How to make a great impression during the interview?

BY Saravanan Jul 17, 2018

How to make a great impression during the interview?

There’s no such thing as second chances or opportunity when it comes to making a first good impression during an interview. Whether you like it or not, the first impression happens within a matter of time, since it only takes a few seconds for interviewer to make an opinion—and most often they stick to it through the session.

Many candidates find it challenging to put their best efforts all time, so in order to help them we have gathered some the best methods to get a great first impression.

 

1. Make Good Eye Contact

Eye contact is a form of body language which is important during the interview. When you keep eye contact with the interviewer it indicates that you are focused and paying attention to him/her. It also means that you are sharply listening to what the interview is asking or saying, which can create a solid foundation for good impressions.

2. Smile !

A smile is a beautiful and powerful thing. It is the most universal symbol of happiness and a force of nature. When you are meeting an interviewer who is often a stranger, you must smile. The very act of smiling creates an impression of being friendly and approachable. If you walk around with a frown or grimace on your face, you may be telling the interviewer that you are trying to keep their distance or avoiding them.

3. Preparation is the key

Though none can predict the situation, it is always wise to prepare interview. Search the internet about the company and its history, business etc. Remember that the interviewer might test the potential candidates about their interest and awareness about the company they are about to work. Answering these questions perfectly would make the first impression a good one.

4. Be Positive

A positive attitude shines through in everything and it acts like a great guide to leading positive outcomes. Maintaining a positive attitude through the ups and the downs is important to every aspect of life: your social status, your work, your health and your relationships. The same applies to interviews, even when the interview poses annoying questions about your previous employers or your personal things.

5. Always Be On Time

Many interviewers have a great regard for time and disciple. Throughout the history of management, time management and disciples are considered key qualities of any candidate. Successful people are most often disciplined people. So the same is expected during the interview, since most the interview are pre planned, you should be there on time, if not at least a few minutes early. If you show up late you can never ever give a first impression. It can create impression of unreliability and irresponsible.

6. Speak with clarity

Interview is all about conversation between two or three individual, so speak clearly and never raise your voice in any circumstances.  Don't be afraid when you have mistakenly said wrong things or information. Just correct yourself or move on since it is just simple skill and some people are extremely gifted at it. If you need to practice a little bit, realize it is a skill that you aren't particularly strong in but is something you can learn with a practice and constant efforts. If you have such a problem, you must practice reading out loud at least 10 minutes a day. You can even record some sentences. Use tests such as tongue twisters. Play it back several times and check your pronunciation and enunciation problems.

7. Present Yourself Appropriately

The dressing style and physical appearance matters a lot. The interviewer whom you are meeting for the first time doesn't know you, so your appearance along with your dress gives the first clue he or she has to go on. But that doesn’t mean you should look like a fashion model or sculpted body structure. So the key to get a great impression is to present neat and appropriately.  

8. Be confident

Practice confident before a mirror and offer an accessible body language. Sit or stand tall with your shoulders back. Before the interview, without much effort take a deep breath and exhale slowly. This will greatly help you manage or control any feelings of anxiety and will encourage strong self-confidence. During the treat every single person you encounter with respect and answer the question in a dignified manner. This includes people on the parking lot, security personnel and front desk staff not just inside the interview room.

9. Be focused

Keep your answers short and focused with points. Never ever speak negatively about current and former employers or colleagues. Even if you hate them or they have hurt you. Almost all the companies who wish to hire a person, doesn’t wish to have person with immaturity or negative attitudes. Remain focused on talking about what you’ve gained from that experience and what you want to do next for your growth.

 

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