Clothes, attitude and confidence can definitely affect your chances of succeeding or failing in an interview. It is true, yes, but there are so many other things that affect the impression you make on someone- especially if that someone is a hiring manager. While these may not be as obvious, they have the potential to cost you.
With this in mind, here are 3 factors you should always consider before going to an interview that will help you make a lasting impression.
Timing, Timing, Timing
The hiring manager is human, as hard as it may be to believe. As the day goes on, they get tired and lose the enthusiasm mustered at the start of the day. This means that it can be pretty unfortunate for you if your interview is scheduled at the end of the day.
If you have the option, try to ensure that your interview is at the start of the day as the interviewer will be more receptive at the start. However, if that is not possible, prepare short, engaging answers to questions so that your interviewer remains focused on you. In fact, if you play your cards right, you may even be the person the interviewer will remember after the day ends.
Again, your interviewer is a human. He will be less inclined to hire you if you appear emotionless and reserved. On the other hand, if you build a relationship with him and attempt to get along with him, that could be the key that opens the door to a new job. If possible, try to engage your interviewer on a personal level as well as a professional one- but don’t get too personal. Definitely don’t overshare.
Unfortunately, you cannot control this factor as you can’t really clear up your interviewer’s schedule. If your interviewer has a million things on his mind, he may not be as focused on you as you would want. In such a case, you need to prepare a list of points which can help quickly and efficiently convey why you are the best candidate for the job.
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