It’s a competitive world out there especially when it comes to job hunting. There’s definitely the pressure of not screwing up and of standing out. But don’t let it get to you. Think of it this way: You’ve already passed the initial screening of CVs! You’re a step closer to being employed, and your potential employer wants to hear from you. Here are tips for making a good impression in that interview.
Be positive. Don’t rant about your former job and boss to your potential employer. No one wants to hire someone who seems to have a bad attitude or who can’t control herself. If you’re asked about your previous employment, be objective when you discuss your qualms. Always have something positive to say about it in the end.
Don’t also put yourself down or talk about how difficult your life is. The interview session is not for your drama!
Don’t lie. If and when you’re caught lying, you’ll be ostracized at once. Keep your integrity.
Dress appropriately. Formal or corporate wear is the default. Look polished and professional. If you show up in casual clothes, you give the impression that you’re not interested or you don’t take the job opportunity seriously. Don’t wear revealing clothes; you’re not selling your body.
Speak clearly. Don’t ramble and miss the point of the question. You must be able to articulate your thoughts very well and beat the nerves.
Research. You must know key information on the company you’re applying to work for. You’ll be asked what you like about it, what you expect to get from it, and what you can offer to it and its market. Answers should be on hand. Your chances will drop if you don’t know anything about the company or brand.
Have smart questions in mind. This will show you’ve given the position or the company enough thought, and you’re actually interested in knowing more. Be careful not to ask questions with answers that are available on the company’s website (This will show you didn’t do your research.).
Give a firm handshake and smile. You’ll give a good impression if you’re confident and relaxed. Find a balance between being professional and yourself though.
Know your strengths and achievements. You’ll be asked why you should be hired, so you should have your best traits ready. Talk about your greatest achievement when asked. Be sure that the strengths you’ll say are relevant to the company.
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