How to Make an Outstanding First Impression at Your Job Interview

Job Interview First ImpressionA job interview is both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time because you want to leave an outstanding first impression with the hiring manager.

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Dress for Success
    • Prep your outfit ahead of time
      • Iron everything!
      • If in doubt, change to another outfit
    • Make sure your attire matches the personality of the company you are interviewing with
    • Limit jewelry
    • Clean and polish shoes, briefcase and/or tote you will be carrying into the interview
  • Personal hygiene
    • Tidy up hair, eyebrows, mustache or beard
    • Don’t wear too much aftershave or perfume
  • Once you arrive – do a final check from head to toe
    • Get rid of any drinks, food or gum
    • Check your breath
    • Is everything buttoned & zipped?
    • Is there anything stuck in your teeth?
    • Is your hair in place and looking freshly trimmed or groomed?
    • Practice smiling – it can help put you at ease
    • Practice saying the interviewer’s name(s)
    • Mind your manners – many don’t!
    • Walk in with confidence, not with an air of entitlement!
  • Prep, Prep, Prep!
    • Practice answering possible interview questions in front of a mirror
      • Notice your posture, hand gestures, how many “um’s & ah’s you use
      • Your replies should sound relaxed, not robotic
    • Learn about the company you are interviewing with
    • If asked, “Do you have any questions?”
      • Don’t reply “Um, no, I am good!”
        • Ask a relevant question

With these tips, common sense and our help, the Richmond Hazelton Group will help you ace your interview and leave an outstanding first impression with the hiring manager.

The Richmond Hazelton Group is boutique, professional recruitment and search firm, focused on providing a cost-effective alternative to traditional search firms.

Let RHG help you gain the confidence you need to leave an outstanding first impression at your job interview.

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