Here are five ways to impress at your first job interview | FactDrive

A first interview is terrifying for everyone, and rightfully so. You may not have much experience with interviews because of your lack of prior exposure to them.


So, what can you do to boost your chances of landing the job?


For interviews, there is, in fact, a single cardinal rule...


To paraphrase, get ready!


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Approximately one-third of all managers say they can tell within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they will hire a candidate. - Careerist


It is easy for interviewers to dismiss candidates who haven't done their homework before a meeting.


So, how do you show that you are indeed ready? If you want to impress on your first interview, read on.


A) Make sure your queries are understood by the interviewer.


First-time interviewees sometimes struggle because they don't feel comfortable asking questions when they don't grasp something. This might lead to offering a response that doesn’t fully address the question and leaves the interviewer hanging.


Never be afraid to ask for clarification from the interviewer if you are confused by a question. The interviewer will learn more about you if you answer their questions, but only if you get their meaning. Many interview questions contain more than one correct answer, so don't be afraid to ask for clarification.


B) Show, don’t tell.


During an interview, it’s not enough to merely declare that you’re a team player or strong at time management. It's easy to brag about one's abilities in some areas. Instead, provide the interviewer with actual instances and achievements that indicate you’re perfect for the position rather than tell. See how to determine your specific skills and promote them favourably in an interview here.


For instance, instead of saying, “I am a team player”, consider telling the interviewer about a former event where you led a collaborative effort to success. Saying, “I worked as a team lead at my last job and was able to boost productivity rates by 20 per cent in my time there” sounds great and tells the interviewer you were able to bring about excellent outcomes. If you have minimal employment experience, utilise examples from voluntary work or school.


C) Find out what your business need.


When a job opens up, it’s because the organisation is suffering a shortage of something and wants to satisfy that need. It’s up to you to figure out what that need is and then position yourself as the ideal person to satisfy it.


Common ways to achieve this include:


Analyzing the wording of the job advertising

Investigating any recent or planned organisational shifts

Interrogating the Interviewer

Once you know what the firm is looking for, you can take stock of your own talents and abilities and work out how they may assist the organisation.


D) Prepare your own questions.


An interview is akin to a discussion. The interviewer is there to find out whether you’re a good match for the firm, and you’re there to find out if the company is a good fit for you. The interviewer will get suspicious if you don't ask any questions of your own.


There are certain standard questions that should be asked in practically every interview to help you become ready. Examples of these are:


Is it so that you may add a new skill set to your team?


When asked, "What do you envision for your division in five years?"


Just what does it take to be successful in this role? In their first three months on the job, what do you want this individual to accomplish?


Be sure that this is a position in which you can thrive and find fulfilment. If you go into an interview without any inquiries and are ready to begin at a moment's notice, you can give off a desperate impression and lose the job.




E) Tell the truth.


Professional interviewers have the ability to detect dishonesty. It’s crucial to be as honest and sincere as possible during an interview so the interviewer can get a decent impression of whether or not you’ll be a good match for the organisation.


Don't freak out if the interviewer presses you for details about your previous employer, for example. To answer honestly while keeping the specifics of the case to yourself, consider the following. Professionally, it is acceptable to say something like, "I felt we were headed in opposite ways" or "There was no space for progress."


Interview Don’ts


Just as crucial as understanding what to do in an interview is knowing what not to do. There is various interview faux pas throughout the onboarding process, and it’s vital to know what they are and avoid them. Take a peek at our interview don’ts below:


Stop trying to negotiate a higher salary. Asking about your wage before being offered employment is often regarded as unprofessional and can lose you the job.

Don't... be late. Coming in late for an interview sends the message that you aren't reliable and don't value the position you're applying for. Show there ten to fifteen minutes early, instead.


Do not... suggest a raise in pay. Asking how long it will be before you are promoted is a definite method to get you rejected, but asking if the organisation offers prospects for professional progress is fair game.


Don’t … talk negatively about previous employers or co-workers. If you don't have anything nice to say, it's best to keep the conversation short and professional.


It's not a good idea to... consume anything other than water during the interview. You don't have a job there, and even if the interviewer has been drinking, he still does. Maintain an air of decorum.


Don't... settle for quick responses. Don't tell the interviewer your entire life narrative, but do provide some background information. Anecdotes, proof, and examples from your own experience will go a long way toward helping you land the position.

It will become easier, so don't worry!


In spite of the fact that going on your first interview may feel like an insurmountable task, be assured that it will get easier with practice. Following these five steps and spending some time preparing responses will put you in a great position to succeed in your first interview.


Practice, practise, practise is the key to succeeding in your interview.

The key to success is repetition. Most people either do mock interviews with a friend or colleague or use a list of questions to prepare for the real thing. While these choices provide a solid foundation, they may not be adequate.


In-Person Mock Interviews and Question Banks for Practice

Setting up simulated job interviews is a great method to prepare for the real thing. They are sometimes an annoyance, but that's just life. If you want to rehearse for an interview, you'll need to locate someone to act as your "interviewer" and set up a time to do so.


Interview preparation question lists are a time-saving tool. Unfortunately, they don't do a good enough job of simulating the stress of a genuine interview. The uncertainty of the questions answered in a genuine interview is a major source of anxiety for many people.


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