The most important thing to do in an interview is to make a positive, lasting impression. If a hiring manager doesn’t find you memorable, chances are slim that you’ll get the job. But, paying attention to details and doing little things could go a long way towards landing you the job of your dreams. Are you ready to sit down and learn?
Have a Plan
First of all, have a plan. I always say, people who fail to plan, plan to fail. This starts with doing your homework. Proper preparation is the key to achieving success at every step of your career. So, it should be a no-brainer that before the interview you should learn everything you can about the company and the person interviewing you. One useful technique is to read the LinkedIn profile of your interviewer. This is a great way to get some information about the person’s background, hobbies, or other things that you may have in common. People like to work with people they like. Sharing a story or anecdote about a mutual interest during an interview will not only help break the ice, but could really leave a positive, and long lasting impression.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes perfect. This is something we always hear growing up and successful interviewing is no exception. Repetition works. Rehearse answers to likely questions so you’ll be prepared when they come up during the interview. The smooth delivery of an intelligent, thoughtful, and well-articulated answer to a key question is another opportunity for you to really impress the interviewer.
Here’s another easy tip--dress for success. Dress the way you would if you were already starting your first day – better yet, dress to impress. This is your chance to create a winning first impression. Looking good when you arrive goes a long way towards making a positive, lasting impression. The opposite is also almost always true. So, if you dress like a slob you’ll make an impression as well, but definitely not the kind you want.
As you walk into the interview room, carry yourself with confidence and poise. Hold your head held high. Think of it this way--most people didn’t even get the opportunity to interview, but you did. You should be proud of this. Don’t be afraid to show that you are sure of yourself and your abilities. Confidence is the key to making a positive, lasting impression. Assert your strengths and showcase them during the interview. Show the interviewer that you’re not just capable and personable, but that you’re the person they want for the job.
Leave a Lasting Impression
Let me offer one final tip--one that many people don’t really know about. After an interview, leave something behind. Now I’m not saying you should bring the interviewer a box of chocolates. Compliment the interviewer on their office, a photo, or something unique about the experience. This little something will help you stay on their mind once you’ve gone.