It takes 30 seconds to make a good impression. It also takes that much time for your interviewer to assess whether they really want to interview you or just ask you generic questions. After all, if they hate you, they’ll simply throw your resume into the bin right after your session.
So from the time you walk through that door towards your seat, you have to create an impression. You have to project a good professional image. Remember, your interviewer is sizing you up even before you open your mouth. Your resume wouldn’t speak for itself. A good resume is a waste if you don’t look the part and if you don’t act the part. After all, there are so many candidates for the job. You’re just one of them.
But if you don’t want to be just part of the crowd and if you want to be the one then, better take note of these 5 tips.
- Be early. You don’t want to be there on the dot or worse, let your interviewer wait. Chances are they won’t and you’ll spend the rest of the day sulking for your missed interview. Even if they’re willing to wait, you already placed yourself in a bad position. You’ll have to double your effort in the interview. No one would want to waste their time waiting especially for a newbie. Punctuality is the rule of the game. You have to allot time for traffic and unforeseen events. Don’t be too early though like an hour early, it gives the company the notion that you’re desperate for the job. A good 15 to 20 minutes before your schedule is most preferred.
- Dress the part. You have to dress to impress. Choose an attire that suits the position you applied for and the surroundings of your company. Heels and skirts are a must for ladies. Suits and leather are a must for males. You don’t want to be overdressed or under. You don’t want to overshadow your superior either. Think it over. You’ll have to strike a balance.
- Be confident. Walk straight, chin up, tummy in. Your interviewer is sizing you up. It’s a measure of how you’ll be treated for the duration of your interview. If you cower or show any signs of weakness then, you’ll be bombard with silly questions. But if you’re too confident then, they’ll despise you. Again, strike a balance just enough to show that you’re up for it and you’re not someone for them to take lightly.
- Maintain eye contact. It’s the nonverbal battle. They’ll challenge you with it. Never stoop. Never lower your gaze. Smile but maintain eye contact. Never be the first one to break it. It shows that you’re not intimidated by them.
- Act positive. Never cross your arms over your chest or close your palms on your lap. That shows you’re not open to suggestions or you’re too conceited to accept them. Keep them open on top of the table or just by your side. Smile and nod. It shows your openness to learn and accept criticisms and challenges.