10 Ways to Sharpen Your Face-to-Face Interviewing Skills

Few things determine whether or not you’ll receive an offer of employment as much as the face-to-face interview. This is where the “rubber meets the road,” so to speak, and if you fall short during the interview, it won’t matter what skills you possess or how much you experience you have – You still won’t get the job.

Your resume helps you get your foot in the door, but the interview is what allows you to walk through it. Below are 10 ways that you can sharpen your face-to-face interviewing skills and increase the chances that you’ll receive an invitation to walk through that door.

#1—Be engaging.

If you take the initiative and introduce yourself first, you will come off as confident and outgoing to your potential employer.

#2—Keep it professional at all times.

Focus only on your professional experience, even if you can respond to a question regarding your personal life.

#3—“Commit” to the company.

What does this mean? Act as if the job for which you’re interviewing is your dream job. (After all, maybe it is.) Be enthusiastic and focused.

#4—Be thoroughly attentive.

Make sure that you pay attention to every question the interviewer asks, because every response matters, no matter how trivial you might think it is.

#5—Be positive.

Do not answer any question in a negative fashion, even if the answer itself is not a positive one. Companies want employees with a positive attitude.

#6—Never discuss salary or benefits.

It’s always a good idea to make sure you have the job first before talking about your wages. Don’t bring up the subject of money or other compensation.

#7—Maintain good body language.

Do not slouch; sit upright and look attentive. Make sure you look interested in what the interviewer has to say.

#8—Keep jokes to a minimum (and keep them appropriate).

You do not know your interviewer’s particular sense of humor, so you might offend him or her if you try to lighten the mood with a joke. If you do crack a joke, be 100% sure of its appropriateness.

#9—Think first before you answer a question.

It’s okay to take a few seconds to make an educated statement before responding. This is your interview, so don’t feel rushed when making your statements.

#10—Weave your achievements into your answers.

When answering questions, mention specific achievements if they pertain to the question asked. Use examples and real-life scenarios in which you went above and beyond the call of duty.

Jacqueline Hill, Esq.

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Jacqueline Hill is a partner at Lexacount Search, where she places top senior-level and other legal talent with law firms and corporate legal departments across the United States. She has been writing about careers, lawyers, attorney professional development, and the legal industry for more than a decade. She can be reached at jacqueline.hill@lexacount.com or 215-740-0104, extension 101.

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