An interview is often a structured conversation coupled with questions and answers about a particular phenomenon. Interviews are mostly carried out in the employment or hiring process. As the saying goes ‘first impression counts’, the first impression your interviewer gets about you most often than not becomes a long-lasting impression therefore it is very essential to leave good first impressions with people you come across with.
It is often said that an impression is gotten within the first few minutes of the interview but the bottom line is that you should leave a good impression before leaving the interview room. There are therefore some tips you should know in order to leave the best first impressions when you go for interviews.
First, your appearance to the interview matters a lot. Thus, your dressing, make up, neatness and all that is noticed at first sight. Your dress should not be too tight or too loose, it should just fit. It must be official, appropriate (for the particular role you are vying for) and professional. People normally say, ‘you are addressed the way you dress’ meaning your appearance can go a long way to tell much about you. This does not connote that you should wear sophisticated clothes but do well to give your best shot at it. Your perfume should be very light and okay, not one that takes over the whole room. Your shoes should be neatly polished and your attire neatly ironed. Your make up should also be light and okay. It should not be overly done as it may take up all the attention. In all, look professional.
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Also, your timing should be checked. One important tip to making a very good first impression is making it a point to report to the venue of your interview on time. You should be there at least 10-15 minutes before the time scheduled. This gives the impression that you can be reliable and prompt at carrying out your duties. You arriving late for an interview is a very big red flag you are raising to your employers. It means you are unreliable and cannot demonstrate promptness in everything you do.
Moreover, act confidently. Demonstrating confidence makes you seem up and doing and knowing what you are about. Enter the interview room with your head up with a beautiful smile, greet and offer a firm handshake. As much as possible do not carry your phone to the interview room but if you do, remember to put it off or on dead silence in order to avoid any interruptions. More importantly, practice very well before attending the interview. Get someone or people who is/are highly intellectual, get some sample questions and try out some rehearsals a couple of times before attending the interview. This may help boost your confidence level and make you more relaxed. In answering the questions posed to you, do not fret.
Do not act confused and not knowing what to say. Confidently attempt the question if even you have no idea about it. You may not get that answer right but your confidence may impress.
To make a good impression at an interview, you should carry along with you, a portfolio. That is, hard copies of your resume, cover letters, certificates and others that are relevant for your application.
You must also have much insight in the position you are applying for and the company at large. Carry out much research and get your facts right. This will make you look ready for the job. You should also look out for the people who will sit on the panel to interview you before attending the interview. You may go through their LinkedIn accounts to get their names right and at least get an idea of who they are before attending the interview.
Lastly, know why you are there. Many people fail to precisely state why they are at the interview. You should be able to tell the interviewer how your expertise could contribute to the success of the company. In short, your answer should go beyond ‘I am here for an interview’
In conclusion, you should be kind and give pleasant remarks. Do not be rude even if a comment passed by the interviewer does not go down well with you. Leaving a very good impression at an interview is a step closer to your hiring therefore give your best shot it.
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