They say first impressions count and this is so true for that all-important job interview. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so it is vital that from the first moment you meet your interviewer, you stand out for all the right reasons. We have put together a handy list to help you do just that…
Dress for the role you want
Within seconds of meeting, your interviewer has formed perceptions of you based on how you are dressed, so dress appropriately for the role and the organisation type. If the organisation that you have applied to is formal and traditional, you may want to err on the side of caution and wear a suit, shirt and tie or smart dress. However, if you are unsure, ask your recruitment consultant who will be able to best advise on what they believe will be suitable.
Great body language
Interviewers are looking for signals in your body language and you want to make sure you give the right ones out! A strong handshake and good eye contact go a long way to showing the interviewer that you are confident, interested and poised and never fails to make a good impression. Don’t be tempted to fidget – clicking a pen or tapping your feet may be something that you do when the nerves kick in, but it is distracting and stands out for all the wrong reasons.
It’s all in the interview preparation
You can never do too much preparation work when it comes to interviews. Make sure you demonstrate the research you have done, i.e. “When I was looking at your website I noticed that… can you tell me more about it”. Have questions ready at the end and be creative – things they might not have answered throughout the interview such as “How long have you worked here?” or “What do you like about working for the organisation?” and “How has your career developed here?” People like talking about themselves!
What is your weakness?
Everyone dreads being asked this question! It certainly is tricky to strike a balance between honesty, professionalism and the risk of putting off your interviewer! Make it something that may not be seen as a weakness in the first place e.g. being too critical of yourself, attempting to please everyone, impatience. Acknowledge that you have identified it as a weakness and what you have done to improve it.
We hope this has given you food for thought when it comes to standing out at interview. Whether it is confident body language, great interview dress or considered, well thought out questions, it all helps you make a great first impression and hopefully land the job you want.