How to prepare for an interview and make a lasting impression

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Preparing for the interview is crucial once you have received the call. This is your chance to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer and potentially land the job you have been dreaming of. Remember, your physical impression will always outweigh your CV. So make sure your composure, attire, attitude, social skills, and communication style are all polished and ready to make a great impact.

To help you prepare, here are some important tips on how to make a lasting impression on the interviewer:

Know the interviewer's name

Always ask for the interviewer’s name whenever you receive an interview call. It shows that you are interested in the position and are professional.

Reach on time

Arrive at the office 10-15 minutes early, check if everything is intact, and relax. This will help you be composed and ready to tackle any questions.

Prepare questions to ask

Show your interest in the company and the role by making a short list of questions to ask the interviewer.

Take copies of your CV

Bring a decent file with you, carrying your relevant credentials and neat and clean copies of your CV. And present them only when asked by the interviewer.

Greet the interviewer

Greet the interviewer with a smile, shake hands when offered, maintain eye contact, and try to be yourself. Do not try to copy someone else or act in an ice-cold professional manner.

Try to develop a connection

Use your PR skills to build rapport with the interviewer. But do not overuse them and follow the interviewer’s lead.

Be alert and relaxed

Non-verbal communication speaks a lot during the interview. So, don’t get nervous or embarrassed if you don’t know the answer to any question.

Focus on solutions

List all the points that show how your talent, skills, and qualifications can add more value to their company, what you offer and how you can solve problems.

Never hesitate to tell the truth

Experienced interviewers are very good at knowing when you’re lying or telling them made-up stories. So, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to tell them the truth.

Be a good listener

If you don’t understand any question, ask for clarification before you reply. Answer completely and briefly, and stick to the point of the discussion.

Never belittle anyone

Belittling someone never makes a good impression on interviewers. So, try to figure out even the tiniest good things about others and discuss them with the interviewer.

Good grammar makes a good impact

Use proper grammar and avoid slang. Employers are interested in candidates who are composed during the interview and can express themselves properly and professionally.

Anticipate personal questions

Be prepared for how you will handle personal questions without losing your poise. And in case you don’t want to answer any specific question, ask them the reason behind the question in a polite manner.

Never initiate discussions about salary and benefits

Wait for the interviewer’s question or an offer. Often you will be invited to a second or third interview before an offer is extended.

Close on a positive note

Before leaving an interview, ask the interviewer about the next step, and thank them for inviting you and for the time spent with you. Express your interest in working with them and leave the room quickly and kindly with a smile.

Follow up with a thank-you email

After the interview, send a thank-you email to the interviewer expressing your appreciation for the opportunity to meet with them.

Date: December 9, 2022