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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION AT AN INTERVIEW
Interviews are nerve-wracking at the best of times, not to mention when you have to do them virtually, as many of them have been for some time now. Video conferencing calls make it hard to show and read body language, which can make things difficult when you are trying to navigate an interview for your dream job. Besides showing off your skills, making a good impression overall is key to a successful interview, whether it be in person or from behind a computer screen. Here are just a few ways to ensure you make the best impression possible:
Look the part
How you present yourself visually at an interview is important - remember this will be the employer's first impression of you before you have the chance to tell them how great you would be at the job. Whether you're interviewing over Zoom or in person, be sure to wear smart, presentable clothing and some sleek accessories to add some personality to your look – this would be the perfect time to wear those designer Tom Ford glasses you’ve been eyeing up! Obviously, depending on the job you are interviewing for - you can change out what you wear - as some jobs are a lot more informal than others, so just be sure to gage which end of the spectrum this company and job role is on.
Know your stuff
There is nothing worse than turning up to an interview completely unprepared, for both yourself and the employer. Make sure you have done your research on potential questions and have an idea of how you will answer them in the forefront of your mind. Some employers like to think up some questions on the spot too, so try your best to prepare for those too! In order to really sell yourself, make sure you know everything there is to know about the role and company you are applying for, as according to the Daily Mail this is one of the most common questions asked in interviews.
No employer wants to hire someone who only speaks when they are spoken to and otherwise just smiles and nods along to everything they have to say. Don't be afraid to ask questions as they are a great way to build a rapport with your potential employer and highlight your enthusiasm for the role - there is no harm in writing a few questions down prior to your interview, as they say, preparation is key!
You want the interviewer to know just how much you want this job. Not only that but you want them to know that you’ll be good at it. Let them know just how much you love your job, which parts you enjoy and the what you’d like to do differently in your next role. There is no harm in telling them just how excited you are by the prospect of this position. Be sure to make it clear that you are taking in everything they are telling you about the job and the company too. Employers like to know that you are hanging on to their every word, as it shows just how motivated and driven you are.