By Jane Okoth
Preparing for an interview? You are probably stressed about what answers to give when asked the very tough questions or wondering whether you will be called back or not.
Truth is, there are other important things you should be concentrating on. First impressions count a lot and in an interview, never underestimate it.
On this note, watch out for these tips to make sure you’re presenting yourself in the right way for the most successful interview possible.
How To Make a Lasting Impression In An Interview
1. Arrive on time
One of the most important factors to consider whenever you are invited for an interview is time. It is very important for you to arrive for the interview at least 20 minutes earlier before the scheduled time.
This will show how serious and reliable you are for the job.
2. Dress Appropriately
A job interview is not the place to showcase your fashion statement. The type of dress or clothes you put on says so much about you. The first judgment that interviewers make is basically based on your dress code
Your attires should be clean and neatly ironed. Also remember to select clothing that fits properly. This will help you to feel comfortable and relax in your interview.
3. Have Everything Neat, Organized, and Accessible
You can be certain that, within the first few minutes of your meeting, your interviewer will ask for a copy of your updated CV. If you have to dig through your handbag or your briefcase past some old tissue papers, fare receipts or a phone charger, that may signal that you are a little disorganized.
To make the best first impression, everything you need should be neatly organized and readily accessible: Your CV, References should be accessible just in case.
4. Put your phone away
You may be addicted to candycrush, but the job interview is a serious affair. Answering your phone, responding to a text, or even looking at your phone during a job interview is a no-no. The moment you enter an interview room, your phone should be off
5. Ask smart questions
When the interview comes to an end and the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” take advantage of this opportunity.
Ask intelligent questions such as
- What specific skills are you looking for in candidates?
- What do you expect me to do in order to help your company achieve its goals?
Be careful not to ask questions related to payments or benefits as this might show how greedy you are.
These Tips will not only increase your chances of getting called for a second interview, but also help keep the job just in case you managed to be offered one.