When you are preparing for a job interview, you think about the tough questions you have to answer, the response that runs to your mind, what are the professional-yet-slightly-witty anecdotes you have to share. After all, that is what the bulk of interviews are all about – and what will get you an offer letter.
But hey, before the answers run thru your mind, you might be prepared on answering all the questions and deliver it properly, but from the moment you walk in the door, the pressure and anxiety is one. You have to make the best first impression.
Before you go to your next interview, check this tips on how to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light and setting yourself up for the most successful interview possible.
- Be on the company at least 30 minutes before the scheduled interview
You have heard it a thousand times “The early bird catches the worm.” Being punctual should be given to a priority – especially when your dream job is on the line. Show up on time. But if in case you are still running late, call as soon as possible to let your interviewer know. They will appreciate it much more than if you offer up a lame excuse.
- Dress the part
Your appearance probably won’t be the basis of the interview’s final decision – but t can certainly affect the result, play a part in how you are first perceived.
- Bring only the essentials
Bring what is the much needed documents, do not bring trash or unnecessary things such as coke in can, or any other things that make the receptionist wonder whether it is a trash or not.
- Be nice to the receptionist
The person at front desk may not be the HR manager – but that doesn’t mean that you won’t treat him or her right. Some companies specifically ask their front desk officer to report back on the demeanor of interviewees who come through the door.
- Put your phone away
It is a tendency that when you are waiting on the line you will pull your phone out, but hey when you are waiting at the lobby of your dream company, instead of using your phone look over your resume and think through what you want to convey during the interview.
- Have everything neat, organized and accessible
To make the best first impression, everything you need should be neatly organized and readily accessible.
- Make the first move
Do not be afraid to extend your hand first for that introductory handshake.
- Find a connection
After the initial introductions have been made, solidify your stellar first impression by making a connection with the interview.