If you’ve been invited back to an interview it means you have already impressed the potential employer on paper. Interviews are about “selling” yourself and your skills. It is imperative that you exceed their expectations, to make a good and lasting impression. This will make you stand out from your competition. Follow these steps on how to prepare and present yourself for an interview and you will be able to make a good and lasting first impression.

First Impressions
Succeeding in an interview is mostly about your professional appearance and the interviewer’s impression of you. The old saying that goes “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” and that’s always the case meeting people for the first time, especially for an interview. The first point of the meeting MUST be positive, if not, it will be difficult to change the hiring manager’s mind during the rest of the interview. Arrive five to 10 minutes early, it demonstrates that you respect their time and also proves that you are taking the position seriously. Acknowledge each person you encounter with respect and professionalism. When you shake hands, make eye contact and match the interviewer’s grip, you don’t want to seem aggressive. Don’t be concern about being nervous. It’s normal to feel that way during the interview. Keep in mind the purpose of the meeting is to fully evaluate your personality, qualification and your best interest in the profession. Many interviewers begin with “small talk” to help you relax but bear in the mind that are still being evaluated. Maintain a positive attitude.

Plan to Articulate
Preparation is the key to mastering a job interview. Plan ahead, systematize your thoughts and gather materials such as, cover letters, resumes, and any credentials that will help you land the job. Now that you have gotten the interview, review the job description and focus on its responsibilities and duties. Identify the employer needs. As the applicant, you should prepare anecdotes of specific times where you have used the required skills. Explain how useful those abilities can be for the company, and emphasize your ability to solve problems like the ones the employer might have.

Dress Professionally
Interviewers pay attention to every detail. Your apparel, demeanor, and mannerisms are all elements influencing what they think of you, whether in a job search or even on work. What you wear creates a significant initial impression that can affect the employer’s ability to take you seriously, or consider you for the position. Formal dressing allows you to “sell” and plan better which promotes productivity and camaraderie. It re-affirms your dedication to professionalism in both your work and your appearance. This allows you to exude confidence and self-assurance that recruiters are looking for. So dress for success!

Research the Company
It is always wise to conduct research on the company before the interview. Whether its product and services, opportunities and its competitors, is information will enable you to properly articulate your values and skills to match the organization’s needs. This also authenticates your enthusiasm for the job during the interview, it will likely impress the interviewer that you are fully informed and updated about the company. With this type of preparation, you will also have the opportunity to determine if it’s an organization you will want to devote yourself for the next few years.

 

Leslie | DBPC Blog