It’s no secret that job interviews can be scary. No matter what position you are interviewing for and how qualified you are for any job, it is a fact that an interview can make or break a potential employer’s decision to hire you. Preparing for a job interview is important, but can be difficult – for those in the midst of a job hunt, it can be difficult to know what types of questions an employer might ask, and what kind of answers they are looking for. Whether you’re applying to be a high school teacher or a pilot for Access Global and their private jet charters, here are a few things to note that employers look for when conducting interviews with candidates.
1. Body Language and Eye Contact
Although preparing answers ahead of time and demonstrating appropriate communication skills is a crucial part of any successful interview, it is also important to maintain a professional demeanor and to show respect for the interviewer with your body language. Many interviewers state that potential candidates who maintain appropriate eye contact with them throughout an interview are more likely to be hired, as well as employees who seem more relaxed and engaged as indicated by their body language.
2. Authentic Answers
While it’s true that it’s important to practice interview questions and answers ahead of time, interviewers can tell when you are reading from a script or saying what you think they want to hear versus being true to your authentic self and answering questions truthfully. An interview is designed to give you an idea of whether or not you would be a good fit with a particular company – although it can be tempting to tell the interviewer what you think they want to hear just so you can get hired, it’s better to be truthful.
3. Knowledge About a Company
One of the best ways to show an interviewer that you care about the company and position you are applying for is by doing thorough research of the company and their values ahead of time. Letting an employer know that you are familiar with the company’s role in its industry and community will also serve as a way for you to discuss how you fit into the company, and shows a level of interest in the job that is likely to set you apart from other candidates.