Author Andrew Grant once said: “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”
A job interview is your first chance to impress your hiring manager and get onto the path to your dream job. In today’s world of cut-throat competition, having a good knowledge base and the right skill set for the role are definitely important. But, it is equally critical to possess an attitude that will help you to impress the panel and crack the interview. How you project the information you possess and package yourself become the differentiating factors.
Experts feel that having a professional attitude during an interview is an instant plus because the hiring manager, in her very first impression, thinks of you are someone who is capable of doing the job being assigned to you. The way you enter the room and sit down, shake hands, smile and introduce yourself to the those seated across the table are all components of professionalism.
Watch your body language. Hiring managers reveal that one of the easiest ways to distinguish a college graduate from a seasoned job aspirant is her body language, as students are a lot more “relaxed” about how they present themselves, even formally. Be sure not to fidget, mumble or play with your pen or folder while the interview is on. One must stand tall, sit straight and not slouch. Professionalism should begin from the time you enter, not just in the interview room. Treat everyone, starting from the receptionist, with respect.
While the interview is going on, speak clearly and with confidence, maintain eye contact with the person asking the question and modulate your voice to stress on the important points. Answer confidently, but there is a thin line between confidence and arrogance. Be sure to be mindful of this. Choose your words carefully. Polite language and poise are indicators of your ability to communicate professionally.