Being invited to a job interview is only half the battle when it comes to getting hired. Nailing the interview is just as crucial as receiving the invitation. However, since you are not the only candidate competing for the position, standing out can be a challenge. So, how can you make a lasting impression? Here are some tips to get you started!
Prepare yourself and conduct research on the position, the company, and the hiring manager
This one may seem obvious, but is often overlooked. To get hired, you obviously need to have the competencies and, in most cases, some experience for the job, so knowledge about the position and job requirements should not pose a problem. However, to get a head start, you can conduct some research about the company, such as its mission, recent achievements, and overall company culture. By commenting or asking questions about what you found, you can impress the hiring manager with your interest in the company. Finally, to complete your research, you can find the hiring manager on LinkedIn and send them a connection request, if they haven’t already done so.
Nonverbal communication can make the difference
Nonverbal signals can often provide more information about a person’s personality and character than verbal communication. For example, a job applicant who avoids eye contact and has a weak handshake may come across as insecure and lacking in confidence. A firm handshake, for instance, can indicate that you are self-assured and assertive, while a weak handshake may give an impression of uncertainty. Eye contact can demonstrate genuine interest in the conversation and respect for the interviewer, while the absence of eye contact can be perceived as disinterest or a lack of self-assurance. A confident body posture, such as sitting upright and having a relaxed yet attentive demeanor, can show that you are professional and taking the conversation seriously. Also make sure you dress appropriately, you don’t want to be the candidate showing up in jeans and a t-shirt while the hiring manager is wearing a three-piece suit…
Showcase your skills and experience in an enthusiastic way
During the interview, you likely discussed your skills and experience. However, it is also crucial to provide examples to support your claims. Simply stating that you are good at something is something anyone can do. Therefore, ensure that you can back up your statements with examples from your work experience, personal life, and accomplishments with previous employers. This will help paint a picture of your story and enable the hiring manager to empathize with you. It is essential to convey all of this with enthusiasm, expressing your appreciation for the company, conveying your impression of the organization, and emphasizing your eagerness to become a part of it.
Thank both the company and the hiring manager for taking the time and inviting you
After the interview, take the time to send a thank-you text or email to the interviewer. This is a great way to express your gratitude for the opportunity and to reiterate your interest in the position. Make sure to personalize the message by mentioning specific topics that were discussed during the interview and why you are so eager to get this job. This will demonstrate that you were attentive during the interview and that you are genuinely interested in the position. Don’t overdo it, you don’t want to come across as overly flattering. Thank them for their time, express your desire to start and why you are excited about the opportunity. End the message or email with the statement, “If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach me at this number.”
Don’t be too formal, we’re all human
Above all, the main objective is to engage in a professional discussion regarding the topic at hand and to leave a lasting impression. But it should also be an enjoyable conversation and not too static and boring. Feel free to make a joke or a witty – but appropriate – remark, self-deprecation often works well too. This way, a hiring manager will remember you because in addition to a professional conversation, you were also able to laugh together.
Concluding an interview with a strong impression is crucial for differentiating yourself from other candidates and improving your chances of being hired. By implementing these strategies, you can showcase your worth as a candidate, demonstrate your passion for the role, and address any concerns that may have surfaced during the interview. With some dedication and persistence, you can leave a favorable and lasting impression on the interviewer, thus boosting your prospects of securing the job of your dreams.
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