Making a Great First Impression During an Interview

Being asked to interview for a position is not a small thing, and if you want to have an edge over the competition, it’s important to realize that a hiring manager can learn a lot about you before ever asking the first interview question.

We all want to make a good first impression, particularly when something as important as a new job or a promotion is at stake. But you may be making mistakes without even realizing it, unless you’ve considered the following points.

Punctuality

It’s important to remember that the time in your planner is the time that the interview begins—not the time you should arrive at the office. Getting there 5 – 10 minutes early gives you some breathing room to collect yourself, review information, and if you happen to get stuck in traffic or lost on the way to the office, still arrive on time.

Attire

What you wear to an interview can signal a few things to the hiring manager: have you done your research about the company you’re interviewing with? And do you have enough self-respect to present yourself well? If you’ve never been to the office where you’ll be interviewing, make a formal inquiry with the office secretary about dress code, and then take it up a notch.

Body Language

It’s understandable to be a little nervous during an interview, but it shouldn’t be a situation that puts you into a panic. On the other hand, even if you know the hiring manager well, it’s still a good idea to present body language that assures everyone in the room that you take the job opportunity seriously. Do your best to come across as comfortable but not too relaxed.

During the Interview

There are plenty of signals you send the hiring manager during the interview as well. For example:

·      Are you prepared? Before stepping into the office you should do at least some cursory research about the company and their mission. Have a clear understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the job you’re applying for. And if you know anyone at the company who can reference your work, be sure to know their first and last name (rather than John in Sales).

·      Do you appear enthusiastic at the prospect of working for this company in this capacity? Do what you can to demonstrate your interest in the position you’re interviewing for in a professional way.

Overall, the candidates that do the best in any interview are well prepared, are a good fit for the position, and present themselves in a professional manner.

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