Studies show that hiring managers evaluate applicants through observation within the first 90 seconds. For students seeking effective tips on how to make a great impression as well as increase chances of getting hired, here are some ways to help you.
One word that cannot be emphasized enough: Practice, practice, and simply practice! Before the interview takes place, you should practice for your interview with you family, friends, and college mentors well before the interview date so that you feel calm and prepared on the day of the interview.
2. Professional Appearance
Appearance represents the professional outlook of the company. How one dresses for an interview significantly determines the likelihood of one being hired for the job. The job interviewer wants to see how one maintains a sharp image given the environment one will be working in. The company also wants you to appear confident and prepared, because you represent the professional outlook of that company.
Your dress code depends on the company’s environment and the position you are seeking. It is wise to dress conservatively. Wearing minimal to no perfume is recommended and the colors you choose to wear play an important role on your professional image. If possible, contact the company to ask about their preferred dress code before the interview.
3. Be On Time
First impression is the most lasting one. Always aim to arrive 10 minutes early before your scheduled interview to allow yourself time to get settled. There is nothing more embarrassing than arriving late to an interview. Also, before you get to the manager’s office, shut off your cell phone to avoid distractions. There might be a traffic jam or unexpected car issues. Always leave early for an appointment.
4. Be Aware of Body Language
Standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake shows how confident and assertive you are. The nonverbal cue in the first few seconds is a dead giveaway to a great start or quick end of your interview. Also, other ways of getting hired are genuinely smiling, solid posture, nodding, and actively listening. What you must avoid during the interview is slouching, touching your face, chewing gum, poor eye
contact, crossing your arms, fidgeting, mumbling and looking off into the distance.
Communication is a key aspect of the hiring process during an interview. Your communication skills determine your ability to deal with the customers in a professional manner. When communicating with the interviewer, you should remember to listen patiently without interrupting and speak clearly when given the chance to speak.
6. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Responses
It is best not to rehearse your answers as the interviewer can easily tell that you did so. You must know ahead of time what type of interview to expect so that you can prepare accordingly. A honest answer is better than you trying to memorize your response. Having little knowledge about the employer is one of the most common mistakes people make. Research the company you are being interviewed for.This includes job responsibilities as well as the person who will be interviewing you.
7. Polish Your Resume Like A Pro
Your resume should be concise and relevant to the job position you are applying for. You must focus on highlighting the most relevant education, employment history, accomplishments and community service experiences in connection with the job you are being interviewed for. If you need help with the resume format or are not sure what to add, there are career services at NCC that will gladly help you. Be sure to bring extra copies of your resume and a portfolio on the day of the interview.
8. Ask Questions
Always be prepared to ask insightful questions in your interview. This shows your interest in what goes on in the company. It also gives you an opportunity to realize whether the company is right for you. Whether the interviewer has been thorough about his or her discussions or not, all interviewers make a judgment about your interest by considering whether you ask questions or not.
9. Give Specific Examples from Experience
To provide credibility, you will be more than likely offered the job if you describe specific situations where you have showed the skills that the interviewer is looking for. When you make claims about the qualities you possess, you can stand out by giving your real-life experiences to back up with tangible evidence.
10. Reaffirm Your Interest and Express gratitude
Verbally reaffirm your strong interest in the position and the desire to hear back. Thank your interviewer for taking his/her time to conduct your job interview. At the end of the interview, make eye contact, firmly shake hands with the interviewer, and use his/her name. Within 24 hours, you should consider sending the interviewer a thank-you note via email.. You must remember that your positive attitude, manners, sincere smile, quality of tone, and body language are just as vital as the resume, past experience, and your natural abilities.