5 Tips on how to make a good lasting impression
Presenting yourself in a positive light is absolutely paramount in any job interview. How you look and behave in those first few minutes could make the instant difference between success and failure. It is cliché, but you do only have one chance to make a first impression. So get your first impression right.
Here are webrecruit’s top 5 tips to help ensure the image that you present at your interview, will be a good one.
Turn up on time: it sounds simple but nothing says ‘unreliable’ like being late for a job interview.
Image: this might sound basic, but it is incredibly important. Your job interview should be treated as a formal affair, and so you should dress for this. It is always better to be a little overdressed. This shows you are taking the interview seriously. Along with your image, make sure you are well groomed and cover tattoos and remove piercings that are non-traditional.
Be prepared: being unprepared gives the impression that you are unorganised.
Research: covering the background of the company you are having the interview with gives the impression that you are not just going from one job interview to another, and that you have an interest in the company and role on offer.
Be respectful: shake hands with everyone you meet, smile and be polite – you never know who is responsible for hiring and firing. Do the same when you are ready to leave and thank them for their time. You could even write a brief thank you note, not many applicants would do this so this is one way to stand out in a crowd.
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