When preparing for a job interview, you probably focus on questions that the interviewer is likely to ask. However, just getting the answers right does not necessarily guarantee that you will ace the interview.
Seasoned interviewers pay attention to their instincts as they ascertain whether you would be a good fit for the company. Small moments during an interview can actually prove to be make-or-break factors. Here are five small things you can do to make a good impression at your next job interview:
Have Everything Neat, Organized, and Accessible
Job interviewers like to ask questions such as, “How do you stay organized?” or “What tools do you use to organize your work?” When you bring your resume and other materials in a neat folder, you prove to the interviewer that organization is truly part of who you are.
Make the First Move
When you are in an unfamiliar office, it is tempting to wait to be introduced. Instead, make a good impression by taking the initiative. Introduce yourself to everyone you meet, and initiate the handshake with the interviewer. By doing so, you show confidence.
Find a Connection
To stand out from other applicants, you need to find a way to make an authentic connection with the interviewer. Look around the office to spot something that might start a conversation, or ask the interviewer something about themselves to get started.
Be Nice to the Receptionist
Many job applicants pay no attention to the receptionist or assistant they come into contact with on their way into an interview. However, hiring managers often ask front desk personnel what they thought of each applicant. Send a message that you treat people well by being polite and show interest in everyone in the office.
Ask for Feedback
If you sense that the interview is not going your way, be proactive about asking the interviewer for some feedback. You might learn that you were overqualified or that the interviewer did not see you fitting the corporate culture. Learning what skills you need to improve on can only help you be more prepared for your next interview. In addition, your willingness to take constructive criticism may impress the interviewer enough to keep you in mind when another position opens up.
When you make a good first impression at your interview, your interviewer is likely to remember you well. Follow these tips to move one step closer to landing the job you want.
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