Your interview is likely the first place where a potential employer can meet you face to face and gauge your ability to fit in with their organization. So, how do you make sure that you leave them with a positive first impression? Beyond that, it is equally as important to stand out from the competition. Here are a few tips to help you make a great first impression and get a call back for the job.
- Manage your arrival and preparation. Never be late for an interview. If you need to find the location ahead of time, leave early and make sure you know where you’re going. Before walking into the office, make sure your cell phone is turned off, you have your resume, and you feel confident. Enter the office 10 minutes before your interview is scheduled. Greet the receptionist in a friendly and professional manner because they will be reporting their experience to the hiring manager.
- Always dress professionally. Some companies ask that you come to the office casually because that is part of their corporate culture. Never go against their instruction because it may be a test to see if you follow directions. However, casual doesn’t mean sloppy. No matter what the stated dress code, make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle free. Don’t wear too many accessories or too much perfume or cologne, if any at all. If dress code is not specified, wear professional attire.
- Practice before and participate during. It is easy to get flustered when asked questions you aren’t prepared to answer. Before the interview, work with a friend or family member to go over some of the most logical questions and establish your answers. Know your own experience, have some examples, and be ready to ask questions of your own. While it is a good idea to let the interviewer take the lead asking questions, it is still important to be an active participant in the conversation.
- Body language is essential. There is more to your communication than the words you say. Have a firm and professional handshake. Have good and confident posture throughout the conversation. Don’t do anything that restricts the flow of the conversation such as crossing your arms. Maintain natural eye contact but don’t stare.
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