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How Do I Make a Good Impression at a Job Interview?

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Feb 5, 2020
Jun 28, 2022

How Do I Make a Good Impression at a Job Interview?

Dave Fano

As they say, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Why is the first impression very important in an interview?

As they say, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. When it comes to a job interview, you want to make a really great first impression that lasts.

Interviews are stressful and candidates often get nervous, but it's essential to do your best. If you leave a bad impression you will not get a second chance, so be sure to impress your future employer in order to land your next career.

Below, we have compiled some tips to help you make a great first impression and have a successful job interview. Without further ado, here are our top tips for how to impress at your next interview.

Be prepared

Being prepared for your job interview is one of the best ways to make sure you leave a good impression on the interviewer. Practice questions you want to ask and common answers.

Dress professional

You want to look the part, so it's always better to dress professionally for your job interview. How you look can leave an impression before you even begin your conversation. Looking the part will demonstrate that you're ready for your next career.

Do research

Prepare for your job interview by researching the company. You want to know as much as you can about them. Take some time to read a few recent articles or whatever you can find and spend some time on the company's website. Demonstrating to the hiring manager you have done your homework can leave a great first impression.

Check for mutual connections

Before your interview, make sure you do a quick search on the company's social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook. You might even know people at the company who can give you some insight before your interview.

If you know a current employee, maybe they can put in a good word for you with the hiring manager. Having a personal connection with the interviewer can help you leave a great first impression.

Pay attention to your body language

Similar to dressing appropriately, your body language also leaves an impression. Don't slump in your chair and try to avoid fidgeting. Always offer a handshake to your interviewer. Make sure you make eye contact with the person conducting the interview. If you spend the whole time looking down it could send the wrong message.

Study the job description

Review the job posting and the requirements needed. Make sure your resume shows you are the right fit for the position. Interviews are a great way to show who you are off paper, so feel free to share related experiences and skills that the interviewer won't read on your application.

Ask questions

One of the best ways to leave a great impression is to ask smart questions. Bring a list of potential questions you want to ask. Questions you can ask at all job interviews are: What is a typical day like? Or what is the culture like at the company? Use your meeting is a great time to learn as much as you can about your future career. Employers might think you aren't interested in the job if you don't ask anything.

Follow up

Something interviewers expect is a follow-up. This is one of the easiest ways of making a good impression. Make sure you get the interviewer's contact information so you can send an email shortly after your interview.

Find a way to stand out

One of the best tips we can give you when thinking about how to leave a good impression in an interview is to stand out from the others. Chances are, you are not the only person interviewing for the open role. The more memorable you make yourself, the better the chance you have to land the position you're applying for.

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Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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