Interviewing involves more than just having a solid resume. Making a good impression on a potential employer can be the difference between getting hired, or getting overlooked. Here are some tips that you can use to help improve your interview skills by giving a good first impression.
Show Up Early
When you show up to an interview just as it is scheduled to start— or worse, after the starting time— it indicates to a potential employer that you don't care about the position enough to make time for it. Showing up a few minutes early, however, gives the opposite impression and proves to employers that you do care.
Make travel plans accordingly, and plan for extra travel time if you know that you are going to an unfamiliar area, you need to find parking, or there might be traffic and delays. Leaving fifteen minutes early can make a big difference in the eyes of employers.
Dress to Impress
Even if the position you are interviewing for doesn't require you to dress nicely, you should do so for the interview. That means dress shirts and ties for men, and slacks, skirts, or dresses for women. Dressing nicely is another way to make a favorable impression on the interviewer. They see that you have taken the time and effort to appear more formal, and are taking the interview seriously.
When you dress to impress you can stand out above the crowd of interviewees, and you will show to employers that you are committed and excited about the position you are interviewing for.
The last thing you want is to be caught off guard during an interview. Make sure to review your resume and know your education and work history by heart. Everyone can get stumped by an interview question, but don't let the question that slows you down be one you should easily know.
If you do get stuck by a question, don't let your nerves show. Take a deep breath, and repeat the question back to the interviewer as you think it through. Keeping a cool head is another great way to make a good impression on a potential employer.
Employers are looking at more than just a resume when you come in for an interview. They are also looking at you as an individual. These tips will help you stand out for the right reasons and improve your chances of getting hired. Check out our job postings to see what opportunities are waiting for you!