By: Brian Harkavy | Director, Executive Search
Those long hours spent surveying countless job listings and polishing your resume have finally paid off — you’ve landed an interview. Not so fast. Hiring managers and recruiters endure just as tedious a process as job seekers when trying to fill a position, and it’s your responsibility to make their efforts count.
These five interview habits may seem insignificant, but can make all the difference in leaving a lasting, positive impression on your potential future employer — and helping to secure the role.
1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
A key aspect of preparing for an interview begins with your closet. Wearing comfortable, yet professional attire not only impacts how a hiring manager perceives you, but is scientifically proven to boost your self-image, too.
2. BE ON TIME
Time is valuable, and it’s important to show employers that you’re respectful of theirs. Being punctual is one of the first things hiring managers take note of, and helps direct the tone of the interview.
3. CONFIDENCE MATTERS
As far as successful interview habits go, this is one you should fake until you become it. Don’t let nerves keep you from putting your best foot — or hand — forward with a firm greeting and self-assured smile.
4. STAY MINDFUL OF YOUR BODY LANGUAGE
It’s challenging to reverse years of developed bad habits and mannerisms, but beware: the moment you walk into a job interview, you’re being judged. The employer is dissecting every fidget, slouch and nonverbal cue during the exchange, so it’s important to stay mindful of exhibiting an upbeat, poised demeanor at all times.
5. ANSWER IN THE AFFIRMATIVE
You may not be able to prepare for every curveball question an interviewer throws your way. You can, however, control how you answer. Pro tip: keep it positive. Frame your responses in a way that convey your assuredness in your ability to handle the position’s various responsibilities in a clear, confident manner. And, most importantly, possibly sway the employer’s final decision in your favor.
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