The key to impressing an interviewer is to leave a good impression.
When you walk into a job interview, your goal is to impress the interviewer and get a job offer. But how exactly are you supposed to make a positive, long-lasting impression in such a short period of time? And with so much on the line?
The good news is that it’s not an impossible task. The advice provided below will show you how to make a good impression in an interview and land the job.
1. Showcase your abilities
When you think about making a good impression during a job interview, you probably think about your job experience, personality, and education. While those are important, a recent study revealed that potential is more important to recruiters.
So, how do you demonstrate your potential in a job interview? Here are a few suggestions:
- Arrive prepared and self-assured.
- Collect examples of times when you demonstrated your creative problem-solving abilities or your ability to learn, and be prepared to provide results-driven answers to any behavioral-based interview questions that may be posed to you.
- In order to demonstrate your eagerness to learn, ask questions that highlight your eagerness to learn.
2. Display confidence
One of the most difficult aspects of interviewing is entering the room confidently. It’s natural to be nervous, but the more confidence you project, the better impression you’ll make on an employer. (However, keep in mind that there is a distinction between confidence and arrogance.)
You’re not sure you’ll be able to shake the jitters? Try the following tips:
- Keep in mind that you were invited to this interview. You’ve already completed the first — and often most difficult — step, which is securing an interview.
- Get plenty of rest. Tiredness causes anxiety, so get a good night’s sleep before your interview.
- Of course, you’ll want to dress appropriately. This will boost your confidence and allow you to walk with your head held high.
- Find a way to release your anxiety and nervousness. It’s critical to find a way to release your nervous energy, whether that means going to the gym, meditating, or loudly singing along your favorite song in the car.
3. Be prepared
Arrive as prepared as possible to wow your interviewer. This means you spent time researching the company and the position you applied for using a pre-interview research checklist. You’ve perused the company’s website, LinkedIn page, and social media accounts, and you’re up to date on the latest company and industry news.
With this information, you can confidently respond to questions such as « Why do you want to work here? » and « What about this position appeals to you? » An interviewer wants to know that you’re genuinely interested in the position and have taken the time to demonstrate it.
Following your deep dive, you should prepare a list of well-thought-out questions to ask your interviewer.
4. Look for ways to distinguish yourself from the crowd
Companies nowadays receive hundreds of job applications, so it’s critical to stand out from the crowd if you get an interview.
First, make an effort to connect with your interviewer. Do you share any interests? It could be where you went to school, a unique job experience, or a shared interest. You don’t want to spend your entire interview talking about it, but making this connection can help you stand out.
Second, consider highlighting a unique skill or prior job experience in your interview. This is something that can help you excel at your job that other candidates may not have. Even if it was an interesting side gig, the tidbit can help you stand out in a good way.
5. Put in lots of practice time
Now that you’ve done your homework, it’s time to put it all together. Talk to yourself in the mirror (taking note of nonverbal cues), have a partner quiz you on common interview questions, or hire a professional interview coach who will provide expert feedback after each session and mock interview.
The more you prepare and practice for your interview, the more confident you’ll feel and the better your chances of making a good impression and receiving an offer.