I get questions on how to rock interviews, how to make a good impression, what to wear, how to communicate, confidence boosters, and so on.
In my previous post on getting over the fear of interviews, I mentioned how I love interviews and do a good job at selling myself well…well because in the past, I got way too many interviews than job offers. But in this post, I want to share 7 tips on how you can really shine in front of the hiring manager so that you are seen as one of the top candidates for the position you’re after.
7 tips on how to make a good first impression in an interview.
1) Craft a brilliant narrative.
My oh my. Looking back on all the acquaintances and long term relationships I’ve made, I believe what sealed the deal was the very first minutes of talking with them.
The best way to impress that top exec or hiring manager sitting in front of you is to have a killer introduction. My advice for that is to pick something that summarizes what you’ve done so far (school + experience), the results you’ve gotten, and how you’re looking to replicate that in a new organization. To put it together, I love going for the statement: “…at the moment, I’m hoping to transition into….”
2) Take strategic pauses during your conversation
They’ll usually have a bottle of water available for you. But if not, have one with you. Apart from the fact that you might get thirsty, it is a good way to take occasional sips just to gather your thoughts (my journalism/mass communication class experience).
Communication is only colorful when you allow strategic pauses in order to allow both you and the hiring manager to think in-between questions and answers. And you know what? It positions you as someone who is in control of himself or herself.
When you’re too hasty in answering questions, you might come across as not thoughtful enough, and you might not be able to detect leading questions or poorly constructed questions. [Read more…]