Although a first interview is often the most intimidating, the following advice can help you create a great first impression on your interviewer by not appearing too inexperienced.
- Dress appropriately – In your interview the goal is to impress upon your interviewer that you are a professional. The important thing to focus on is being well-groomed, neat, clean and wearing conservative clothing and jewelry.
- Non-verbal communication is crucial – About 50 percent of communication is non-verbal. This means having good posture, maintaining eye contact and having a firm (not bone crushing) handshake.
- Be attentive to your interviewer – This is exemplified by your body posture and will help you appear more professional. Be conscious of what your interviewer is saying and asking you.
- There are certain topics you should avoid – Never talk about salary or benefits on the first interview, this should only be broached by your employer. Avoid talking negatively about past employers or organizations. Find something positive about the experience that helped you become a better, more employable person and talk about that.
- Be prepared – Research the employer so you know what you are getting into and can ask questions about the company when speaking with the recruiter.
- Be polite – Be sure to always say, “Please” and “thank you” when appropriate. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you.
- Write a thank you – Don’t forget to send a thank you note or e-mail to your interviewer within 24 hours of the interview. This will remind them of who you are and take you seriously as a candidate for the job.