How to impress at an interview
When you get an interview, it makes you feel great. Until the nerves start to build up the closer it gets and you do your research but still don’t feel 100% prepared. So here are some other simple ways of impressing most employers at that dreaded interview stage.
Dress to impress
We aren’t saying you should be go out and spend your months wages on an outfit to impress a potential employer but dressing professionally and smart will make the employer respect you a whole lot more.
What you’re wearing is one of the first things an employer will see when they meet you and if you don’t look presentable then it won’t get things off to a good start. Remember you can never re-do first impressions - so make it a good one!
A smile can go a long way
When you meet someone and they don’t smile, it comes across fairly cold and makes you feel a little uncomfortable – you don’t want to be that person, do you? I’m not saying you have to sit through the interview with a huge grin on your face but smiling is a positive form of body language and it is a way of showing that you’re friendly and enthusiastic. It doesn’t hurt or cost anything so just crack a smile.
Is it even a thing to be TOO organised? I don’t think so - showing up organised to an interview always goes down well with the interview panel. Make sure you know who you’re meeting, their names and position within the company as it shows you’ve done your research.
Prepare yourself for questions, and come up with some yourself to show you’re engaged in the conversation.
Some may think that doing research is just common knowledge before an interview, however you will be surprised how many people think they can just wing it. Researching shows you have taken an interest in this position. If you do your research then you will have more to talk about in the interview which will make you come across as a strong candidate.
If you can’t be bothered or do not make some time to do your research then it shows you’re unprepared, which will not reflect well on your application. Not only will you be wasting the employer’s time but yours as well.
If you have a firm, weak, strong or sweaty hand shake there is no getting around it. Look them in the eye and show you’re confident. A handshake is a sign of respect so it’s important you do this when greeting your interview panel and try and make sure you’re the first one to reach out. Make sure to also do a handshake at the end of the interview as that is just as important as at the beginning.
The best advice I could give it just be yourself, don’t overthink anything. Remember, you’re interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Ensure you get as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision as well.