10 Steps to Make a Good Impression at a Job Interview

Written by Abdulganiyu Ibrahim

Abdulganiyu Ibraheem, popularly known among friends and family as BRAI, developed a passion for creating interesting content when he was in high school. Due to the love he has for creative content, he decided to run a BSc Degree in Mass Communication, at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He hopes to work as an advertising officer especially in a telecommunication company, writing their advert copy. Brai also is a pro at fashion designing, who sews both male and ladies' wear. He hopes to be the CEO of his fashion apparel.

July 29, 2021

Do you want to make a good impression at a job interview?  Simple steps to know are the basics of impressing your potential employers. 

And at a job interview, you need to make a good impression. Why? Because you need to nail the interview to get the job.

So, what are you going to look out for if you want to make a good impression at a job interview? 

We will be sharing with you 10 steps to make a good impression at a job interview.  

1. Conduct Research on the company 

A successful job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge you have of the company. So,  it is always advised to conduct research regarding the employer or the company. The more research you make, the more you will understand the company and be able to provide answers to some questions that would be asked. 

Why I said that was because,  an interviewer may choose to, or may decide to ask you some of the external problems the company is facing which you think is hindering it from moving more forward, is it the brand?  The price?  The quality? The quality? Etc., And how would you intend to fill the space when you are given the chance to. 

Having a good research knowledge about the company helps, And what needs to be put in place to move the company or the employer forward, you might not be opportune to know. 

Therefore, it is advisable to know more about the company or the employer before you present yourself for the interview. 

2. Plan Your Dressing

Plan out the kind of dress to wear at least a day to the interview. I suggest this because you might be thinking that the cloth is in good shape or good enough, however it may be of a surprise to you that there might be a certain flop in the clothes which might likely hinder your burst of glee. 

The flop may be in the form of a stain, wrinkles, tear, oversized, etc. Moreover, in a situation when the company does not have a dress code, you should wear business casual.  So remember it is better to be overdressed than to be underdressed.

3. Arrive On Time For The Interview 

First impressions matter because there may not be a second chance to redeem yourself. 

Most companies count the time you show up at the interview venue as part of the interview process. Therefore, you need to be very punctual to the venue, at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the interview. 

4. Enter With Full Confidence 

Wait a minute, if you truly want to make a good impression at a job interview,  before you enter the room you are going to be interviewed in, you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, relax and enter the room with full confidence. 

This is important because you need to be able to express yourself confidently, lest you might be forgetful about what you can do and help the company achieve.

Okay? Then you put on a big smile. Because when you enter the room, you can be confident that you wouldn’t only have the best smile that your interviewer has probably seen, but you will appear so much more confident. 

What else would you do to appear confident while entering to be interviewed? 

When you enter, the way you do could make a lot of difference, which means you need to realign your posture. Therefore, you need to keep your back straight; don’t slouch while walking. Because when you keep your head down, you would look like a nervous wreck and it would show underconfidence.

But you should want to enter confidently without showing your nervousness or underconfidence in any way. 

5. Extend Handshake Back And Maintain Eye Contact 

On approaching your potential interviewers, as the case may be, you need to extend back a handshake if they offered but maintain proper eye contact. Mind you, since you have succeeded in establishing that confidence, don’t spoil it by giving a weak or strong handshake. And also for no reason should you withdrawing your eyes contact with theirs. 

According to a psychological study, when you look the person in the face or maintain eye contact, it shows that you are hiding nothing. Furthermore, it shows that you are a person who is ready for feedback. 

6. Maintain Good Body Postures

This means you sit erect, you don’t slouch. You could practice this in front of a bathroom mirror in advance before the interview. 

Check out some guides to maintaining good posture.

7. Don’t Make Unnecessary Body Gestures

This is simply referring to your hands and legs’ movement. No unnecessary shaking of your hands and legs. Make sure to not clutch your hands or arms altogether. It would show you are either nervous, afraid, or not ready for the job. 

8. Matching Frequency 

This depends on how the interviewer interviews you. If he is enthusiastic, then you should as well match an enthusiastic tone in responding. But if he is more sobber, then you adopt little of the mode in responding to questions. In short, you should either be aping or mirroring.  

Moreso, matching the frequency could also be in the way the interview is sitting. 

9. Ask Relevant Questions After the interview 

Most employers are always looking up to an employee who has the best interest of the company at heart, no matter how hard they are to approach. They are always happy when employers ask what are the things they can do in other to move the company forward, or how to get it out of its hole. 

So at the end of the interview, you can as well toss some questions which would feed you more about the company and the things which could be done to improve them in one aspect or the other. 

10. Thank Your Interviewer

This is another most important interview tip most people forget about. At the end of the interview, don’t just dash out through the door without sparing few seconds in thanking your interviewer or to every member of the employer’s staff who interviewed you. 

Forgetting to do this simple act may speak volumes about your manner, and you do not want them doubting your communication skill and ability to have healthy work relationships with other team members.

Conclusion 

Remember, first impression matters. If you stick to these basics, certainly you would make a good first impression at your interview. So go ahead and make a good impression and don’t forget to comment on how it went. 

Remember to share this article with your friends, and you might also like to check out how you can nail down a job interview in 5 minutes.   

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