During the interview process, there are things that you as a candidate can control, and there are things that you cannot. In order to put yourself in the best position during your search, you’ll need to handle those elements that you can control in the best possible way. Taking factors you cannot control in stride and handling those gracefully can be just as, or more, important.
If your search has taken longer than you expected, or if you have interviewed for positions that you did not receive an offer for, it is important to not carry that over into your next conversation. The most important interview is always the next one, and as we interview we learn and improve as we go. If you carry over negative momentum, you will find that sometimes a past failure can impede your current potential success.
It’s crucial to stay positive throughout the duration of the process, so that you’ll have the best chance of landing a position you’re looking for. If you stay positive, your interview demeanor will be more likeable and you’ll have a much better chance of landing that position you are seeking. Staying away from any negative tones or discussions during an interview is very important. A potential employer is looking for candidates who have an upbeat personality and positive tone to their comments and answers. Instead of making excuses for a poor experience, briefly acknowledge that experience and turn it into a lesson you learned. You’ll turn that potentially negative experience into a positive.
This philosophy applies to your search in general, but also to individual interviews as they unfold. If a particular portion of your interview doesn’t go the way you would have liked, or poses an unexpected challenge, take it in stride and don’t let it carry over into the next conversation or the next question. Everyone who has ever interviewed has faced an uncomfortable moment during the process, but how you handle those moments can differentiate you from the crowd and can strengthen the impressions that the interviewing company has of you as a candidate. An overall positive attitude will have an effect on more than just the way you interview. It can help to reduce any accompanying stress that is associated with searching for a new job. A positive attitude can help keep you motivated and focused, while improving decision-making abilities. Your positive attitude will make a strong impression on everyone during the interview process.
There are several ways to portray a positive attitude during an interview. Be conscious of your body language as you meet and speak with each member of the interviewing company. A slight lean forward and openness of your arms and body will project an effective result. Direct eye contact and positive facial expressions will lead the interviewer to believe you’re happy to be in that particular moment. Keeping these things in mind will have an effect not only on the people you are interviewing with, but on you as well!