Like the famous saying goes “first impression matters most”. Which is an important aspect of our everyday life. This concept is one of the factors that have made or broken most people, when it comes to grabbing an opportunity.
When we talk about an opportunity, we easily refer to the career sector in terms of getting a job. There is no better place you will need to make a first impression than in an interview room. Many times people desire to find “the magic formula” on how to create a positive impression during an interview. What they don’t know is that making an impression is a cultural way of relating with people.
Obviously, you will know from the way they tend to view this issue, because they really don’t know what to do. It’s just that they consider the interview rooms to be a place were the “gentle Antelope get eaten by the fiery Lion”, and they are wrong. Such mindset is the first defeating factor you will use to bring about your failure.
You should know that the interview room is no different from any other environment you relate with people. You must have a positive image of yourself; or rather envision yourself as the fiery Lion ready to pounce on the gentle Antelope. It is no secret that your interviewer expects you to take charge of the event.
These are some of the important tips to note when considering how to create a positive impression during an interview:
- Develop a positive self esteem of yourself. Show to the interviewer that you are the right person for the job and you have what it takes to pass the interview.
- Dress smartly and sharply for the interview. Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear an interview-appropriate blouse and skirt, or pants. For both men and women, clean hands and fingernails are crucial. And you should keep jewelry and fragrance to a minimum.
- Greet everyone in the room politely, even as you step into the building of the company. You never might know who is who.
- You can give a good compliment about their dressing, the room’s decoration, etc, nobody rejects a nice compliment.
- As you step into the room let your smile be charming and welcoming. This is the right place to turn on your charm to a 100%, if you can.
- Let your handshake be firm and bold, this shows that you are a goal getter.
- It’s allowed to chat on other issues if any is brought up by your interview, example “how is the weather”.
- When asked any question let your response be very clear, sound, bold and precise.
- Always get the intent of any question when you are asked by your interviewer. If you are not clear with the question don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. It is better that way, than for you to answer wrongly just because you didn’t understand the question properly. Try to answer each question to the best of your ability. For a truth, in an interview there is no perfect answer only honest answer.
- See to it that you converse with them in a conversational manner, because that’s exactly what you are doing with them.
- Portrait your answers like you have being considered for the job. Example “when am employed I will…..” make them see you like you are already employed and you are functioning with a vision to promote the company.
- Take advantage of the moment to build relationship with them, and try to collect their business card after the interview. It will make them feel special, and also help you reply appropriately with their name when you are doing follow-up.