Getting the job starts with making a first impression. However, there is so much that goes into a first impression before that initial handshake!
Before the Interview
A first impression can start with a resume, a cover letter, an email, or even a social media profile. It is vital to be sure you are presenting the right image, especially on the job hunt.
#1: Hiring managers are likely to do their homework on a candidate prior to the interview, so before you even submit a resume, be sure to do a little “self-googling” and possibly adjust those privacy settings on social media.
This includes LinkedIn; your profile and resume should match up and have the correct dates. Employers will look at this.
#2: Once you have secured the interview, it is important to prepare by doing your homework on the company, the hiring managers, and the industry before the day of the interview. This will aid in your confidence and lead to less anxiety during the interview. It is sure to give off a better first impression.
#3: Finally, prepare an outfit that is professional and that you feel confident wearing.
During the Interview
There are many ways to make a great first impression once you arrive for the interview.
#1: Arriving early (5-10 minutes).
#2: Bringing copies of your resume.
#3: Smile and have a pleasant demeanor.
#4: Lastly, when you first meet the hiring manager remember to smile, give a nice, firm handshake, and relax – it is the hiring manager’s job to run the interview so stay focused on the present topics being discussed and let the hiring manager drive the conversation where they would like it to go.
After the Interview
It doesn’t end there, though, you want to make sure that your interviewer remembers you after you leave that seat. What do you do?
#1: Get their contact information if you don’t already have it.
#2: Send a follow-up email thanking them for their time
#3: Consider connecting on LinkedIn
Being confident starts with preparation and ends with a decision; a decision not to second guess your decisions and to go into the interview with an open mind and a great attitude. Remember, you wouldn’t be in the interview if you weren’t qualified to be there, so the main purpose here is for both parties to get to know one another and see if the position is a good fit. Be yourself and go get that job!