Approximately seven seconds is all it takes for people to make a first impression, according to a Harvard study. Considering this, how can you ensure the first impression you make during an interview is successful?
Smiling and a confident handshake are two ways to make a good first impression. In addition, dressing appropriately as it is estimated that one in four recruiters will pass on a candidate who hasn’t dressed appropriately. What else can we do to achieve a good interview and increase our chances of obtaining a job offer?
Research the company
Are they a provider of a product or service? How long have they been established? Who is the CEO? As well as helping you prepare answers, knowing this type of information helps you build a good first impression during an interview and increases your chances of landing the job. When hiring an employer needs to know that you possess the required qualifications and skills for the job. Recruiters are looking for employees who can contribute to the company’s success, so ensure you demonstrate an interest in the company and highlight what can bring. An unprepared candidate stands out more than anything else.
Practice makes perfect
It is imperative to understand the job description and what skills and requirements are highlighted, as these will be the foundation for their questions. When preparing answers, we recommend applying the STAR method to craft informative responses. With the STAR framework, you are supported in effectively communicating your work experiences.
Situation: What was the context?
Task: Discuss what your responsibilities were or what tasks you had to accomplish
Action: How did you resolve the issue? How did you go about it and what steps did you take?
Result: Explain the results of your actions
Tell me about yourself
In response to the traditional interview question, “tell me about yourself,” you should bring your experience to the table as well as emphasize your enthusiasm for the open position. What are three or four key qualities the employer is seeking in a candidate? In what areas of your experience are you able to highlight those key skills or requirements?
Finally, remember why you are there. Tell them why you are interested in this opportunity and what you will bring to it if you are looking for a new challenge.
Demonstrate your interest
Employers want to see somebody interested in the job and company, so ask questions to demonstrate your curiosity at the end of the interview. Is there anything that you genuinely want to know? Perhaps you’d like to know what the expectations are for the first three or six months. Can they provide information about some of the challenges in the role? Taking this step will help you plan for the position while expressing your curiosity and eagerness to prepare.
To summarize, when preparing for an interview, it is important to be confident and well prepared. Considering that 33% of interviewers decide on a candidate within the first minute and a half of an interview, these tips are essential to increase your chances of success and improve your chances of securing a job offer.
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