Research shows that on average, an interviewer makes a FINAL decision on someone within the first four minutes of meeting an applicant. This just goes to show you that the first impression you make is key. That lasting impression includes your body language, presence in a room, how you dress and how you answer questions. Here are 4 ways to make a positive first impression.
The way you feel about yourself can reflect on how others see you. Display confidence even if you’re feeling a bit unsure of yourself. Your presence in a room is more important than the interview itself. Remember to have a good strong handshake, not to fidget and to maintain a good posture. Practice your posture right before the interview. It affects the chemicals in the brain to make you actually feel self-assured and impact your chances of achievement.
Match Interviewers Body Language.
By matching the interviewers tone, posture, eye contact and gestures, you appear to be more in sync with the person who is interviewing you. This mirroring effect makes you immediately more likeable to the person and strengthens your chances to make it to the next level.
Whether you’re looking for employment over the summer or hoping to start your career, you need to be prepared for the job interview. Sure, you may have a stunning resume, but when you present yourself in person, will an employer take you seriously? According to ClassesAndCareers.com, 33% of employers claim that they know if they are willing to extend a job offer within the first 90 seconds of meeting an applicant.
Make the most of your first 90 seconds with interview tips that will help you stand out from the crowd.
Know the company.
Research and learn about the companies where you are interviewing. Understand their mission and, when possible, what may be expected of you if you are selected. If you are applying at several locations, keep a notebook to track details that may help during the interview.
Dress for the job you want.
Whenever you are thinking about what to wear, know that your clothing says a lot about you. Resist the urge to stand out by wearing something ultra-trendy, short, tight or too casual. Depending on where you are applying, this can backfire. A classic black suit, shirt and tie or skirt-suit/dress with a light color top it still a top choice. Use caution and best judgment when picking out an outfit.
It is good to repeat the interviewer’s name (when appropriate) to create a lasting impression on the person you are speaking to. In Dale Carnegie’s timeless book How to Win Friends and Influence People, he wrote, “If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.” Remembering someone’s name will help you stand out from the crowd in both personal and business relationships.
Repeat Your Interview Questions.
It’s a good practice to paraphrase your interview questions. It not only buys you some time to think about how you want to answer, it also shows that you are listening to the interviewer. This makes the interviewer feel like they have been heard and that you comprehend the question – boosting your credibility.
Try practicing the above skills a few times before the big day. Practice creates a habit which makes the actions seem more natural or second nature.
We wish you all of the best with your interview. Remember, getting the interview in the first place is the hardest part. Try that on for confidence!
- Martin, Carole. “Nonverbal Communications: Escape the Pitfalls.” Nonverbal Communications: Escape the Pitfalls. Monster.com. Web. 9 Sept. 2014.
- Kolowich, L. (2014, August 29). 6 Psychological Tricks to Help You Nail Your Next Interview. Retrieved September 10, 2014.