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A job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. There are the questions of what the interviewer is looking for, how to get on an agreeable level with the interview, and how to figure out if the interview is going well or not. While the person sitting across the desk from the interviewer is watching for clues, the interviewer is gathering a different angle of information. Understanding what an interviewer is looking for can bring peace of mind and confidence for a successful encounter and positive results.

Answering the Actual Asked Questions

The interviewer is keenly aware of whether or not the person being interviewed actually pays attention to the questions being asked and answers them specifically. One of the pieces of advice people get before interviews is to practice. While this is helpful, a memorised answer that does not quite answer the particular question is not exactly conducive to good results.

Paying Attention to Body Language

What the person being interviewed actually says aloud is only a small fraction of what is being communicated; non-verbal communication is key to getting a complete message across. For example, being relaxed is good, but slouching is bad. An interviewee should sit up straight and alert, looking both professional and natural, personally aware of fidgety motions such as finger or foot tapping or pen clicking that can be distracting. Smile in a warm fashion, but keep it natural. And do not assume that indicators of nervousness are a negative. This is to be expected, so long as it is reined in and the interviewee behaves naturally and makes friendly eye contact.

Skills and Personality

The interviewer is going to be paying attention to see if the person across the desk has done adequate homework about the company and the position and the skills involved. If the interviewee lacks the skills, no amount of personality or good eye contact can secure a solid position. The same is true of the interviewee’s personality. An introvert is not best served in a job that requires plenty of public interactivity and people contact; shy people simply are not best suited for this type of position. On the contrary, an extrovert might get restless and bored in a cubicle circumstance that requires little to no outside interaction.