An opportunity to make a real impression
You only get one “first impression”, so why not make it count!?
Heading into an interview can cause anyone’s nerves to set a flutter, so we’ve compiled some super simple tips you can follow to simmer them down. Make the most of your first encounter and settle the nerves with quiet confidence.
Hot tip: Remember to relax (the best you can!) and know that at the same time, you are interviewing them as well. This process is a two-way street, enjoy that knowledge and put in what you want to get out.
Preparation will forever be the golden key. Lucky for us, these days, technology makes it even easier!
In just a short amount of time, you can have access to almost everything you need to know about the company you’re applying for and the kind of people that work there. A companies website, google presence, social platforms and LinkedIn page will contain a wealth of information to help you feel prepared.
Hot tip: Prepare questions for the interviewer that show you know what the company is about I.e show them that you’ve done your research too. Ask about the culture, company growth, and anything else you think they will enjoy answering. These kinds of questions show you’re proactive and eager to learn about the company. After all, what business doesn’t want that in a candidate!?
Arrive on time
Repeat after us, ‘punctuality is important!’
Arriving on time demonstrates that you can likely do so every day and sustain consistency. An even better approach is to arrive a few minutes early. Indicating to the employers that you’re eager, able to plan forward and most importantly, that they can count on you to be on time. Accountability is crucial in a workplace, so don’t underestimate the power of arriving on time.
Hot tip: If you arrive too early, don’t stress! Get a coffee or a cup of tea. Use this time to calm yourself. Perhaps familiarise yourself with the business’ core vision and remind yourself why you want the role. It can be very beneficial to have some downtime beforehand. Destress and allow yourself to enter the interview with a clear mind and a calm presence.
Dress for the role
Always wear the appropriate attire for the interview and ultimately for the role! It’s important to look clean and presentable. It’s never a bad thing to be overdressed so, if you’re unsure, aim for over rather than too casual. How we look will be the very first impression that the employer will have, so make sure it counts.
Hot tip: Dress for success and the role you want. Wear an item our an outfit that makes you feel confident while professional. If ever unsure, a quick google of business attire is sure to inspire!
A smile goes a long way!
So many people disregard how powerful a smile can be. It can be contagious! Never be afraid to smile.
Smile as you greet the interviewer, smile during the interview and smile when saying goodbye. A smile goes a long way! An easy way to release tension and demonstrate enthusiasm and friendliness.
Hot tip: Smiles are good for your health (science-backed!), give it a whirl when you next feel stress creeping in.
Smiles can reduce stress, help heart health, lower blood pressure, and boost your immune system by decreasing cortisol in the body. A simple smile, genuine or even forced, prompts the brain to produce endorphins and serotonin, causing positive emotions.
“Even forcing a fake smile can legitimately reduce stress and lower your heart rate,” – Dr Sivan Finkel
Attitude can make it or break it
To every interview, bring with you a great attitude. A great attitude will help you lighten up the room and set the tone for the meeting ahead. People will often mimic the attitude of those around them, so make yours positive! It’s a case of getting out what you put in.
Hot tip: We created a whole article on attitude over aptitude, check it out to make see how a great attitude can help out stand out in your next interview!
The tips above are here to help you on your journey. In upcoming interviews and in general, professional encounters. While simple in nature, these guiding points will help stand you apart and give you the confidence you need to make a great first impression. Don’t forget to relax and breathe. Be you – you’ve got this!
Wanting to get a bit more interview practice under your belt or have a few more questions? Contact us to book a chat with one of our specialised recruitment consultants. We’re here to help!
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