While the general dos and don’ts remain, did anyone tell you that you could actually decide the direction in which your interview proceeds? Well, you can! All you need to do is be mindful of your answers and you can tilt the interview in your favour. Here is how…

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When asked to introduce yourself

When introducing yourself, make sure you refrain from personal details such as your marital status and love of pets. Concentrate on your interest in the field, career credentials, professional goals and aspirations. Speak of your ambitions and how you aim at achieving them. Draw a chronology of your work experience, events and back them with your love of the craft that is in question.

Dress the part

How you dress for the interview and your body language can speak volumes about who you are. It should therefore be in sync with the kind of job you are applying for. If you are applying for a lifestyle job, flaunt your style quotient so that the employer is convinced that you are well-versed with the industry. In case it is a corporate job, then stick to professional attire. Either way, dial it down to create a subtle and smart impression, so that you don’t overdo it. The way you dress will be instrumental in the interviewer taking you seriously and asking you more pointed questions.

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Tweak your answers to drive the next question

Here is an example of how you can drive the interview in your desired direction.  When asked about how you are appropriate for the role, suit your answer in accordance with the job description. If you are applying for a creative job, for example a visualiser’s position, then don’t just speak of your job experience; speak also of your personal tastes and design sensibilities, and of your favourite designers and illustrators. The employer will then be able to judge your creative inclinations and will thus be prompted to ask questions accordingly.

Back your credentials with examples

When you are asked to speak of your credentials, creative and otherwise, make sure you back them with constructive examples and drive the conversation towards your desired field of interest. Mention popular people in the industry who will speak well of you and your reputation, such as previous bosses. Play on your strengths but make sure you have relevant information that will tilt the conversation in your favor.

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Ask informed and in-depth questions

This is a good way to blow your own trumpet at the interview without making it too obvious. Flaunt your knowledge of the field by asking in-depth questions regarding the job profile, company history and achievements. Present informed opinions, preferences and points of view so that you and your employer are on the same page about what you will bring to the table. If you offer an informed opinion, you have already made an impact, and have convinced the employer that you will prove to be an informed employee.