You finally got an interview with the company you always wanted to work at. It has been months in the making and there is only one issue. You are super nervous because you are not sure you are prepared. Your mind is racing at 100 miles a minute and you start questioning yourself.
Here at 6 tips that every candidate must follow in order to make an ideal first impression.
Dress for the job you want and not the job you have
It takes fractions of a second for people to form opinions of others and the absolute worst thing you can do is be underdressed for your job interview. Always dress to impress.
Be prepared for the usual questions. Why are you looking for a new job? Why were there 6 months in 2018 when you were unemployed? What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Being prepared will make you sound decisive and confident, two very appealing traits.
Do your research
We suggest that you research all facets of the company, even ones that aren’t directly related to your desired position. This will show your future employer that you know the business and that you care which is very important!
Be prepared with the questions you want to be answered. This will show them that you are seriously interested in what it would be like to work at the company. Do not hesitate to ask questions that are important to you.
Be confident. Why does this company NEED to hire you instead of the other candidates? What skills do you have that other candidates may not possess. Bonus tip: there is a fine line between confident and arrogant, make sure you never cross that line.
Demonstrating confidence can be done in more ways than one. Obviously you need to articulate in a clear and concise manner but don’t forget about your body language. Focus on your posture, making eye contact and smiling. These three components of body language will put you ahead of the pack.
Develop a connection
Do not forget, at the end of the day you are trying to establish a connection with the interviewer. The reason is, there will be candidates with similar and perhaps even stronger skills than the ones you possess so developing a connection will help set you apart from everybody else.
You are finally ready for the big interview, enjoy and best of luck!