If you are a fresh graduate looking for your first job, or perhaps you are intending to make a career switch, you will understand that seeking a job can be a daunting task. The next part of the process can be an even more nerve-racking experience.
Most of us would agree that the interview portion of any job application process can be the most challenging.
The idea of having to face the interviewers and be prepared to answer questions in a manner that will impress them is already making me break out in sweat.
Here are some tips that can help you leave a positive and lasting impression to any interviewer you meet.
1. Dress Right!
You may be applying for an entry level role at a small startup company where they are more relaxed with employees’ dress codes. That does not mean you should not dress to impress!
Regardless if you are applying for a job at a local startup or a MNC, you need to dress well to leave a good first impression.
Spend some time picking out the clothes you intend to wear for the interview.
Ensure that your clothes are not crumpled and wrinkly as though it was fresh out of the dryer!
One mistake that most people make when going for their first job interview is to be too casually dressed.
Take the effort to pick out that interview outfit that will impress!
2. Research, Research and More Research
A good way to impress an interviewer would be to have adequate knowledge about the company.
It shows that you have put in time and effort to understand the company’s background and what they do.
Doing your research on the company before your interview will also ensure that you don’t get caught blindsided when the interviewer asks you about their company.
The last thing you want to happen during an interview is to show that you have no knowledge about the company.
Study the company’s website, understand their business and the role you are applying for.
Do your homework so you don’t get caught like a deer in headlights during the interview!
3. Think Big!
No interviewer would want to hire someone knowing this potential hire wouldn’t stay longer than six months in the company.
Show that you have intention to help the company grow in the long run by setting goals and coming up with 3-year or 5-year plans to express your commitment.
By planning ahead, it also allows the interviewer to know that you are serious about your career and you have goals with action plans to back it up.
Get down and start thinking about your future in the company and what are some milestones you want to achieve during your tenure there!
Interviews are usually the determining factor to whether a candidate lands the job.
Do your research and preparation work before the interview to ensure you leave a positive, lasting impression to the interviewer.
All the best and good luck to all the job-seekers!