How to Act in an Interview

how to act in an interview

Congratulations, you’ve finally been called in for an interview. The labour intensive part of the job search has been completed. Follow these tips to ensure that you are not overlooked as a candidate in this crucial part of the job application process.

Interviews have a certain vibe and you can walk away with a clear sense of how it went by the flow of the conversation and your feelings during the interview. After you’ve completed your interview preparation, this is what you do in the interview. These tips are designed to make the interview flow smoothly and leave both you and the interviewer with a good vibe. It’s like going on a first date the first impression is important and largely dependent on the atmosphere created by both parties.

 how to act in an interview
Position your chair

When you sit down to the interview make sure that your chair is in the correct position. Your chair should not be facing the interviewer head on. Facing the interviewer head on makes for a confrontational type conversation, which is not the vibe we want the interview to have. Placing your chair slightly askew or not sitting directly across the table from your interviewer will create a more conversational interview. (This is partly because you are less likely to view the interviewer as raging bull facing you head on). If you forgot this step don’t panic, you can always turn your body slightly sideways in the chair to have your chest facing away from the interviewer ever so slightly.

Speaking style

In your interview to be sure to describe concepts clearly and answer your questions in a comprehensive manner that leaves the interviewer with little to no questions about what you have just stated. Be sure to remove all if, buts and coconuts from your vocabulary. If you need time to think about your answer say: “Give me time to think abut that”. Do not fill your sentences with “uhms” “likes” and “uhs”.


Interviewers like to talk as much as any other person. There are times where you should quiet your mind and listen tentatively. Do not think about what it is that you would like to add in next. This tentative listening will enable you to ask the interviewer relevant questions later on when you need information about the position or the company.

Sometimes you’ll have to lead the interview

Most interviews’ bad vibes are created by bad interviewers. Some don’t ask the right questions to trigger important responses or don’t ask about your key accomplishments or why they should hire you above anyone else. It is up to you to make sure that these facts about you do not get overlooked. First, you need to know when you have a bad interviewer. Bad interviewers will be talking more than listening, they are incapable of leading the interview. A bad interviewer is evident in an interview with a lot of awkward silences or they will ask questions that evoke poor and non specific answers that do not target your unique attributes.

My tip is, if there is an awkward silence and the interviewer is looking down at his notes or your CV, say something like :”You will notice in my CV that…(I had my own company for a while which afforded me the opportunity to be in a position of high responsibility)” or “During my tenure at… (That Company I implemented employment wellness strategies)”. Keep your tone light and conversational, like you’re just trying to get to know each other better. These statements will prompt the interviewer to ask more questions in the relevant direction. (This will work in most cases. Some interviewers need to be spoon fed information about you).

Make sure that you know what you want

In order to make sure that you are not swayed into taking a position that you’re not interested in, you need to set your boundaries and standards before the interview. Some companies do not advertise how much they would like pay you each month. Some might hope that you’re willing to switch paths from your previous experience (administration to marketing or sales). With clear boundaries you won’t be taken off guard when someone offers you something contrary to what it is that you want. You would quite simply be able to say that you’re not interested.

So be sure to think about; Your acceptable salary range, the type of position you’re looking for and the environment you want to work in before you enter your interview. You would save yourself and the company a whole lot of effort by being clear about your wants.

Have you successfully created a good vibe in an interview before? Who has had some bad interviews before? I like reading your interview stories, please post them here.


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