, remaining stone-faced throughout the interview, and failing to make eye contact — sends the message you don’t really want the job. Be cognizant of your nonverbal cues and make sure they’re supporting your words, rather than contradicting them.

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