The first impression is the best impression.

You can agree or disagree with the above statement but no one would disagree that during an interview when you don’t have a lot of time, the impression you make might as well impact the final result. So it makes sense for any candidate to prepare thoroughly before an interview.

Woman during job interview and four elegant members of management; Shutterstock ID 370947476; PO: angelikiJ-for robin kawakami

In fact, a lot of institutes are popping up nowadays that train a candidate in interview skills. Many job consultants also give relevant tips to aspiring candidates.

Given below are some tips that you can use to impress your employer during interviews

  1. Research: There are many things that you need to prepare for. But it all starts with Research. Research ensures that you have a solid foundation of knowledge that might be expected of you. The things you could research about include company information like products or services, company history, culture, goals and mission, locations, financial statistics etc. Having a broad knowledge of the industry, competitors also helps. Other than impressing your employer, it would also help you ask the insight questions which could help improve your chances.
  2. Be prepared for common Interview questions: In an interview there are a few questions that the interviewer would definitely ask at least just to get the interview started. So it is always a great idea to prepare in advance for these questions. You need to make sure that you have prepared neat concise answers to the above questions. You don’t need to memorize the answers. But make sure that your answers have talking points that would ensure that the interview proceeds in a direction that you want it to.Some common interview questions asked during interviews are given below:
    Tell us about yourself?
    What is your greatest strength/weakness?
    What do you know about us?
    Why should we hire you?
    Why do you want to work here?
    Where do you see yourself in five years?
    Why did you leave your job?
  3. Thorough and Concise Answers: There are two kinds of candidates that you should not aspire to be. One of them is the type that gives one-word answers like Yes, No, OK, Sure and if they feel like using more than one word they will say, of course, not much etc. The other is the kind that goes into long monologues that get boring and puts the interviewer to sleep. These people will not stop talking and often go into irrelevant descriptions to answer a question. Both of them are the kind that interviewers don’t like. they make the interviewer put in a disproportionate amount of work.An ideal interview should be like a conversation that flows naturally with participation from both sides. Of course for junior roles, the interviewer would take up a significant talk time. So make sure not to go into long monologues and answer the question in a thorough but concise manner.
  4. Ask Questions: Many studies have shown that an employer among criteria also include whether or not the interviewer has asked questions before making a judgement. So it is always good to ask a few questions. Things you can ask about include the scope of your job, responsibilities, promotion etc.
  5. Dress Well: There is no need to speak about this but make sure that you dress code for the interview confirms to what the company expects of you. Yes, you might not always dress like this after you get the job. But dressing well is a demonstration that you know how to dress during those times when the job requires you to be at its best like when losing a deal.
  6. Don’t Be Late: There is no excuse for arriving late to an interview. It is better that you come a few minutes early so that you have at least calm yourself down. If the company requires you to do additional paperwork before the interview, then you get time to do that as well.
  7. Body Language Matters: Even if it is the content of your interview that matters, remember that a good body language can help you more than you imagine. Good Body Langage habits include smiling, maintaining eye contact, having a proper posture, listening etc while bad body language habits include slouching, playing with the pen, brushing hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling etc.
So make sure to follow the above-mentioned tips the next timeyou go for an interview and may be it might just work out.

Written by Bajith Sasidharan

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