To be properly dressed? Yes. Be on time? Yes. Be polite; Yes. All of these are important and will help you make a good first impression. But what do you do from there? How do you go about it? There are some things that every interviewer wants to see from the candidate, and you need to be able to show them. See what these are:
# 1 Be yourself
I start with this because it’s most important. Everyone should have a nice and sophisticated answer to the question ‘Tell me a few things about yourself’, but both there and after the interview, try to be as authentic as possible. Avoid exaggerations and fanfares. The interviewers want to know who the person they are going to hire is and are looking for a human version of them, not one made and wrapped with ribbon.
# 2 Be confident about who / you and what you have to offer
Do not worry about what the interviewer thinks. Whether he thinks you are or are not the right person should not bother you. Know who you are, what skills you have, and help the interviewer see them, because he or she wants to, see what your personal skills are. Speak with confidence and do not chew your words.
# 3 Look the interviewer in the eye
I do not mean stare. But when answering a question, look him in the eye. He wants to see a contact, he wants to see when your eyes shine with excitement, when you speak honestly. Of course, every interviewer understands that there is anxiety in the candidate, but it is a bad sign when the second one is constantly looking elsewhere when giving his answers.
# 4 Sit up straight, do not squat
Humpback is perceived as boring or lacking in interest. What the interviewer wants to see from you is energy, and that you can cope with the demands of the position even in stressful situations. After all, a good body language will make you a more attractive candidate.
# 5 Tell a good story
When he asks you to tell him about your accomplishments, what he wants to hear is a good story. That is, how you saved a situation in your previous company, how you came up with a way to save money in the company, how you became an expert in something you had no previous knowledge, etc. Keep it authentic, without exaggeration.
# 6 Know your resume
You cause the interviewer doubts when you need to look at your resume to give an answer. Things get worse if your answers don’t even match your resume. He wants to see you answer correctly and confidently, so if you do not know your resume like the palm of your hand, find out right away.
# 7 Show that you know who the position requirements and that you have the skills
It may sound unnecessary, but there are many candidates who do not even know what the keywords in the ads mean. Also, there are many who do not know the industry terminology of the position they are applying for. So, if there is something you do not know or are not so sure about, look it up and find out. Show that you know what is required and that you are qualified.
# 8 Listen
Listen carefully to the interviewer’s questions and do not think about your answer or even worse irrelevant things while the question is not over. Listening carefully and answering the question is a skill in itself, and he wants to see it.
# 9 Do not change the subject
When asked about something you are not sure about, it is okay to give a short but relevant answer and delve into something similar but relevant – an experience or a thought – that will leave a good impression. But do not try to completely change the discussion to avoid the answer. You will be noticed and you will lose points.
# 10 Prepare your own questions
Many candidates have no questions about the interviewer, or worse all they ask is the salary. Thus, they show that all they are looking for is him. A good question will show that you care about the processes and the way things work in your company or department, the interaction of employees or anything that may indicate that you are deep in the subject and that you do not think superficially. Better yet, think of a question that the average candidate would not ask, or one that would show that you listened to what the interviewer was saying.
# 11 Don’t forget to smile
Of course, you will not be smiling from the time you sit down until the time you leave, but do not forget that at that time you are selling yourself. Show that you are a pleasant person that anyone could work with.
# 12 When the interview is over
Pick up, smile, thank the interviewer and shake hands if appropriate at the time. Leave without trembling too much, or without stumbling! If you did all this, congratulations, you did it well!