You’ve received a call from a real person after applying for your first job, and you have an interview, congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare. All job seekers, no matter how qualified or smart, have to prepare for every interview, and nobody gets a second chance to make a great first impression. The following eight tips will show you how to convince the recruiter or manager that you are perfect for the job. 

1. It’s About Your Posture etc.

If you can demonstrate via the non-verbal communication signals that you are confident by making eye contact, standing up straight with no shoulder hunching and you have a firm, but not a crushing handshake it says a lot about you. These first impressions can either take you to the next step or end your interview almost before it’s begun. 

2. It’s Also About What You Wear

Going for your first interview is not like going to a show, the gym, or the beach or even shopping. You need to be well-groomed and know what to wear to an interview, so the first step is to find out what the company’s dress code allows, whether you wear a suit and tie, a business dress or something a little more casual. It also depends on the job you are being interviewed to fill.


3. You Have to Listen

You’ll miss a big opportunity if you don’t listen right throughout your interview. The person interviewing you will give you information, whether that’s indirectly or directly, and if you don’t hear it or notice the body language, it could mean you don’t get the job. You need to practice good skills in communicating which will signal to the interviewer that you have heard what they said. So be present, watch and listen to everything.

4. Don’t Talk Too Much or Too Little

Interviewers don’t want to hear anything they don’t need to know, and doing so could be a big mistake. Try not to ramble when you answer a question because this shows you haven’t prepared for the interview and you’re just trying to take up time and sound knowledgeable which could mean you’ve talked your way out of the role. Before the interview, you should read the job description carefully and make sure your skills match the requirements of the job, and so your answers or questions should relate to that and only that.

5. You Can’t Be Too Familiar

An interview isn’t a friendly chat or what you’d talk about over a coffee. It’s a meeting of professionals who want to talk business. You aren’t making new friends, so don’t act as if you are. The level of familiarity should be the same as professionals doing business. Your response should be similar to the interviewer’s bearing. While you have to bring enthusiasm and energy to the table, don’t go overboard, just be a candidate looking for a job. 

6. You Must Use Appropriate Language

Don’t use slang words and understand the appropriate language for the profession. Don’t use slang or talk about ethnicity, age, sexual preference, politics, or religion – any of these could see the interview cut short and you sent packing. 


7. You Shouldn’t Be Too Cocky or Desperate

Consider the three C’s for your interview – calm, cool, confident. Attitude is a significant part of being successful in landing a job, but there’s a difference between being confident and professional and being modest. Overconfidence is worse than being overly modest. Also, don’t have a ‘please hire me, I’m desperate’ vibe because it is very off-putting and makes you seem not at all confident.

8 Answer Every Question/Ask Questions

If you are asked to tell the interviewer about something you have done, the question is about your behaviour. If you can’t give an example, you will miss a chance to talk about your skills and abilities as well as not answering the question. If you are asked if you have any questions of the interviewer, you should have a question ready since it will help you decide if the company is right for you. You can formulate questions to ask based on the ones you have to answer, just ask for more information about that topic or one that you really do want the interviewer to elaborate. 


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Author’s Bio 

Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for iChoose New Zealand