How to Close an Interview to ensure you leave a lasting impression!!
Going for an interview can be a daunting experience, especially when it is for a dream job or it is your first job interview or if you are a sole breadwinner of the house. When we are faced with strong internal pressure, it is very easy for even the most confident person to be under confident and botch up the interview.
Self-doubt is one of the most destructive mindsets that we can bring into an interview room with us. It can cloud our judgment, make us panic and ultimately result in us being unable to sell ourselves across the table.
It takes just seven seconds for someone to evaluate you when they first meet you!!
In this short amount of time the other person will form an opinion about you, based on your appearance, body language, demeanor, mannerisms and how you are dressed. These first impressions are very difficult to change and that is why it is pivotal to know and understand how to build a good first impression at an interview.
Here are a few tips to assist you to make your first interview a success.
What can job seekers do, to be distinct and leave a great first impression? Things like attitude and appearance are often overlooked in a job interview, but these things can make or break a candidate. Even if the job seeker is overly qualified for the job on paper, details like running late, being on a cell phone or forgetting basic manners can ruin their chances.
Here are eight things job hunters should do in an interview to leave a great first impression:
- Display confidence with body language: A good attitude and self-confidence are considered as keys for landing a dream job. Even though a job hunter might feel confident inside but their body language could tell a completely different story.
Interviewees should not hunch their shoulders or look down while they are sitting in a chair waiting because Good posture and a calm demeanor are essential whether they are in the office or the parking lot. A smile, eye contact and a firm handshake are the most important gestures while meeting the hiring manager as they display confidence without being arrogant.
Smiling is particularly important, as some interviewers might think that a lack of a smile is a good enough reason not to consider the candidate.
- Dress for success: Appearance is crucial, which is why it is one of the mandatory aspects required in prospective aspirants for success. The interviewee should make sure that they wear an outfit which not only makes them feel great but also matches the dress code of the company. Being over or under-dressed can be uncomfortable for the hiring manager. It is always advisable for the job seeker to keep things simple, if they are not sure what to wear.
Don’t over-accessorize or wear anything that might be distracting and it always essential to pay attention to details. For instance, Clothes should not be wrinkled, socks should not stink and should match with the trousers, shoes should be polished, etc.
- Be prepared: Besides doing your research about the organization and inside information on the company and its employees, know as much as you can about the competencies and knowledge required for the job. It is good to have knowledge about the professional background of the interviewer (Interviewers), therefore suggested that candidate should view their LinkedIn profile before the interview.
Also, take a look at your cover letter and resume, so you are clear about what you can offer the employer.
- Put phones and electronics away: This one might seem like common sense, but as we know, common sense doesn’t always translate to common practice. You should never be caught talking, texting or even looking at your phone during a job interview. To avoid any awkward moments, phones and any other electronics should be switched off or put on silent mode during an interview.
- Treat everyone with respect: Treating people with respect seems like common sense, but some job seekers do not realize how many employees they encounter when they go through the interview process. It’s important to impress the hiring manager, but job seekers are also likely interacting with many other people at the company as well. Whether they are a CEO or a receptionist, every person is a chance to make a great first impression and they deserve to be treated respectfully. A negative interaction with anyone at the company could ruin a job seeker’s chance at employment.
- Show your enthusiasm. Display your enthusiasm, inclination and passion for what you do and what you would like to do in your job. It is okay to let the interviewer know that you like your work and are enthusiastic about the opportunity.
- Share a story or two. Avoid just stating your qualifications. Rather, use your storytelling skills to share instances of what you have accomplished at work. There is nothing better than a real-life story to captivate your interviewer and put across what you are capable of.
- Follow up after the interview. An ultimate method to make a good impression and show your concern about this opportunity is to follow up with an email message, note or phone call. In addition to relaying your thanks for the interview, reiterate why you feel that you are a perfect fit for the job.
These tips alone may not guarantee you the job—but they can definitely get you a little closer. When you start your interview out on the right foot, you will be able to face the tough questions with confidence. And that could be your key to your new job.
ALL THE BEST!!