Preparing for the interview: Do first impression counts?
When taking part in an interview the first impression is the most important for every employer. There are some logical things here when entering the room and what will be your first task there and some others like this. So every employer should follow the following tasks at that time. An excellent initial impression, on the other hand, will put a favorable glow on everything else you say during the rest of the interview–and could well encourage the employer to ask less demanding questions.
- Timing is everything
Although it may seem hard to believe, many job seekers arrive late for interviews. So they should reach there just before 10 or 15 minutes. If you have never been to the interview location before, visit it the day before so you know exactly how to get there, access the building, and locate adequate parking.
- Projecting the Perfect Image
It is important for you to know that the interviewer’s decision about whether or not you will be invited back for an additional interview will probably be influenced as much by your qualifications as your attitude and personality. So while preparation is important, how you conduct yourself during an interview can make even more of a difference.
- Dressing for Success
How important is proper dress for a job interview? Well, the final selection of a job candidate will rarely be determined by dress. However, first-round candidates for an opening are often quickly eliminated by inappropriate dress. This is not to say you should go out and invest in a new wardrobe, just be sure that you are able to put together an adequate interview outfit. Generally, a professional-looking dress or suit with low-heeled shoes makes the best impression. In more conservative industries like law and banking, a suit is a safer bet than a dress.
- Overcoming Nervousness
As if formulating solid answers to interview questions isn’t tough enough, if you are like most job hunters, you’ll have to overcome your own nervousness. Most employers will not condemn job candidates for a bit of nervous behavior after all, it’s only normal, but they will pay close attention to how you hold up under pressure. Displaying excessive nervousness can easily eliminate you from further consideration.
- Have the Obvious Answers Ready
You can never be sure exactly what you will be asked at a job interview, but certain questions are more likely to arise than others, and you should be prepared for them. By developing solid answers to questions that are likely to be asked, you will probably be in a better position to answer questions that you had not anticipated. One of the key messages that you will want to convey to the interviewer is that you are seriously interested in a career in that particular field at that particular company. If you have been keeping up with industry trends by reading trade publications and talking with industry insiders, you have already won half the battle. But, if in addition to this, you impress the interviewer with your knowledge of that company, you will have a great advantage over the competition.