Finding a great new job is a multifaceted process. Chances are, polishing your resume was one of the first things you did to kick off your search. This is smart, as your resume is your ticket to a job interview — but that alone won’t get you hired.
If you want to be the last candidate standing, you have to pull out all stops during the interview. Here are a few tips to help you present your very best self.
4 Ways to Impress a Hiring Manager
Be Cognizant of Your Body Language
What you don’t say can actually resonate louder than words themselves. Extending a firm handshake and sitting up straight displays confidence. Additionally, making eye contact with the hiring manager and nodding your head while they’re speaking shows you’re engaged in the conversation.
Avoid negative body language — e.g., crossing your arms over your chest and slouching — as you’ll give the impression you’re not really interested in the job.
Sharpen Your Public Speaking Skills
Some interviews are conducted panel style, where you’re screened by several people at once. This can rattle the nerves of even the most confident candidates, so practice your public speaking skills — e.g., attend a Toastmasters meeting. Feeling comfortable speaking in front of an audience can help you maintain your cool in the hot seat.
Practice Critical Thinking
One of the most stressful parts of a job interview is not knowing what questions you’ll be asked. Thinking on your feet can be tough — especially when a job you really want is on the line. Improve your critical thinking by holding at least one mock interview before the big day. Have a family member or friend interview you, with questions of their choosing. This will help you prepare to think quickly.
Show Respect to Everyone You Meet
You might think your interview starts when the hiring manager comes to greet you in the waiting room, but that isn’t the case. All eyes are on you from the moment you walk into the building, so be on your best behavior. Be courteous to everyone you come in contact with — security officer at the front desk, receptionist, intern — because it’s both the right thing to do and any rude behavior will get back to the hiring manager.
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