How to make a good first impression during an interview
Moments after meeting, the other person immediately forms an impression of you. An effective way to succeed in an interview is to grab the interviewer’s attention quickly, making them feel comfortable and liking you. Obviously, skills are important, but people place great importance on a person’s personality, appearance, and actions.
The corporate world is typically buttoned up and traditional. If you’re interviewing for a job at an investment bank, you’ll most likely be wearing a sharp, tailored suit. In a tech startup, more casual attire is acceptable.
Managers want someone they feel comfortable with. Since they will be working closely with you, supervisors want to like and trust you. To earn their interest, you need to play the game by doing a number of things. Here are some suggestions for making a good first impression.
The interviewer is the most important person in the world
Right now, no one is more important than the person interviewing you. You need to give them your full attention.
People’s opinions of how to win someone over are characterized in the media as the smooth, fast salesman shoving his way into a big deal. In reality, this approach often fails. You have to take the opposite approach and put your ego aside. Listen more than you speak. You want to come across as genuine, genuine, empathetic, and concerned about how you can help the manager.
The best way to do this is to ask them how you could help them, and then actively listen to their needs. Once you’ve heard what the important tasks are, you can ask specific questions to flesh out more details. The more they talk, the better they feel for you. In addition to the job description, you now have excellent information on the source of what is needed for the position. You can then address the pain points by sharing your background, talents, experience, skills, and education that will set you up for success in the role.
Eye contact, smile and body language
There are very simple steps to follow to get the interviewer to like you. Whether it’s an in-person call or a video call, you need to make eye contact. This does not mean looking at them continuously for long durations. This is to show that you are paying close attention to what the person is saying and are absorbing the information.
In addition to eye contact, nod occasionally to acknowledge that you agree and understand what they are talking about. When the time is right, you want to offer a smile and a certain sparkle in your eyes to demonstrate that you are interested in the role and the company.
Stay present in the moment. Don’t fidget in your seat, look away from the camera, or seem distracted. If you’re in the person’s office, remember to sit up straight, pull your shoulders back, and maintain a relaxed mood. While on a video call, you need to ensure that the lighting and sound and video quality are top-notch. The background should line up with the image you are looking to present.
Ask questions that show you are interested
We all know that compensation, raises, bonuses, stock options, career progression, and work style (remote, hybrid, in-office, flexible) are the most important things you think. Set them aside for now.
The first questions you should ask regarding the hiring manager. You want to ask the interviewer what made them want to work at this particular company. Ask them whether or not they like their job. Politely explain why they chose you over all the other applicants.
These questions will get them talking. You will learn a lot from their answers. When the recruiter talks more than the interviewee, it’s a good sign. The interviewer starts thinking he must like you because he spends too much time selling you the job.
Later, in subsequent interviews, you can then ask about salary, bonuses, vacations, and other important topics. You want to get the membership first, then the salary and other negotiations will be easier later on.
Reflect the interviewer
Everyone has different speech patterns. In New York, people tend to speak quickly and abruptly. Midwesterners have a more laid back, quiet, and slower pace. If you’re not aware of the other person’s style, it could be a turnoff.
Mirror the cadence of the interviewer. It doesn’t mean copying what they say. It’s the art of adapting your speech pattern to align it with the interviewer. It will make them more comfortable and comfortable.
Also, use their name from time to time. People like and respond better when you use their name in conversation. It attracts them and creates a bit of intimacy. Don’t overdo it or you risk alienating the person with too much repetition.
Always be positive, authentic and genuine
No matter how awful your former boss and co-workers were, don’t say anything negative or derogatory about them. If you do, everyone in the interview process will assume you’re bashing them later when you leave and interview with another company.
You want to come across as positive, motivated and enthusiastic. Show that you are a team player. Avoid putting on airs. Instead, be sincere and genuine. Let them see the real you.