Interviews: how to make a good first impression

Posted: 2017-09-21 01:32:54

“You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression”. Whilst this phrase has come to be a cliché nowadays, it’s a very true fact and one that we in the recruitment industry ought to stand by. You may still struggle with making the first impression you want to when going for an interview if you’ve never been told how. Here are some crucial dos and don’ts on how to make the best first impression you possibly can!


Do:

Be well prepared

Make sure you know your stuff about the role, company and competitors before going so you’re not in the dark if they ask you any specific questions!

Focus on your body language

Make sure your body language portrays you as open and not closed off – your interviewer will be much more interested and you’ll more likely engage on a personal level.

Tell them why

Don’t just focus on telling them what you’ve done in your life but tell them why you did it! This makes the tasks and actions much more relatable to your interviewer and you more memorable.


Don’t:

Be late

There’s nothing that comes across worse than being late to an interview. Being on time or even slightly early will put you in a better light with your potential employer from the get go (and you’ll be more relaxed going into the interview)!

Be self-absorbed

An interview is a two-way street; you need to know if you like the company as much as they need to know if they like you! Ask your interviewer questions about themselves to make an authentic connection and about the company to suss out whether the company is right for you (it’s not all about you)!

Panic

There’s no use getting flustered if it seems you can’t find common ground to make a personal connection between you and your interviewer - be yourself and maintain composure and confidence and you may bag the job anyway!

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