How to Create a Lasting First Impression During a Job Interview
Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Joan Makai
First impression lasts, and this is true even at the workplace. From the moment you enter the office for a job interview you’re making an impression that could make or break your career. Since no one knows you yet on a more personal level, everyone will base their perception on your appearance, action, language and expression. How you present yourself to your interviewer will determine whether or not they will hire you. As people easily jump into conclusion, their perception of you from the very first day will leave a lasting impact on how they will see you on your entire career. It’s very important that you present yourself in a positive way if you want to get the job and create lasting impression at work.
During a job interview
Being offered an interview is a privilege. It means your potential employer sees something in your resume that sets you apart from the file of applicants. As his approval can lead to a job offer you should create a positive impression right from the very first meeting. Here’s how:
- Arrive 30 minutes before your set appointment so you have ample time to refresh, collect your thoughts and make yourself ready for the interview.
- Choose the appropriate dress. Even if the company has a casual working environment do not come to the interview in faded jeans and shirt. For women, a simple blouse and slacks or dress tucked in a blazer can pass for a casual office setting. Men however should wear slacks and long-sleeved or short-sleeved polo with tie.
- Do your research about the company. Google for the company website and spend some time reading about its profile. Jot down important areas that highlight company’s achievements and memorize some key pointers that are relevant to your desired position.
- During the interview make sure the interviewer sees you as an asset and not as an applicant. If you have a related job experience in the past, explain what you did that contributes to the company’s success. Highlight your achievement but don’t overdo it or you’ll end up annoying your interviewer.
- Mention your weaknesses but don’t forget to present a solution you’re willing to take to conquer them. Otherwise your interviewer will see it as an obstacle that could prevent you from being hired.
- Ask related questions in turn to show that you are interested with the company. This will also give your interviewer the chance to gauge your intellect and understanding of the business.
- When asked about your previous work, never make a negative statement towards your former employer. There’s no use telling your potential employer that you left due to disagreement with your previous boss, even if it’s true, it won’t add to your chance of being hired and could create a negative impact on your character.
- After the interview don’t forget to shake the hand of the interviewer. Thank him for his time and say that you appreciate the opportunity he has given you.
Your resume could give you the opportunity to attend a job interview but how you behave during the process could determine whether or not you are suitable for the job.