How to make a good impression
Generally, you should:
- Be well-mannered with any staff that you meet before the interview, secretaries and PA’s are often held in close confidence of their bosses. They are often asked their opinions, it’s important to keep in high regard with them…..
- Give a confident handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after, try and get a feel for the persons hand, not everybody shakes hands like Schwarzenegger. Not too hard and not too soft, just like a boiled egg, is the way I like to gauge it.
- Answer questions clearly and concisely, do not babble and don’t necessarily say the first things that come into your head
- Be as enthusiastic as possible, but not too enthusiastic. It is easy to get carried away and talk about stuff that isn’t relevant. Paul will tell you I am the worst at this!!
- Avoid talking about any personal problems, although the interviewer may show empathy, it sadly isn’t relevant to the current situation.
- Display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye contact.
- Don’t badmouth any previous employers. This is a big no no, under no circumstances do this, your interviewers may already know that you don’t work for a great employer, however they will also be thinking, if this guy bad mouths his current employers, what might he say about us……It never comes across as very professional.
- Highlight your best attributes, experiences and achievements, based around the skills that you’ve identified as important to the organisation, and evidencing them with practical examples.
- Inform your interviewer(s) that you’re available to answer any follow-up questions;
- Let your personality shine, this is what the interviewer wants to see, that want to see you…..answering the questions confidently is 50% of it, the other 50% is you and how you act.
- Relax and sit naturally, but without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Sit up straight, just like ypur mum told you too.
- Ask relevant, thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments, as this can show that you’re genuinely interested in the role and really listening to the interviewer;
- Show your hands, as this is a sign of honesty;
- Wear smart attire appropriate to the surroundings. Basically this means if you are going to a social media start up, they would probably not be wearing a smart business suit and vice versa if you are going to a graduate job at a bank, they probably wont be wearing hoodies and a snap back……Do your homework……….