Job interviews don't have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn't be. It's important to act professionally, of course, but it's also important to show your personality to the interviewer.
The more personable you are and the more you connect with the interviewer, the better your chances for being selected for the job.
In fact, an Accountemps Survey reports that 79 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said an employee's sense of humor is important for fitting into company culture. That said, there's a fine line between being engaging and overdoing it.
What's the best way to showcase your personality during a job interview? Dawn Fay, district president, Robert Half International, shares her tips for letting your personality shine during a job interview:
Greet each person you meet with a friendly handshake and warm smile. Managers want to hire people they'll enjoy working with, so show you are approachable and have a good disposition.
Don't go into the meeting looking for the opportunity to deliver a standup routine, but also don't be afraid to show your sense of humor. If appropriate, laugh at yourself or a funny comment the hiring manager makes.
Keep in mind that interviewers want to see the real you and how you react under pressure. By remaining composed during the meeting and engaging in thoughtful conversation, you'll highlight your strengths and ability to work well as part of a team, even in trying situations.