Friday, April 22, 2011

What are some things that potential employer looks at during a job interview? Here are 7 basic tips to make a great impression during that interview.

Most people think that the things they can do to improve a first impression they make are common sense, but there are a lot of things that are hard to notice if you're nervous before the interview. Here are seven basic tips on how to make a great impression.

Dress Professionally
If you don't own a three hundred dollar suit for an interview, that's okay. Admittedly $300 suits may help if you're applying for a job as an attorney, but that aside, it's mostly about looking professional. That involves the most basic things: physical cleanliness, clean and neat clothes, and a great attitude. Keep in mind, however, that showing up to an interview with a strong after shave makes just as much of an impression on someone as showing up without showering does. Regardless of the job you are applying for, you want the potential employer to know that you are serious about this interview.

Be on Time
It can't be stressed enough to show up on time for an interview. If you have to reschedule, or something comes up, be sure contact the company and let them know that you can't attend the interview that day.
Try to show up early for the interview if possible. That shows that you are interested and that you are prompt. Remember that when you go to an interview you are not only giving your own time, but you are also taking up the interviewer's time. Make the most of it, and make the impression not only a good one, but a lasting one.

Eye Contact
Avoiding someone's eyes implies that you have something to hide, and when you're being interviewed it's no different. Avoidance of eye contact makes people see others as shifty or anti-social. If you have a hard time giving someone direct eye contact, or it makes you squirm, then work on close eye contact before the interview. Instead of staring into a person eyes directly, try looking in their general direction, but don't let your eyes wander wildly. Wandering eyes demonstrate a lack of interest. Maintain good eye contact for the best results with people.

Body Language
Leave your body language open, and willing to converse. Don't sit with your arms crossed across your chest; that implies that you want nothing to do with that person. This is the opposite reaction you want to give a potential employer. Always try to be engaged in the conversation, and pay attention. Most of someone's first impression of another person is through non-verbal communication. Therefore body language is an important factor in a job interview.

Always be courteous with interviewers, even if they tell you that you are not the right candidate. Thank them for their time, and for the chance to interview with them. There is no reason to make a bad impression on interviewers just because they don't hire you at first. If you try again later, and they remember you as a courteous person, it can benefit you. If you don't apply with them again, then you have done nothing but leave a decent impression with someone.

Be Prepared
Always bring two copies of your resume with you, and your references in case they are needed. If the interviewer asks you to bring anything else with you, make sure you have what you need. Keep in mind that most interviewers are going to want to know about your work experience. Think about what you did in your previous jobs, and how you would describe the duties you performed.
For example: If you've worked in fast food before, then you have most likely been in a "sales" position because you have suggested to customers items to purchase, or you have helped them with a purchase. Think of how these things may be skills that are useful for the job you are applying for.

Don't just be courteous to the person interviewing you, smile at them too! A smile can say a lot about a person, and in a job market that is overflowing with customer service job,s a person with a smile is always in demand.
Keep in mind that when you interview with someone, it's the same as when you meet anyone for the first time. You project an image to people before you even speak to them; make sure it's one that's professional.

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