In general, a job interview can be done in 2 different ways: one by phone and the other face to face, directly with the recruitment manager. The first contact will be by telephone, followed by a face-to-face interview. The value of a candidate is judged by the recruiter by observing his behaviour and gestures during the interview. Focus on the behaviour you should adopt during a face-to-face interview with the recruiter.
The importance of non-verbal communication
Of course, your background, experience and skills are essential for the recruiter. In addition, they also observe non-verbal communication, gestures and the way you behave during the job interview.
According to Gaëlle Marre, associate director of the Office Team recruiter: “a candidate must be attentive to what they say and do during an interview”. According to an Office Team survey, most HR managers are sensitive to the first handshake with the candidate. Eyes and gestures are among the details they pay attention to.
Concerning the look
According to a survey conducted by Office Team, the visual contact of the candidate with his interlocutor during an interview is decisive for most HR departments. You should not hide from your interviewer’s gaze during the interview. Sitting directly without being asked to do so is a mistake not to be made in the interview room.
Wait until the recruiter invites you to sit down before doing so. 77.5% of the human resources managers questioned in the survey are particularly sensitive to this issue. And 86.5% of them are attentive to the way the candidates sit down. That is to say, whether they sit up straight, whether they are comfortable or whether they are uncomfortable.
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About body language
Your voluntary and involuntary actions are also examined during the interview. Almost all recruiters take into account the gestures of candidates when talking to them. They observe whether they have their legs or arms crossed, whether they have their hands joined or open.
These details allow them to have some judgment about the applicant. They also look at gestures and the way you express yourself. The gestures should be consistent with what you are saying.
Do your gestures show that you are open when answering questions, are you embarrassed and are you scratching your ear or nose? According to Gaëlle Marre, candidates are advised to be courteous and to make open gestures, as this shows that you are respectful and attentive to your interlocutor.
In order to be successful in a job interview, adapting your gaze and gestures is not enough, you also need to prepare yourself for the questions and subjects the recruiter may ask you.
Preparing before the interview
First, you need to find out about the company: for example, what industry it operates in or what its brand image is. You should also find out about the position to be filled, in order to obtain information about the job’s tasks, workloads, hours, salaries, etc.
You should also set a salary range in advance to offer the recruiter. Punctuality is also very important, as a delay could be eliminatory for a first appointment. Arriving on time or even a few minutes early will reflect that you are a professional person and highly motivated for the position.
To make it easier for you, look for an itinerary that allows you to avoid traffic jams so that you don’t arrive late for the job interview. As far as clothing is concerned, you must adopt an outfit that is appropriate to the company’s image, i.e. decent clothing that is neither too vulgar nor too chic, and that is appropriate to the sector and culture of the company.
What to do during the job interview?
Recruiters have already had a good impression of you by reading your nice CV, which is why they decide to contact you. But the interview is the moment of truth, when you have to prove that everything written in your CV is correct.
The first few minutes of a job interview are crucial, both for you and the recruitment manager. You need to demonstrate good manners throughout the interview. As mentioned before, you should not only sit down when you are invited to do so.
Long before you enter the room, take the time to switch off your phone so that you can concentrate and do not become unsettled during the conversation. Also be careful not to interrupt the caller’s speech. Other tips, always smile and behave naturally.
Basically, your appearance and behaviour reflect your commitment to work. Here are the mistakes you should not make during the job interview:
– chewing gum: this suggests that you have no interest in the job you are looking for and also shows that you don’t respect the person you are talking to.
– Use humour or a joke: this may not please the person you are talking to, as they may not be receptive to your joke when your goal is to lighten the mood. It’s best not to use humour at all and to stay focused on the job interview.
Always stay calm
It’s not easy to be calm, because it’s the final stretch before your hiring date. However, it is important that you are relaxed and always remain calm. To do this, it is best to prepare your interview in detail.
Start by calculating the route you need to take so that you don’t arrive late. You should also be prepared to answer any questions the recruiter may ask you. Also remember that the recruiter shares the fact that you will pass the job interview.
How can you make sure the recruiter remembers you?
Know that if you have been contacted by recruiters, it is partly because you have sent them an original and attractive CV, highlighting your qualities. But you should be aware that other candidates may have been contacted as well. In order for recruiters to remember you, a few techniques need to be put in place.
Don’t forget to shake hands with the recruiter when you leave, thanking them. Please also send a short and friendly email thanking them for their time during the interview.
You should also thank the recruiter for the interest they have shown in your application. This will enable him/her to perceive your e-mail positively and will pay more attention to your application compared to that of other applicants.