Best Practices to Successfully Perform at an Interview

by | Published on Sep 18, 2018 | Interview Transcription

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Employers look at interviews as a way of filling the vacancy with the best candidate. Conducting the interview and recruiting a suitable candidate is not an easy task. Choosing the wrong candidate can adversely affect the image of the organization. Employers make use of interview transcription service to record the interview and create transcripts that they can refer to when making a choice. The candidate on his/her own part should know what questions to expect from the interview board and be sufficiently prepared. Making a good first impression can have a lasting impact on the employers, especially in the first 30 seconds of an interview. A thorough preparation for the interview is essential for a job seeker.


Here are some guidelines to perform well at the interview:

  • Be well prepared to answer the question why you want to join the firm: This is one of the most frequently asked questions with a view to assess the candidates and their understanding about the company. A common mistake that candidates make is that they give vague answers. This creates a negative impression on the interviewing committee. So, having a clear understanding about the job and the company you are applying for is crucial. Do some research on LinkedIn to familiarize with the job title and go to the company website to know key aspects about the company, their products and services. Follow them on social media to get the latest updates.
  • Good body language: Your body language says a lot about you, so be presentable and be conscious of your body language. Use your hands while talking to the interviewer, it helps to communicate better. Avoid fidgeting, fiddling with things, and nail biting, because it will create the impression that you are nervous. Be confident, look confident and maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Build rapport: Building rapport with your interviewer is the most important interview tip. Listen carefully to what your interviewer is saying, this allows you to pick up points that you can refer to in the interview. You can start a deep discussion about the latest trends. Do not be afraid to let your personality shine through and you can also show your sense of humor. Building good rapport with your interviewer helps to enhance your chances of creating a good impression.
  • Know your weaknesses: Asking questions based on your weakness is important because it helps employers evaluate the character of the candidate and how self aware a candidate is. It is important to be honest and also be tactful. Make sure to answer such questions diplomatically so that you don’t reveal a weakness that could affect your performance.
  • Ask questions: Once the interview is over, be confident enough to ask questions to the interviewer. Get basic information about the company such as their success stories, achievements, etc. This will equip you with the information needed to ask questions related to the company or the job position, and this in turn will create a good impression on the prospective employer.
  • Never share too much information: Do not share too much information about yourself or your previous job or the reason for leaving your previous job. Do not talk ill about your previous jobs or your employers. If you are going through a bad spell in your private life, then avoid sharing it.
  • Make notes: Making notes during the interview shows your initiative and makes you look enthusiastic. You can jot down important points that you have learnt from the interview or write down the questions that you want to ask. But be careful not to doodle as it can be distracting.
  • Follow up: Make sure to follow up the interview with a thank you mail. Also restate why you want this job, your qualifications, and how you can contribute to the company. A thank you note is the best way to discuss anything that the interviewer may have missed or neglected.

Interviews are the best way to select the right candidate and by referring to the interview transcripts, employers can evaluate the intelligence, character and other credentials of the candidate and it makes the selection process easier. Employers utilizing interview transcription services benefit from timely and accurate transcripts. These services are available across various industry niches including law, medicine, education, and media among others.

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