8 Tips to Leave a Lasting Impression at a Job Interview

It isn’t always easy to leave a lasting impression during job interviews. People usually get nervous, especially if it’s their first interview. We sometimes have a tendency to say unnecessary things and stumble over our words, which usually leaves the interviewer with a negative vibe and a less than favourable opinion of us.

While we know that there are many different tips out there, here are just a few tried and tested tips that you may find useful when trying to make a good first impression at your next job interview.


1. Try to Be as Real as You Can

The first thing you need to remember is be true and original, being yourself will make you less stressed by not having to pretend that you are someone else. When you answer questions, try to show the right candidate for the position by mentioning an outstanding qualification or skillset.

You can tell a story from your own experience that will verify that you are the right candidate for the job and will leave a good impression in the interviewer’s eyes.


2. Make sure You Are Prepared

A lot of people underestimate the importance of preparation prior to the interview. Interviews can sometimes be very complicated and have several parts to them, that is why it is important to be ready for anything they throw at you.

Do your homework by researching the company you are applying for. The last thing you want is to look silly by not even knowing what products or services the company provides or what sector it’s in.

While you can’t prepare answers for all of the interviewer’s questions, you can be ready for some of them by knowing the right thing to say.

When answering questions, try showing that you have the right qualifications that match the job description.

Lastly, make sure that you go over your CV before the interview if you don’t remember it very well. That way, you can avoid looking silly when they ask you to go into more specific details.


3. Try to be both humble and confident

Try Striking the Right Balance

During the interview, you are going to want to show that you are confident and capable of carrying out the responsibilities  required of you during the position. On the other hand, you don’t want to come off as too cocky and overconfident so it is important to show a little humility with your humble side.

So how can you have your cake and eat it at the same time? Try not to be the one who interrupts or asserts their voice during the meeting. Maintain a positive stance while acknowledging that the interviewer is the one calling the shots.


4. Turn Negatives into Something Positive

We have things that we are good at and things that we aren’t so good at. When being asked questions during an interview, it is often easy and to lose points with the interviewer by slipping up in your responses.

Try turning things around by making something bad look good. You may think I’m pulling your leg, so here’s an example.

If an interviewer asks you about a situation that you’re not particularly proud of, let’s say the interviewer discovers you have problems with getting work done on time. It might be a good idea to emphasise that you like to make sure that everything is completely finished and that there aren’t any mistakes.

My point here is, try putting a spin on the situation so that you come out on top.


5. Don’t Force Things

Sometimes, it’s a better idea to bite your tongue, you don’t want to seem like you are in a hurry because it can work against you.

It may not be a good idea to start talking about salary and benefits right off the bat. The interviewer often covers those topics towards the end of the interview.

So, let the interviewer run the show at the beginning and just go with the flow.


6. You Don’t Have to Ask Questions

While it’s good to ask questions because they are informative and you come off as more interested, it’s not absolutely necessary to think of questions on the fly just for the sake of it.

Sometimes, it’s better not to ask questions as not to waste the interviewer’s precious time.


7. Leave Good Energy Behind

Keep positive, no matter what happens, you will survive! If the interviewer feels your positive energy, they are more likely to want to establish a rapport with you.

Having positive energy and enthusiasm will increase your chances of getting the job because people like being around people with positive energy.

Remember, smiles are contagious, so if you keep smiling at people, they’re bound to reciprocate.


8. Do a Follow up

While it’s important not to force things, you don’t want the opportunity to pass you by. At the same time, you don’t want to come off as anxious because by doing so, you will not only end up looking desperate but you will also hurt your chances of negotiating a better salary or working conditions.

If you don’t receive any information by the end of the week, you can contact your potential employer by calling or emailing them. This is a good idea because it not only reminds them of you but also shows that you are still available and interested in the job.

Reminding yourself of them is also a good opportunity to clarify anything you missed or didn’t come off well during the interview.


Useful Vocabulary

Word or Phrase             Definition or Synonym
stumble over our words to speak in a stuttering confused manner
a negative vibe a bad feeling, aura, or atmosphere
tried and tested something proven in the past to be effective or reliable
qualification skill, competence
skillset a person’s range of skills or abilities
the right candidate for the job an ideal person to fill a certain position
ready for anything they throw at you to be prepared for whatever happens
do your homework research or learn more about something
the right thing to say the most appropriate thing to say at the time
job description a formal account of an employee’s responsibilities
go over review, look over
capable competent
overconfident brash, cocky
humility servility, meekness, passiveness
have your cake and eat it at the same time a proverb which means, you cannot have both sides , cannot keep and have something
a positive stance An optimistic attitude
calling the shots giving orders, delegating
lose points drop in favourability
slipping up to make a careless error
turning things around to cause a situation or organization to change in a positive direction
pulling your leg joking/teasing/making something up
putting a spin on the situation to interpret and event to make it seem favourable or beneficial to oneself
come out on top to finish in a more successful position
bite your tongue to make a desperate effort to avoid saying something
right off the bat from the beginning
go with the flow to be relaxed and accept a situation, rather than trying to alter or control it
on the fly while in motion or progress
rapport affinity, a close relationship
enthusiasm keenness, fervour, zeal, excitement
contagious infectious, transferable, sreadable
reciprocate to respond to a gesture or action by making a corresponding one
end up to finally be in a particular place or situation


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