#14. Interviews – First impressions count. And second. And third…..Blogs
#14. Interviews - First impressions count. And second. And third…..
Anywhere you look, anyone you speak to, an undeniable truth will emerge - First impressions count.
A lot. Often this impression is made in the first minute or so, and while it's not impossible to fix a bad start, it's much better to get yourself off to a good one. Time Keeping Secured an interview? Great, get there early. But not too early. While we would advise you to give yourself more than enough time to get to your interview, arriving more than 15 minutes early really isn't a good look. It might make your interviewer feel rushed and / or irritate them. Time keeping works both ways. If you find yourself there too early grab a coffee nearby, have a final look over your CV or notes and make sure you're prepped and ready to give a killer interview. Presentation You in the corner! Stop slouching! Seriously, posture counts in these situations so if you think yours isn't great, start training yourself up beforehand. Remember this is the first time you're going to meet these people. Dress to impress but look professional. This isn't the time to bring out your purple suit (unless you can really, really, REALLYrock it), but equally there may be a lot of people wearing similar clothes, so dress sharp and get noticed. Be Respectful and Polite This starts as soon as your walk in. You might be nervous, but snapping at the receptionist or being rude to anyone in the office is likely to be a black mark on your record straight away. Just because you're interviewing with the CEO doesn't mean he won't ask the front desk how you came across. Honesty and Confidence
As with any of our blog articles, we can't stress enough how important honesty is. It will shine through when you're talking in your interviews and you'll be most confident when your being yourself. Make eye contact and show enthusiasm for the company / role / interview. And remember, smiling not only makes you seem friendly but it also makes your voice sound confident. Positivity is key! Research Before your interview don't just research the company and the role, jump on LinkedIn and have a look at your interviewer (don't stalk them though). It will give your more to talk about in your interview and help you fill any awkward silences. Be Grateful Show your appreciation for meeting with them and thank them for their time. Make sure that the good impression you've made isn't lost in the final minutes of your interview. Don't rush off at the end, allow yourself time to gather your thoughts and ask any final questions you have.
Next Week: #15. You got a job. Now what?
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