Regardless of how well your qualifications match the position you’re applying for, it’s important to prepare yourself before heading into a job interview. It is vital to make a positive first impression on the interviewer, as his or her initial perception will set the tone for the entire interview. Having pre-interview jitters? Don’t worry, the SLE team has broken down three simple tips to help you shine at your next job interview.

  1. Watch Your Body Language

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You may have heard your mom (or teacher) say that the first five seconds of an interview are the most important. While that’s up for debatabe, it’s safe to say that beginning your interview with a firm handshake and a confident smile is a step toward crafting a positive first impression. You might not realize it, but the manner in which you carry yourself can speak as loudly as your voice. Slouching in your seat and staring at the floor may show a lack of confidence and could cause the interviewer to question your eligibilty for the position. Demonstrate confidence by showing good posture and making eye contact with the interviewer. Carrying yourself with poise and confidence will go a long way toward achieving a positive first impression.

2. Listen and Respond Accordingly

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Although talking about yourself and your qualifications is an integral part of any job interview, listening to your interviewer is equally important. During an interview, a would-be employer provides information about the position and/or company whether directly or indirectly. It’s important to pay close attention to everything he or she says and to respond thoughtfully. By doing so, you are showing strong communication skills. Let the interviewer know that you value what he or she has to say. Employers want to work with people who are good listeners. Don’t miss a golden opportunity to show an interviewer that skill.

3. Ask Questions

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The interviewer isn’t the only one who should be asking questions during a job interview. Asking questions is important to show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in learning about the company and how it functions. Asking questions can also help you decide if you’re applying for the right position, or if the organization is a good fit for you. Listen to what an employer says during an interview, and build your questions around the information he or she imparts. Don’t be afraid to interview the interviewer, so long as your questions are thoughtful, relevant and respectful.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s #TipTuesday! Check back next week for another round of quick tips.