Your first impressions during an interview impact your odds of advancing in the hiring process. Showing how your knowledge, skills, and experience equip you for the role encourages the interviewer to advance you to the next step.
Mastering the art of first impressions requires preparing for your interview. The more prepared you are, the closer you can be to receiving a job offer.
Implement these tips to master the art of first impressions for a successful interview.
Research the Company
Learn all you can about the company’s history, culture, products or services, workforce, customers, latest news, and other relevant information. You can use the organization’s website, LinkedIn page, and search engine results to uncover these details.
Decide which information you want to bring up during your interview. For instance, you might want to ask questions about a recent product launch and how it impacts the role. Showing that you researched the company demonstrates your desire to work for it.
Answer Potential Interview Questions
Practice answering interview questions about your education, skills, experience, and other qualifications. Provide concise answers that include relevant stories and accomplishments. Sharing concrete examples of the value you provided for previous employers demonstrates the value you can provide for your next employer.
Dress for the Role
Wear clothing in line with the role you desire. For instance, if you interview for an accounting and finance role, you might choose a suit jacket, button-down blouse or shirt, and long skirt or slacks. Or, if you interview for a manufacturing and light industrial role, you might wear a blouse or polo shirt and a knee-length skirt or pants.
Choosing proper attire shows you understand the company’s culture. Dressing according to the role also helps the interviewer visualize you working in it.
Bring a Pen, Notebook, and Copies of Your Resume
Have a pen and notebook ready to write down key points and details during the interview. Include copies of your resume to hand out if needed. These actions demonstrate preparation and organization, two qualities employers look for when hiring.
Monitor Your Body Language
Confidently make eye contact with the interviewer as you shake their hand and introduce yourself. Also, sit up straight, make eye contact, and maintain a positive tone during the discussion. Additionally, keep your hands in your lap unless you are making gestures as you talk.
Send a Thank You
Email a thank-you note to each interviewer within 24 hours:
- Thank each interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.
- Include 2-3 key points discussed.
- Share 2-3 of the top reasons you are well-equipped for the role.
- Restate your desire to work for the company.
- Express that you look forward to hearing back soon.
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