Interviewers often make decisions about an applicant during the first few minutes and spend the interviewing time verifying their decision. Be ready to take advantage of that small amount of time to make a favorable impression. The following tips will help you create an all-around positive persona. Personal chemistry can be almost as important as job qualifications.How to make a good first impression
- Be ready: research the company, prepare questions, take work samples, have contact numbers handy for references—that you have already contacted and asked permission to use their names.
- Review your notes to boost your confidence
- Arrive early
- Take extra resumes
- Be friendly and polite
- Note how employees relate to one another, and how they dress
- Greet the interviewer with a FIRM handshake [even if the interviewer is a woman] and a smile. Thank them, by name, for their time and the opportunity to meet them at the end of the interview.
Why you should fill out the application
Even if the information requested on the application duplicates the data on your resume, complete the entire form. It often is an indication of how well you follow instructions. The consistency of information provided may be necessary for the final hiring records.
- Read through the application first. Determine what they are asking. Follow all directions explicitly. If the application states "print," do so.
- Never leave blanks or write "see resume." Be specific; use notes and refer to your resume to be consistent.
- Read disclaimers at the end of the application. They refer to references, employment requirements and other important information. Sign the application and be prepared to follow the rules indicated.
- Inconsistent or incomplete information can result in dismissal after hire.
How to decide what to wear
Plan ahead so you have time to iron, go to the drycleaners, or buy something new. Trying to decide what to wear at the last minute can prove disastrous and make you late for the interview—in which case, it won't matter how well turned out you are, you probably won't get the job.
It's acceptable to call the company and ask for information about its dress code. If you don't want to call, there are a few simple rules to follow: avoid "Casual Friday" styles; clothing, hairstyles and accessories must fit the company image and the job—conservatism is always in good taste; wear very little jewelry; avoid fragrances in case of allergies; women should wear only clear or light-colored nail polish. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure it's pressed—and shine your shoes. (Wear comfortable shoes in case you are offered a tour of the facility). Your image a sign of your credibility, and employers expect you to be at your best.