How to Make a Good Impression at a Job Interview

After several days of waiting, you have learned that a potential employer is inviting you for an interview. This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and hope you could connect with the interview in order to cinch the job.

Creating a good impression and rapport towards your interviewer is more than just dressing sharply, wearing polished shoes, or being polite. It actually starts from the moment you step into the office.

Here are some suggestions on how you would be able to "click" with the job interviewer.

Create positive emotional connections – It helps if your personalities click and share interests like soccer or casual dining, or if you came from the same university. Having something in common with your interviewer could help. However, if you feel that you and your recruiter are at both ends of the pole try not to push too hard into liking his or her interests. That is, as long as you understand and appreciate what the interviewer is saying like his or her goals, concerns, position, expectations, and needs.

Listen actively – Don’t just be a receiver, create a conversation with the interviewer. However, this does not mean you need to ask about your recruiter’s childhood or embarrassing moments. You are not in the interview to become a confidant, but rather become an attentive and engaged interviewee.

Use empathetic body language – How you use your words and show your behavior would affect how you establish a connection with the recruiter. You need to show your confidence, trust, openness, attentiveness, and eagerness. This includes how you shake your hands, how you sit, how you establish eye contact, and even hand movement.

Ask well-placed and clarifying questions – If you do not grasp what the interviewer said at first, it wouldn’t hurt if you clarify it. This signals the potential employer that you are invested in what he or she is saying. However, try not to seek clarification that would disrupt your interviewer’s communication like "could you repeat that?". Remember, you still need to listen and use the information you have gathered to clarify some issues.

Ask open-ended questions – This allows the recruiter to respond as he or she desires, and at the same time demonstrates that you are open to what the interviewer says. This subtly steers the interview in a way that you are beginning to learn the things you wish about the company and your intended occupation.

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