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Giving a first great impression on an interview

Giving a first great impression on an interview

In SeekBetter, we interview all our candidates. Nowadays, most of the interviews are conducted online, but we still have in-person meetings when possible. Either way, we expect the candidates to show they possess the necessary hard and soft skills to fill the vacancy.

Don’t get nervous; a good interview is like having a nice chat with a stranger and allows you to show more about who you are, your values, and what you are looking for in your next career move.

Here are some general tips that will help anyone going for an online or in-person interview:

  1. Dress appropriately: Choose professional attire suitable for the company’s dress code. It’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.
  2. Be punctual: Arrive on time or even a few minutes early. Being late can create a negative impression right from the start.
  3. Prepare and research: Thoroughly research the company, its values, and the position you are applying for. This will demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm during the interview.
  4. Be confident: share your positive attitude and maintain a good posture—project confidence through your body language, voice tone, and eye contact.
  5. Smile and be friendly: Greet the interviewer with a warm smile and a friendly tone. It helps create a welcoming and positive atmosphere.
  6. Introduce yourself effectively: Be prepared to give a concise and compelling introduction about yourself. Highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements briefly.
  7. Listen actively: Pay close attention to the interviewer’s questions and statements. Show genuine interest by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and responding appropriately.
  8. Communicate effectively: Speak clearly, confidently, and at a moderate pace. Avoid using excessive jargon or filler words. Be concise and focus on providing relevant information.
  9. Showcase your enthusiasm: Display genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity and the company. Highlight why you are interested in the position and what you can bring to the company.
  10. Ask thoughtful questions: Prepare a few insightful questions about the company, the role, or the team. It shows your interest and engagement in the conversation.
  11. Maintain professionalism: Be mindful of your behaviour and avoid controversial topics or negative comments about past experiences or employers.
  12. Express gratitude: End the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and consideration. Express your interest in the position and reiterate your enthusiasm.

And remember, if the interview is online, you need to make sure your laptop is fully charged, your camera and speakers are working correctly, and you have good light so your face can be fully visible.

Finally, if it doesn’t go like you want it, ask for feedback; our recruiters are always ready to help candidates. 

Best of luck! 🙂

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