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Good Impressions

Importance of Good Impressions


Here are ten basic tips to convince a prospective employer that you are the one for the job:

  1. Dress professionally. Whether the company’s dress code is formal or casual, make an effort to look presentable and well groomed.
  2. Make sure you know where the interview is to be held, and how long it will take you to get there.
  3. 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.
  4. Carry an extra copy of your CV with you when attending the interview.
  5. Make eye contact. It shows that you are focused and confident.
  6. Show interest in, and enthusiasm for, the company.
  7. 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.
  8. Listen carefully and answer questions directly. If you are unclear about a question, ask the interviewer to clarify.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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