The first 5 minutes of a job interview is the most important. Hiring Managers can tell within the first few minutes whether someone is a great candidate.
Here are a few tips on how to make a good impression when interviewing for a job.
Show Up on Time
Your first impression starts before your interactions. Be early to your interview by 5-10 minutes. Being late to interview says that you are irresponsible.
Read as much as you can about the organization so that you would be prepared for company based questions.
Be mindful of your attire when preparing for an interview. Do not appear overdressed or underdressed as this may make things a bit awkward.
Have a Good Handshake
A firm handshake establishes a sense of confidence and strength and is a sign of mutual respect between both parties. Offer your hand first, look the person in the eye and smile. Maintain a firm grip but be sure not to crush the other person’s hand.
Body language is a major factor that can determine how well an interview goes. Maintaining appropriate eye contact is important, it gives the hiring manager and insight into your personality and lets others know that you are confident.
Smiling during an interview can relax your nerves, makes you seem genuine and helps to reassure the interviewer. Keep your smile natural.
If you the interviewer asks questions about your personal life or tries to engage in small talk, do not disregard them.
Reiterate your interest in the position by asking questions about the company. Do not wait until you’re asked if you have any questions; make the session as interactive as possible.