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Leaving a Lasting Impression in a Job Interview
The way you present yourself at a job interview is very important. To give the best interview and stand out from other candidates, you need to ensure that you will leave a lasting impression. Interviewers can tell a lot about you by what you say and how you say it, how you dress, the way you walk and even the way you sit. Impressing the interviewer by enhancing your presentation will ensure a successful interview.
Five Steps for Making a Good Impression at an Interview
1. Do Your Homework About the Company
Researching the company prior to an interview is essential. You should gather all the vital information about the company and commit it to memory — how and where it began, the company’s mission and vision statements and their products or services. The interview is your chance to show off how much you know, and bringing up specific information about the company will show the interviewer you have done your homework and you are very interested in the position. Your knowledge of the company will also enable you to ask intellectual and sensible questions when you are given the chance.
2. Dress Professionally
Dressing professionally for the interview is important. Ensure that your clothes are wrinkle and stain-free, and prepare your outfit in advance to avoid any last minute delays. Pay attention to the colour of the clothes you pick out. The colour you wear can affect what the other person thinks of you. Don’t wear anything too bright or over-the-top; you want the interviewer to focus on you and not your shirt. What you decide to wear to the interview will say a lot about who you are; make sure it says something good!
3. Organize Your Documents
Organize all of the documents you will need for the interview (your résumé, your portfolio, your job application, recommendation letters, a list of references, etc.). Double and triple check to make sure you not only have what you need, but that everything is free of errors. Bring a notepad and pen to take notes during the interview.
4. Be Polite
Greet your interviewer politely, and make sure to say thank you at the end of the interview. A firm handshake is an appropriate and pleasant gesture; make sure to begin and end the interview with one. If there are multiple interviewers, make sure to shake hands with each person. And, last but not least, smile! If you give off a positive vibe, you will receive a positive response from the other person. If you meet a secretary or receptionist before the interview, make sure to greet them with respect and positivity as well.
5. Behave Professionally
The atmosphere of the interview may become friendly and casual, but don’t let your guard down. Always maintain your professionalism, regardless of how the interviewer acts. Address the person interviewing you as “sir” or “ma’am” unless they tell you otherwise; never address them by their first name, even if you know the interviewer personally. Use the interviewer’s last name as a sign of respect.
Follow these tips in every interview; they will not only increase your chances of success, but they will boost your confidence as well. If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.