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In a tight job market, making a good impression at your interview is more essential than ever. The staffing experts at Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offer the following tips for making sure you shine at your next interview.
1. Look like a professional. When you dress for a job interview, pay attention to little details. Wear business attire and make sure your clothing is neatly pressed and lint free. Polish scuff marks out of shoes. Your hair and makeup (if you are a woman) should be business appropriate, with hair neatly combed and makeup minimal and natural. Make sure your nails are neatly trimmed and shaped as well.
2. First impressions are important. Enter the room confidently if the interviewer is already there waiting for you, or stand when the interviewer enters the room. Make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Wait until you are invited to do so before sitting.
Alpha Rae Personnel: Interviewing Etiquette, Part 2
Practice shaking hands, as interviews almost always involve a handshake. Wait for the interviewer to extend a hand, and then respond with a firm handshake. Avoid limp or bone-crushing handshakes, which are bound to present a negative impression. If your hands tend to sweat when you’re nervous, carry a tissue.
Be aware of your body language. Although nervousness is normal, it’s important not to look like you’re angry or being interrogated. Don’t fold your arms or cross your legs. Make eye contact and smile, but don’t present an artificial, forced smile. Don’t fidget or tap your toes or fingers. Sit up straight.
Answer the interviewer’s questions clearly and concisely. Don’t limit yourself to one-syllable answers, but don’t ramble. If you don’t understand something, ask politely for clarification. Prepare your own questions in advance. Think carefully about the questions you want to ask, and be careful about asking too many questions about pay, benefits, and vacation.
Thank the interviewer sincerely. Follow up with a handwritten thank you note, and politely reiterate your interest in the job. Don’t resort to email; a handwritten note is more professional.
A full-service staffing company, Alpha Rae Personnel places candidates in fields such as finance and accounting, office administration, information technology, sales and marketing, health care, and engineering. Alpha Rae helps job seekers put their best foot forward by providing professional assistance such as resume writing and career coaching.