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Make a Good Impression With These 5 Interview Tips
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What makes you choose to eat at a particular restaurant or watch a certain movie? First impressions affect many of the decisions we make in our daily lives, even some of our preferences. First impressions are the access point for a first chance. Once a bad impression is established, a last impression can only do so much for damage control.

Instead of concerning yourself with the ways things could go wrong, stay focus your actions on what you can do to make your first impression a positive one. Here are five tips that will ensure that you'll save face while putting your best foot forward.

  • Open doors with your clothes
The level of formality in your attire often depends on the type of workplace and culture of the company. Nowadays there is such a thing as overdressing. Some companies embrace a more casual look and may expect the interviewee to have done their homework. A general rule of thumb when it comes to any important occasion, however, is that being overdressed is better than being under-dressed. Always make what you wear match the position you're applying for. Overdoing it with accessories or powerful fragrance can also make a bad impression so keep it simple.
  • Let go of words with dead weight
It's likely you'll be asked a question that you don't have an answer to right away, or even shortly after, but try to avoid repeating "um" and "like" as a way to fill in silence. Instead, come up with some phrases that you can lead into an answer with such as "I'm glad you asked that" or "Great question."  Pausing for those few seconds will give your brain time to find a starting point, rather than of rushing right into words and hoping the thoughts will follow.
  • There's no secret to the hand shake
Shaking hands when you meet them is a simple yet effective gesture. Even if the interviewer doesn't extend their hand, offers yours anyway to be polite. Of course, be aware of the state of your hands. If your nerves have caused them to get sweaty or clammy, have something to wipe them with in your pocket just in case.
  • Perfect your posture
Body language is a crucial communicator during interviews. The interviewer will study you and try to read what's on your mind through what you're exhibiting through your posture and movements. They'll also try to gauge what type of worker you are. The more you slouch the sloppier your work style might be interpreted. You should be relaxed in the interview and if there's any part of your body that has to be stiff should be your back.
  • Express gratitude
Hiring managers and interviewers want to see that their time was valued and appreciated. Interviews may be tough for you to get through but you should always end it on a good sincere note, as much as you want to get out of there as fast as possible. Be earnest in your goodbye and be sure to send a thank you note. In it, touch on some of the things you talked about to demonstrate your intent listening. The combination of a good first and last impression is hard for hiring managers to pass up.