Job interviews tend to be a nerve-wracking experience for a number of job seekers. It is therefore important to be thoroughly prepared for the big day to ensure that you are confident – in your answers, abilities and body language. Being underprepared and shy during the course of the interview can have a detrimental effect on your first impression on the employer.
Here is a brief guide on how to make a lasting impression during your job interview:
#1: Be Punctual
When arriving at your interview, it is advised to arrive 10-15 minutes before the appointment. By showing up early, you are demonstrating good timekeeping and organizational skills. Interviewers tend to form a bad impression of candidates who arrive late, stumbling into the appointment. Early arrivers are able to make themselves comfortable and acclimate to the new environment, thus setting the atmosphere for their interview.
#2: Wear Professional Attire
Image plays a significant role in first impressions. If the individual wears inappropriate attire to the interview, the interviewer is likely to flag them as an unpromising candidate. “Dressing for Success” is one of the most popular terms used to describe the importance of your interview attire – if you want to be successful, dress like you are suitable for the role you are interviewing for.
#3: Appear Well-Groomed
This point is closely related to dressing professionally as grooming is a part of an individual’s image. Male candidates should be clean shaved, sporting well-groomed hair and nails. Females should try and maintain professional hairstyles and well groomed nails. It is important to observe good personal hygiene at all times.
#4: Facial Expressions
Many candidates translate their nervousness and anxiety through their body language without realizing it. It is therefore recommended that you practice your facial expressions in front of a mirror at home, making sure that you portray a positive and likeable personality. Try to maintain eye contact with the interviewer during the interview and smile to display enthusiasm for the role.
#5: Be Personable
Candidates are advised to have a personable approach to their interview, appearing as enthusiastic, motivated and positive potential employees for the company. Set a good tone for the interview by a firm handshake, remembering the names of the interviewers. This ensures that they remember your name and personality after the interview is finished as well.