Why and How to Make a Great First Impression During Your Interview

Some people believe that the job interview is about how much experience they have. Some believe that the interview is about the specific skills they have. Some even believe that it’s about how smart they are.

All of those people are wrong.

What’s most important is how much of a fit you are for the position. That’s why you must have the proper mindset before the interview even begins.

That means focusing on HOW you are the best fit.

There are three main parts to illustrating that you’re a good fit for the position. They involving showing:

  1. That you have a desire to carry out the duties of the job

  2. That you have the ability to carry out the duties of the job

  3. That you would be a good addition to the company culture and be able to work well within it

All of these things speak directly to something we’ve discussed before in our blog and our newsletter: value. Employers are seeking candidates who offer the most value, specifically in the three areas outlined above. That’s because the candidate who offers the most value is often the one that’s considered the best fit.

Below are four tips for making a great first impression during your interview:

#1—Keep your introduction brief.

This is where preparation is crucial. You should know what you’re going to say and in what order you’re going to say it. You don’t have to include everything about your background, education, and experience—just those things that help show you’re a good match.

#2—Strike a positive tone.

You want those conducting the interview to associate you with a positive attitude, and by extension, a positive experience. People who provide positive experiences for others are more likely to be considered a fit for any position.

#3—Make engagement a priority.

Shake the interviewer’s hand firmly. Look them squarely in the eye. Smile as much as you can, but make it genuine. The goal is not only to catch the hiring manager’s attention, but also to hold it, so follow this up with engaging dialogue. If this is not your strong suit, then practice! It’s important.

#4—Focus on the fit.

No matter what questions you’re asked, always answer them with fit in mind. Your answers must illustrate the value that you offer and how you’re a great fit for the position. Draw from whatever you need—skills, experience, or education—to make that happen.

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