Do you want to make a great first impression in an interview?
The most crucial part of the interview is its beginning. Research has shown that the initial 30 seconds of the interview helps the hiring manager decide whether you are good fit for the job or not. You probably might have a little more time than that, but what is crucial is to make a great first impression in an interview within the first few minutes of meeting your interviewer. And thereafter carry that first impression throughout the interview, so that your chances of getting closer to the second interview and the final job offer increases.
Now the question arises how to impress your interviewer. Some quick and easy tips to follow to make the best impression at an interview –
- Review and Practice: Practice might not make perfect, but it does help you make a good impression. Review the interview questions that employers most frequently ask and think about how you’ll answer them.
- Dress Appropriately: Always wear appropriate interview attire. Never overdress or be underdressed for the interview. In case you are not sure what to wear, just choose the professional look to make the best first impression.
- Be prepared: Never go to the interview knowing nothing. It is very important to research the organization, to know as much as possible about it. So that you are never left blank answering questions
- Get a little deeper: Try to get some inside information about the company’s profile and its employees. You may check LinkedIn profile, Facebook, or any of your networks for any insider information.
- Review the job posting carefully: Grab as much information much about the job as you can. Carefully review the job posting and understand what the employer is seeking for the person they wish to hire. Read the job description carefully and format your cover letter and resume, as per the desired profile.
- Check online profile of the interviewer: If you know who is going to interview you then you must check out the online profile of the interviewer (LinkedIn). This will help you understand the profile of the interviewer, as well as their career path and tenure with the company.
- Be Confident: Always take a deep breath before you start. Agreed interviews can be really stressful but you must not show that on your face. Remember that you’re there because you have it in you and you are one of many chosen to interview.
- Greet nicely: Remember to smile and offer a firm handshake (avoid sweaty palms) and then introduce yourself. People with positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills are more likely to be hired.
- Be energetic: It is very essential to show your enthusiasm and passion for your work and what you would like to do in the next job. Show the hiring manager that you love your job and are very excited about this opportunity.
- Good fit for the job: Your enthusiasm is one thing but it must be backed with some relevant examples to show that you are a good fit for the job. Saying that you have the desired skills is not enough you have to present facts to get the job. Match your qualifications to the job and display your skills to perform on the job.
- Never panic: No matter how worse your interview is going and whether you are off the guard by the list of unexpected interview question. You should be prepared for the worst, and pick yourself up to atleast get through in a professional manner.
- Exemplify: It is suggested to share stories and experiences as well apart from just reading out your qualifications. Display your comm. skills by storytelling your experiences and achievements. You must agree that there is nothing better than a real life story to get hold of the interviewer.