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5 Interview Skills That Will Get You Hired

Most red-blooded individuals find the interview process a bit unnerving. You're meeting with someone who is judging you. Judging your character, your work ethic, your past accomplishments, and your promise for the future. It is not the most comfortable of situations, and everyone understands that. Here at we have compiled a list of interview skills that will improve your interview experience and help you in your quest to get hired.

1. Preparation

Part of having a successful interview comes from taking the time to prepare for it. Winging it almost never turns out well, and an interviewer can sense ill preparation from a mile away. So, what should your preparation entail? We suggest you re-read the job description several times so that you are capable of discussing the position and the requirements associated with it comfortably. You may also wanted to research possible interview questions that are commonly asked in your line of work. Once you do that, you can take some time to formulate appropriate answers to those questions. Once you have done all of this, you will feel prepared, and feeling prepared means that you are.

2. Speaking Skills

An interview is a lot like an acting audition. You need to think about your speaking skills, and work on them prior to the interview. Due to the fact that the interview process can be a tense experience, many people talk fast, mumble, and speak rather unclearly. This is NOT what you want to do. Take a deep breath and practice mindful speaking. Speak slow, maintain a sense of calm, and remember that your interviewer should be able to hear every word you say without difficulty. If you speak slowly and confidently, your words will be better absorbed, and your self confidence will be admired.

3. Listening

There are going to be two people at your interview. Maybe more. Showcasing your ability to be a good listener is incredibly important. Listening skills demonstrate your thoughtfulness and ability to work on a team. Furthermore, if you do not practice good listening skills, you may miss the point of a question and give a less than impressive answer. Stay in the moment, and give your interviewer the respect that they deserve. Make eye contact and nod your head as you listen and understand the questions or comments coming from your interviewer.

4. Show Interest, Not Desperation

It is one thing to be interested in a job, and quite another to be desperate for a job. Desperation does not impress anyone. Your job is to show sincere interest in the job at hand, while proving your excellent qualifications for said job. Your interviewer wants to hire the best candidate, not the most desperate candidate. No matter how much you need the job, it is crucial that you refrain from pleading or begging, as it only creates an uncomfortable and unprofessional situation. Be cool, calm, and collected. It will pay off.

5. how Gratitude

Once your interview is over it is important that you end it on a high note. Part of doing that is showing your gratitude that your interviewer took the time and care to get to know you and present you with this interview opportunity. Later that day or evening you should follow up with a thank you email to further communicate your interest in the position. Once you have sent that email, your job is to wait. If you do not hear from the interviewer within two weeks, you can reach out again with a telephone call or short email inquiry.

My name is Joost and I have been active as a recruiter for the past 5 years. At, I share my experience, tips and the "secret" tricks to help you get a job. Do you have questions? Please send me an email via the contact form.