What job interviewers are actually noticing about you
Are you prepared for your job interview? Beat your nerves before your big day by focusing on what you can do to ensure that you make a good first impression. While job interviews can be overwhelming, there are plenty of strategies you can use to increase your chances of getting hired. Read our blog post to discover what your prospective employers notice about you during your first meeting.
Arriving on time
Arriving late for a job interview will have a negative impact on your chances of being hired. Employers are looking for staff they can rely on. When you pitch up late for your first meeting, you’re letting them down right from the start. Save yourself the embarrassment of being late by planning your route to the company’s offices the day before. Don’t forget to take the traffic into account. Plan to arrive slightly early so that you have time to spare for any mishaps along the way.
Do you know how to shake hands? Avoid an awkward moment when you meet your interviewer by practising your handshake beforehand. This may sound like a minor detail, but your handshake will influence the impression that you make on your prospective employer. A firm and brief handshake makes you come across as confident.
Did you dress appropriately
Dress appropriately when going to an interview. While you may not need to wear a suit, every employer is looking for staff who are neat and tidy. Dressing professionally helps to send the message that you’re serious about your job. Your personal appearance doesn’t end at what you wear, it also includes your grooming habits. Make sure that your hair is neat and that if you’re wearing nail polish, it isn’t chipped. Ensure that any facial hair is neatly trimmed.
Are you making eye contact?
It’s crucial to make eye contact with your interviewer. When you make eye contact, it helps you to come across as professional and friendly. It also shows that you are paying attention to what your interviewer is saying. If your eyes are darting around the room, it sends the message that you’re uninterested or nervous.
Fidgeting and nervousness
If you have a bad case of job interview nerves, you might find yourself fidgeting when your prospective employer is talking to you. Make a conscious effort to keep your hands still if you know that you start fidgeting when you get anxious. Another common form of fidgeting to be aware of is tapping your foot.
Did you know that body language is a huge part of communication? If you’re slouching during the meeting, your interviewer is sure to take note of it. Sitting up straight and smiling warmly goes a long way towards gaining your interviewer’s trust.
Did you research the company
During your job interview, your prospective employer is likely to ask why you want to work for their company in particular. If you’ve done your research, you can make it clear why you’re a good match for their company. The results of your investigations will also influence how you prepare for the interview.
Listening and understanding what is asked
So, you’ve spent hours researching what interview questions you can expect, and you have your answers all prepared. But are you listening to what your interviewer is actually asking you? While it’s an excellent idea to practice your answers beforehand, make sure that you listen to what your prospective employer is saying during the interview. When you don’t give the interviewer the information that they need, it can leave them feeling frustrated. Listening skills are a vital capability that is applicable to most jobs. Show your interviewer that you’ve got what it takes to listen properly by giving them accurate responses to their questions.
The fact that you’ve been invited to a job interview means that your prospective employer thinks you have what it takes to work for their company. You’ve got your foot in the door, now it’s time to believe in yourself. Confidence is key when it comes to making a good first impression.
While job interviews are stressful for most people, you can use our advice to stand out from your competitors. Making a good first impression will increase your chance of being hired. While you want to do your best in your job interview, it’s important to be honest when you’re answering your prospective employer’s questions.
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