Making a good first impression is crucial in an interview and isn’t as easy as you may think. If you are a good employee chances are you won’t have attended that many interviews, so please find some key tips below on how to help make a lasting and positive impression.
- 93% of the first impressions are on the personal packaging (CV and appearance), 7% is left for the words we use.
- Never be late.
- Know the location.
- Read the job specification (also take a copy with you).
- Research the company – get a brochure, view website.
- Know about their products and/or services/markets they target.
- Communication skills are ranked higher than qualifications – listen and don’t waffle!
- An interview is a two way process – have questions ready to ask and written down.
- Take it seriously – this 30 minutes may determine the course of your life.
- Practice with a friend or family member beforehand.
- An interviewer is a skilled professional and they know what they are looking for, try and address the clients problems and tell them how you will solve them.
- Act like you are determined to get the job.
- Be positive and confident.
- Fill out forms carefully and neatly.
- Shake hands.
- Don’t sit down until asked.
- Look interviewer in the eye.
- Be factual.
- Be sincere.
- Tell the truth.
- Speak positively about reason to move on from current job.
- Be clear and to the point.
- Turn your phone off!
- Wear attire to match the company culture – ask your consultant for help if needed.
- Don’t draw attention away from your skills with your clothing.
- Have something to carry your work in if taking examples.
- Try not to be chewing gum!
Good questions to ask
- Reason for vacancy?
- A detailed job description?
- Expansion plans?
- For a tour of the office?
- Career progression?
Be prepared to answer
- Why work for us?
- Why leave your current role?
- Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
- Achievements to date?
- What have you learned from your last job?
- How could you benefit us?
- Personal life?
- How would people describe you?
- How do you cope with pressure?
- Who their competitors are
- Don’t be over-aggressive.
- Ask about benefits and holiday.
- Waffle too much.
- Be nervous.
- Be evasive.
- Look at the floor.
- Have a limp handshake.
- Never criticise current/last employer.
Finish with a close
- Request feedback.
- Ask about the next stage at end of meeting.
- Accept any offer on the spot or be tactful and give a date for a decision.
- Shake their hand and thank them for their time.
- Call agent immediately after.