Interviewers are scary. Right? They are an established person working for the company that you want to work for, yet they are at the interview to determine your job-worthiness. They decide your future and impressing them should be a top priority during the meeting. Here are a few different ways that you can make a good impression with an interviewer.
Prioritize Your Appearance
Let’s talk about you. There are many things that you need to consider on the day of an interview. First of all, prioritize your appearance. Get up early the morning of the meeting and take the time to straighten out hair and iron your clothes.
Eat a substantial breakfast, so that you have energy and clarity of mind during your interview. Also, don’t neglect the professionalism of a firm handshake. Your handshake shows your interviewer that you mean business right from the start. Finally, be confident and enthusiastic the whole time. Your personality will set you apart from other potential employees who sit and answer questions.
Questions, Questions, Questions
Another thing to consider when going to an interview is what kind of questions the interviewer is going to ask you. Here is a list of the popular questions asked by job interviewers:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is the greatest value you can bring to us?
- Why do you want to leave your present position?
- What qualities do you admire in others?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What does ‘success’ mean to you?
- What is the most stressful situation you have experienced at work within the past year, and how did you handle it?
- What would your current (or past) employer say about your work?
If you have answers ready for each of those questions you will be more comfortable as the questions begin to flow. Preparation is key in landing a job. It is also profound to have questions of your own.
Practice is the key!
Often the interviewer will ask at the end “Do you have any questions for me?” This is the perfect opportunity to show the employer what you are going to bring to the table. Prepare one or two questions beforehand that ask specific questions about the company. These questions should be researched out to ensure that you aren’t just making a surface level inquiry.
Finally, practice. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is a popular one, but we often don’t attribute it to the business world as much as we should.
Practice is essential in many areas of life, but it can be a considerable help specifically in the field of hiring. Impressing an interviewer is so crucial and the more comfortable you are, the easier it will be for you to achieve that goal.
An interview can be quite frightening, but we hope our tips and tricks on impressing an interviewer are helpful. The thrill of an interview is exciting, and the more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to land that job.