How to Make a Positive Impression During a Job Interview

It is always important to make a positive impression when applying for a job. As they say, first impressions last. So you have to prepare and make sure that you provide a positive impression during your job interview.

 

Here are a few things you could do:

Proper Attire

This is the first thing that would be noticed by the recruiter, how presentable you are during the interview, if you are well groomed and properly dressed you will immediately convey professionalism. Sadly some applicants do not follow this first basic step so as a first tip make sure to look good during the interview.

 

Clean and Readable Resume

Make sure that your information on the resume is readable, do not use fancy fonts. Your resume should be clean and without smudges. For a more detailed info on how to write a good resume please read the articles we have the website on how to write effective resumes. Here is a link to one of our articles.

 

Smile

Make sure to smile, it breaks down barriers and says that you are friendly, easy to get along with and happy to be there for the interview. Try it out, it is one of the best things that you could bring during a job interview. It makes the person you are talking to feel good about himself and as a result, you get a spot in his or her mind that you are a candidate to consider for the job.

 

Firm Handshake

Make sure to grip the hand of the person you are shaking hands with, it gives an impression that you are glad to meet him or her. It shows that you are someone to be taken seriously.

 

Be early

Never be late for your a job interview, remember that you are trying to make a good impression. So be there at least 15 minutes early for your job interview, or earlier if possible.

 

Do your homework

Research the company you are eyeing, know what they do, where their business is good at and their weak points as well (you don't have to point this out, during the actual interview). Of course, find out what the job you are applying for requires and what your duties and responsibilities will be to be prepared for your interview.

 

Stand up

When you are about to be called to the interview room, make sure to stand up before you are called, and do not take a seat until you are told to do so, small things like this may not be noticed by the interviewer but it makes you conscious of the little details.

 

Sit Straight

Good posture is also important, do not slouch, sit up straight. This makes you look more professional and also makes you feel better.

 

Eye Contact

Look the interviewer in the eye, looking a person in the eye means you are sincere and honest with everything that you are saying. It may be uncomfortable at first but if you do it in your interviews you will feel more comfortable with it and you will find that it is easier for people to understand what you are saying when you look them in the eye.

 

Ask questions

You don't have to wait for the interviewer to ask you if you have any questions. After you've answered a specific question for the interviewer and you have a question in mind you could immediately ask a question, just make sure that it is relevant to the job application.

 

Don't be negative

Always be optimistic about your job applications, think about the good things that you can do for the company. See yourself working in their office, and or talking to their customers. This kind of mental attitude towards your job application will definitely give you a positive perspective.

 

Remember these simple tips when attending your job interviews and you'll definitely leave a positive impression with your next interviews.