Being interviewed for a new job can be an incredibly daunting experience. Anxieties you didn’t even know you had can creep up on you. This can prevent you from selling yourself to the company and could potentially lose you the job. As an apprentice myself who went through the process of interviewing for roles, I have learned that the best way to make a good impression in your interview is to be fully prepared. Follow these tips to showcase your true self;
Tip 1 – Introduce yourself.
To establish a solid foundation, boldly state your name. Don’t be afraid to speak up, you’ll want to avoid making people struggle to hear your name or ask for it again. A solid volume shows you’re confident, excited about the opportunity, and want to be respectful of their time.
It seems obvious, but be sure to learn and remember the name of the interviewer—nerves can make it easy for that detail escape you. Listen and repeat their name in your introduction to help you remember as you carry out the conversation
Tip 2 – Give a strong handshake.
First impressions are key. The way you shake the interviewer’s hand could seal your chances of employment either way. Making eye contact and offering a firm handshake exhibits confidence and professionalism. This can immediately give off a good impression to the interviewer.
Tip 3 – Maintain eye contact.
A big factor in how you can make a good impression is your nonverbal communication. That includes your posture, your body language and, perhaps most important, your eye contact. Appropriate eye contact speaks to confidence and self-esteem, important assets in any good employee.
Tip 4 – Listen and make sure you are answering the questions you are asked.
One of the most common questions in an interview is “Tell me about yourself.” it is not even a question is more of an invitation. Your answer to this question is your opportunity to share with the interviewer whatever you think is important about you. More importantly, it is your chance to differentiate yourself from other candidates. In most cases, the standard questions offer the same opportunity. It’s also important to answer the questions you’ve been asked. It’s easy to go off topic when answering the question and this can put you in a bad position because the interviewer won’t have the relevant information to know if you have the ability to do what they’ve asked.
Tip 5 – Ask questions about future opportunities and progression.
This lets the interviewer know that you are a determined career driven individual who has huge aspirations for their future. This gives a good impression to interviewers as it shows you have ambition and high hopes for your career, traits all companies look for in an employee.
Hopefully, with these tips, you can go into an interview shackle free and express yourself to your full ability. I wish you good luck with your future interviews and hope you find the career that you deserve.
If you’re looking to secure an interview, you can apply for your dream job at https://www.itecne.co.uk/vacancies/.
You can also watch this video for some more tips!