Importance of Good Impressions
Here are ten basic tips to convince a prospective employer that you are the one for the job:
- Dress professionally. Whether the company’s dress code is formal or casual, make an effort to look presentable and well groomed.
- Make sure you know where the interview is to be held, and how long it will take you to get there.
- Be punctual (arrive roughly ten minutes early). If you arrive too early you may put pressure on those who are to see you. Ten minutes gives you time to relax and a chance to look around the organisation. If you have been unavoidably delayed, make sure you let your interviewer know.
- Carry an extra copy of your CV with you when attending the interview.
- Make eye contact. It shows that you are focused and confident.
- Show interest in, and enthusiasm for, the company.
- Try to keep your answers down to 60 seconds. You don’t want to be monosyllabic, but long-winded replies will make the employer lose interest and you might lose your own thread.
- Listen carefully and answer questions directly. If you are unclear about a question, ask the interviewer to clarify.
- Be prepared to discuss how what you’ve done in the past will affect how you’ll perform in a future role. Give examples that demonstrate your value.
- Ask questions. Sharp questions will show that you are proactive and want to make sure that this company is the right place for you.
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