Have you been following my posts on how to succeed in your new job search? We have touched base on “Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out” and “How to Ace Your Phone Interview”—now it is time to help with your face-to-face interview.
Forbes states that a person makes “major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting.” Although they may have already talked to you on the phone, it is still important to make a good impression. Make sure that you do everything you did for the phone interview, but now there are a few extra things to keep in mind. As a soon-to-be grad, interview season is in the air, so below are my top two additional tips that have helped me be successful during in-person interviews and will be sure to help you too.
Be professional. You want to come across as being professional in any interview. First off, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed in any situation, but especially during an interview. Remember all of your professional behaviors to make a good impression: Make sure you are well-groomed, prepared and use appropriate language.
Pay attention to nonverbal behavior. You may not notice yourself spinning in your chair or fidgeting constantly, but the employer certainly will. Forbes also states, “Studies have found that nonverbal cues have over four times the impact on the impression you make than anything you say.” Make sure you have good posture, smile and maintain eye contact, even while you are waiting. These help give a positive impression of yourself and that you are excited for the interview.
You can even pay attention to the employer’s nonverbal signals to help you identify how they are feeling in the interview. Pay attention to facial expressions and body movements for helpful hints on if you discussed the topic enough or how the interview is going in general.
These are two of my most important tips in addition to my previous post to help you succeed during your first in-person interview.
What other tips do you have for succeeding during your first in-person interview?