Want to nail your interview? Then study these tips on how to make a good impression.
Preparing for the interview
Making a good impression
- Dress for success. Wear clothes appropriate to the position. Avoid excessive jewelry, cologne and perfume.
- Take your resume and work samples to the interview.
- Arrive 10 minutes early. Being late may automatically disqualify you from further consideration.
- Turn off your cell phone as soon as you arrive.
- Make good eye contact with each person you meet, especially the hiring manager.
- Thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview.
- Share your opening statement at the appropriate time.
- Express enthusiasm and stay positive. Never criticize other individuals or other companies.
- Be aware of your tone of voice and your posture. They give clues about how you feel about yourself and about the hiring manager.
- Listen carefully to make sure you hear the hiring manager's questions correctly.
- Speak clearly and concisely. Don't rush your answers.
- Don't assume you are the best candidate since you don't know who the others are. Just be yourself and give it your best shot.
- When the hiring manager has finished asking his or her questions, ask if there is time for you to address the questions you have. If there is time, then proceed.
- End by thanking the hiring manager for taking time to meet, and then ask when a decision will be made and how you will be notified.
- Follow up the interview with a written thank you note. Restate your interest in the position and why you believe you are a strong candidate who will add value to the company.
Evaluating the opportunity
- After the interview, think about what the hiring manager said and what answers he gave to your questions to evaluate if the position is the right fit for you.