You just received a call inviting you to interview for a job you really want. This is of course beyond exciting, so you want to do everything in your power to outshine the other candidates.
While cliché, it’s very true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Therefore, you need to work hard to make sure your first interview goes well or it will likely be your last. Use this advice to prove you’re a great fit from the start.
Five Tips to Make a Great Impression
Be on Time
Few things can ruin your chances of getting a job faster than being late to an interview. This sends the impression that you don’t respect the hiring manager’s time and aren’t really that interested in the position.
Many things can cause you to inadvertently be late for a job interview — i.e., unexpected traffic, trouble finding parking, issues finding the building — so plan ahead. Do a trial run beforehand, so you’re familiar with the area and allow plenty of extra time on the big day.
Dress to Impress
A job interview is a time when you must look your best. The general rule is to dress one step above the company’s standard dress code. For example, if the dress code is casual, you would wear a business casual outfit. Make sure your clothes fit well, are in good shape and are clean and pressed.
Treat Everyone With Kindness
You shouldn’t have to be told to be nice to everyone at the company, but in case your nerves get the better of you, let this be your reminder. From the moment you walk into the building, all eyes are on you, so be polite and respectful to every single person you come in contact with. If you’re not, word will get back to the hiring manager and you — rightfully — won’t get hired.
Prepare Responses to Common Questions
There’s no way to know exactly what you’ll be asked in your job interview, but several common questions are likely. For example, questions like “Why are you leaving your current job?” or “Tell me about your top strengths and weaknesses” are frequently asked in interviews, so be prepared to answer them. This will give you time to craft a polished response, instead of fumbling your words trying to put something together on the spot.
Ask Thought-Provoking Questions
You won’t be in the hot seat for your entire interview. At some point, you’ll be asked if you have any questions — and you better say yes. The hiring manager wants you to ask pointed questions about the job and the company — i.e., “How is success measured in this position?” or “What kind of professional development opportunities do you offer?”
Steer clear of anything related to salary and benefits, because you want to make it clear you’re interested in the job itself, not the other advantages it offers.
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