Last updated on December 20th, 2019 at 05:09 pm

Four applicants are waiting for their interview, with the resumes in their laps. They look rather nervousPeople typically try to prepare good answers to common interview questions, thinking about what they will say on a big day.

Surely, it is important to think about it. We can’t prepare for any question without thinking about a good answer upfront.

However, there is something else you should do. How you answer the question matters as well.

In this short post we will look at the attitudes and emotions that will help you to win your interviewers over. Let’s start!


Making the right impression on the hiring managers

1. Answer their questions with enthusiasm in your voice.

Interviewers should feel your enthusiasm, they should feel that you have been waiting for the meeting. They should get an impression that you have eagerly anticipated the big day.

Today is the day with capital D, and you are happy to interview for a job with them. That’s the impression you should leave in the room, and enthusiasm in your voice will help you to evoke it.


A man tries to make a good impression on the interviewer. He uses his body language to show positive emotions. 2. Simple is the best.

Some people try to impress the interviewers with long compounds and various technical expressions.

Surely, it is cool to show your knowledge of terminology, but remember that anyone can interview you–an HR generalist, a supervisor, a manager, CEO, or even external recruiter.

Some of these people may not even understand your professional jargon (or at least they’d need to strain their mental capacities to understand your words).

This is definitely not a way to go. If the hiring managers do not understand you, they will lose their focus, they won’t feel good with you in an interview, and they will send you home. Without a new job contract.

Speak in a simple way. Use short sentences. Talk to the point. Keep their attention. Show them that you have nothing to hide, and that your future colleagues will understand you–even if you apply for a technical position.


3. Think about the company, not only about you.

Try to think about each question in the following way: How can I answer to show them the value I can bring to their team, to their company? How can I relate to their goals, dreams, and visions with my words?

Talk also about them, not only about you. If you manage to master this interview technique, you will be just a step away from a coveted job contract.


4. Answer the questions honestly.

The truth has one advantage–you do not have to remember what you said earlier. Although the temptation to lie is strong in the interviews (especially when we talk about a sensitive issue, such as why we left our last job), try to avoid talking lies.

Recruiters love honest job candidates. What is more, an experienced interviewer can easily spot a lie.

The way you move your eyes, the time it takes you to start answering the question, the way you react to follow-up questions–all of that helps them to see whether you are telling the truth.

And once they think you are lying, they won’t give you a job.


HOW and WHAT both matters

Man gesticulates with his hands, trying to indicate somthing to the HR manager.Scientists say that our verbal communication forms just 15% of the message we send over. Eighty five percent remains for nonverbal communication–the way we look, talk, shake hands, gesticulate, sit on a chair, etc.

Mastering the interviews starts with mastering your own mind, and showing the right emotions in the interview.

If you manage to do that, and come up with some decent interview answers, they will hire you for the job.

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