If you’ve performed any research on Interview Tips, by now you probably have a good understanding of what not to say in an interview. But, what you should say might not be so obvious. Sometimes, It can be hard to know how to verbally make a persuasive case for an employer to hire you. It’s also natural to get stuck in preparing interview questions and answers and totally forget to rehearse the core ideas you should express in order to make a great first impression on your interviewer.
Throughout your lifetime, you will probably have to prepare for lots and lots of job interviews. Every interview is different in itself as every job and every interviewer is different from each other. This being said, there are things that hardly changes when it comes to job interviews.
What to Say During a Job Interview
We’ve done all the hard work for you and prepared a list of the most effective expressions to use in an interview. However, you should also be able to use common sense when combining these statements in your interview. Don’t believe you have to hit every single one: in fact, that might sound a bit silly. You don’t want to sound like a machine speaking out pre-learned statements that don’t fit within the context of a conversation. Instead, keep these in your back of your mind to incorporate whenever you feel the need.
Also, keep in mind that you shouldn’t repeat these statements verbatim, or in the order, they are listed. Instead, use your own words to illustrate the basic ideas and insert each thought carefully, so the communication flows smoothly.
Following are some of the things you should say in a job interview.
At the Beginning of the Interview
Your first goal at the beginning of the interview should be to make a strong first impression on the interviewer. You should present yourself as friendly, professional, and faithful. Meanwhile, you shouldn’t be spending too much time on jokes and also, don't forget that your interviewer is also a human being who will understand the common courtesy. This will help you start your interview on the good note!
1. Begin the interview with a gentle greeting
“How are you today?”
“I’m pleased to meet you!”
2. Thank the interviewer for meeting with you
“So great of you for taking time to meet with me today.”
3. Mention whom you know at the company
“The moment __ told me about this job position I was very excited.”
4. Express your gratitude for being considered
“I really appreciate being considered for this role.”
5. Convey that you’ve researched the role and the company
“I’ve done a lot of research already, and I’m excited to learn more about your company from you.”
6. Make them believe that you’re a great fit for the job
“I’ve gone through the job description, and it goes well with my experience and qualifications. I’m looking forward to talking more about these with you.”
As the Interview Is Going on...
As the interview proceeds, your main concern should be to answer the interviewer’s questions carefully. However, if possible you should also try to combine in some of the following statements:
7. Don’t just tell that you’re a match for this job: Tell them why.
Use cases of real-life communications, success stories, and achievements from your past. Make sure to adapt your incidents based on the job’s specific requirements and responsibilities.
“I’m a great fit for this job because…” (Analyze the job posting and match its requirements to your resume ahead of time)
8. Explain What Value will you bring to the Company (and Help the Company’s, Bottom Line)
“In earlier roles, this is what-what I’ve done… and this is how I will add value to your company.”
9. Make them feel that you’re a great team player
“Working with others is one of my great strengths and I love it."
10. Tell them that you are planning to stay with the company for a long term.
“This role follows with my long-term goals, and I’d really like to stay to build my career at this company.” 11. Convey that you’re eager to learn and develop yourself personally and professionally
“I’m always looking to build my skills, and I’ve recently ____ (taken a course, read a book, studied a subject, etc.) which I think has really sharpened my edge in this field.”
At the End of the Interview
The end of the interview is your turn to ask questions, which is crucial to do in order to show real interest in the company. You should try to closing out the interview on a positive note.
12. Tell that you have researched about the company and want to know more about ______
“I’ve done a lot of research about this organization, and I really love _____ about you. Can you tell me more about _____?”
13. Ask what targets or the milestones the company is trying to achieve in this quarter
“Can you tell me about the goals the company is looking forward to achieve this quarter?”
14. Tell that you are great fit for this job—and explain why
“I am looking forward to work here because _____.”
15. Convey that you’re ready for next steps
“The position sounds like a great fit for me. I’m ready and excited for next steps, so please let me know if you need anything else from me.”
16. Thank the interviewer for taking out their time
“Thanks again for taking the time to chat today! Have a great day ahead.”
After the Interview
Once the interview is over, you should always follow up with a thank you note sent via email or postal mail. This note should include:
Tell them that you enjoyed meeting: “I really enjoyed learning more about this role.”
Always Thank the interviewer for their time: “Thank you so much for taking the time to have a chat today.”
Tell them that you’re a great fit for the position: “As I mentioned, after learning more about your services I strongly believe my qualifications and experiences make me an excellent fit for this role.”
Keep the lines of communication open: “Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions about my experience, or if you’d like to schedule another time to chat.”
Convey your excitement for the opportunity: “I’d be really excited to work with this organization for this role.”
Whether you are applying for a job as a developer or an HR Manager, these things will hardly change. If you remember to land on these points, you'll be better off in all of your job interviews.
Although, It’s not about copying these phrases exactly as it is – try to understand why employers want to hear each phrase (or a similar phrase), and then customize it and make it your own as per the situation!
"It will most likely require to wait calmly until you hear from them again, but you may be able to extract a timeline out of them, and this will give you peace of mind while you wait."