10 things that can affect your Interview Performance

There are many facets of a job interview. Things like your overall look, your speaking style, your confidence and your enthusiasm or lack thereof can affect your performance. Your performance will also depend on your interviewer.

But, there are a few things you can do to make a good first impression on your interviewer.

Be Punctual

If they’ve asked you to be there at 7:30 am sharp, you shouldn’t ask any questions and get to the venue at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled time. The interviewers may be testing how punctual you are, how much you care about the job or your enthusiasm for work in general. If you have any issues with the interview timings, you could ask the company to reschedule it. Interesting fact, according to Glassdoor, people are most productive on a Tuesday. Why not ask for your interview to be rescheduled on a Tuesday?

Do something Productive while you wait

Sometimes, you’re being observed even when you’re waiting for your interviewer, either by a subordinate or by a secretary. To give a good first impression to whoever is watching you, do not waste your time talking on your cell phone or eating, but read an article or a newspaper. This way, you can stop what you’re doing at short notice and begin your interview at once.

Treat Receptionists and Domestic Staff with Respect

You’re not only judged on how you behave in the interview but how you behave with those in positions beneath you, professionally. Hence, if you come across a receptionist or a janitor, treat them with respect. If you’re caught being rude with any employee, it’ll cast a shadow over your accomplishments.

Give a firm Handshake

This is one of those things that speaks volumes about a person. If someone shakes your hand in a very casual manner and doesn’t put any effort into it, it signals that the person is either shy, weak or not confident. However, if you put in too much force, you may hurt the other person. Just keep it simple and grip the other person’s hand firmly for a second or two and then let go.

Don’t Accept Coffee

Just don’t. If you’re offered water, go for it. But coffee takes time to make and what was just meant as a polite gesture can turn into a whole ordeal for the interviewer. Refusing coffee will also show that you’re here for business, and pleasure can wait.

Be Narcissistic

Research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says that narcissists do better at interviews than others because they have a knack for self-promotion. Don’t brag too much about yourself, but make sure to sell yourself. That’s what you’re there to do after all.

Dress for the Occasion

Before the interview, go through your wardrobe. Business interviews require a formal suit, engineering interviews require a shirt and pant combo, media and advertising interviews require more casual wear, etc. Always keep it simple (blue, grey, black, and brown); flashy colours don’t work well.

Sit When Asked

Either ask to sit, or sit only when asked. If you take a seat before the interviewer asks you to, it’ll make you come off as more forward and rebellious to some.

Make Eye Contact

This is a great way of telling whether a candidate is nervous or not. You should maintain eye contact with your interviewer consistently. If there are multiple interviewers, you should keep looking at them all while giving your answers. However, focus your attention on the interviewer who is asking the question.

Maintain Posture and Don’t Fidget

This is another way to see if a candidate is nervous. Those who keep fidgeting with their hands and sit hunchbacked are classic signs of underconfident people. Sit up straight, relax and do not fidget with your hands. This gives the impression of a cool and calculated person.