An interview is what has the potential to make or break your chances of getting the job of your dreams. As the saying goes, first impressions matter, and this is especially true when it comes to interviews of any kind. An interview is your one and only shot at making a good impression, expressing yourself well and the only chance you will have to interact with the interviewer. With this in mind it is of the greatest importance that you are properly prepared for your interview. Here are 5 tips on how to present yourself in an interview:
1. Wardrobe and Appearance:
The way you look is the first thing that the interviewer is going to see and many people make preconceived judgements based off of first appearances. It is important that you dress appropriately for the type of job or working environment that you are being interviewed for. Make sure that you wear good quality clothing that fits and suits your figure with appropriate clean shoes.
Besides appearances and the way you look; the way in which you present yourself and communicate is equally important. It is important that you speak in a well-refined manner; know your strengths and know your weaknesses. It is important that you communicate effectively so that you can properly express who you are, what your strengths and skills are and what you can bring to the table. You want to make sure that you are able to “sell yourself” well.
3. Body Language
Body language actually comprises the majority of our overall communication even if we don’t realise it. You will be able to give off a much better first impression if you are aware of your body language and do not make common mistakes such as slouching in your chair, fiddling with your keys, tapping your foot on the floor or giving off the impression that you are nervous or unsure of yourself. A lack of confidence easily shows through your body language.
One of the worst things you can do for an interview is to arrive late. Make sure that you arrive at least thirty minutes before for your interview start time.
5. Be Prepared
Always ensure that you are properly prepared for an interview. Research the role you are interviewing for as well as the business you are interviewing at. Ensure that you know exactly what you need to say and have knowledge fresh in your mind so that you can answer questions in an intelligent and informed way.