Just that? Yes. It’s that easy.
When facing an interview – whether in person or virtually – let your social skills speak for you. Be mindful of minor things and intentional in your associations. A heartfelt greeting, a warm (virtual) acknowledgement or handshake (when we can), a look in the eye, an engaging conversation that is mixed with some curiosity and some observation — will speak volumes about your personality. This will tell those looking to hire if you are the right fit for the team, and what you can bring to the table. These aren’t about your core skill set or your technical abilities. It is about You!
I once attended a series of interviews starting with a written test which I aced! In the first instance, I got shortlisted because both my qualifications and resume showed I could do the job. The written test was a cake-walk. Then came the oral interview with other applicants. I fell flat at this stage, not because of my core competence but because of my social skills or lack thereof. I was simply too eager which made me highjack words from the mouth of my co-applicants. I was so desperate to impress that I didn’t allow others to speak. The consequence was that I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I wasn’t the kind of person they wanted. I just didn’t possess the ability to be a good team player! I still look back to that day with a mixture of mirth and regret. I did not get the job but the lesson that I learned stays on with me for life.
“Be mindful of minor things and intentional in your associations. A heartfelt greeting, a warm (virtual) acknowledgement or handshake (when we can), a look in the eye, an engaging conversation that is mixed with some curiosity and some observation — will speak volumes about your personality.”
In essence, just be yourself, and I mean be the best version of you. Work at improving your communication skills that will not put you either too strong or too docile. Strike a balance. Work on your people skill – be genuinely interested in people, what they are talking about and their welfare. Be courteous, be respectful. It is one currency that you can’t have enough of and that you can’t possibly expend altogether. Always leave a good impression behind you.
So, when you go for that interview next time, leave a good image of yourself. The power of being nice is immense.
Keep evolving to be a better version of yourself!