For job seekers, getting an interview can be the best news, surpassed only by getting an actual job offer itself. There is a lot written about how to prepare for an interview, and it is all great information.
From researching the company to coming to the interview prepared with eight to 10 questions to ask the potential employer, it is all critically important, and all of it should be taken seriously.
Just as important in the interview, however, are the subtle nuances that most employers take into consideration as they make hiring decisions. These nuances relate to a major question most employers consider; do they like you?
In addition to trying to determine if you have the skills and experience needed to do the job, they are also determining if they like you and if you will fit into their organization, with all their varying personalities and social interactions that make it unique.
As you walk into an interview, the first subtle nuance is simply whether you are positive and behaving in a natural manner. This observation is made within the first few seconds, and it can make or break a job interview.
Most employers also consider your handshake. There is irony in that a job seeker can be very prepared for an interview -- having done all the research and needed preparation an interview demands -- and then make a very poor impression by a weak or limp handshake.
Another nuance is whether you are cordial and pleasant to be with. This is obviously very subjective but it is done in almost every job interview. You want to ensure you offer a cordial greeting and ask questions that express your interests in them and in their company.
Other than ensuring you behave confidently and naturally in the interview, these nuances can be difficult to prepare for.
If you feel you may be too nervous to behave "naturally" or if you are concerned at all about the first impression you make, practice, practice and practice some more. No matter how nervous you may start off in an interview situation, you will get better with practice.
As you prepare for an interview, practice entering the room with a smile, offering a firm handshake and presenting a cordial greeting such as, "How are you doing today?" or "It's a pleasure to meet you."
* Walk in with a natural smile and behave in a positive manner.
* Offer a firm handshake.
* Present a cordial greeting and ask questions that demonstrate genuine interest in the interviewer and in their company.
These subtle nuances can be even more important than the sum and substance of all the rest of the interview combined. No matter how ironic this may be, it is a reality that most employers want to know how you will fit into their unique organization.
Lastly, do not forget that it is also critically important for you, as the job seeker, to determine if you have the skills and experience to do the job, whether you feel you will fit into the organization and will like those you will be working with.
Ron Campbell has worked extensively in the job preparation and job search industry. He can be reached at 801-386-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.