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Job Interviews: The Importance of Leaving a Lasting Impression
And the Top 5 Ways to Leave a Great One
When meeting with a prospective employer, first impressions count – but so does your ‘lasting impression’. Your lasting impression is determined by how you portray yourself overall and your understanding of the company during the interview.
The key to securing an executive position through an interview, especially when the competition is fierce, is to make your interview stand out from the other applicants and giving the interviewer(s) a ‘lasting impression’ to remember you by.
Here’s the top 5 ways you can make a great lasting impression at your next interview:
Approach your job interview as you would any corporate presentation and do your research!
Find out as much about the company and its brand as possible and create a list of all the ways in which you can directly align your skills to benefit that specific company.
2: Create Conversation
There’s nothing more awkward and unsettling than silence in a room. Have a few questions lined up specific to the company to keep the conversation flowing. More often than not, when winding an interview up, you will be asked if you have any questions about the role or the company. Try to find a different angle with your questions while keeping them professional and on topic. If possible, have a ‘social’ question up your sleeve that proves you are taking a keen interest in the company and being a part of the team.
For example: “I noticed on your social media that you had a corporate golf day last month, is the company involved a lot of those type of events? I’m happy to help out with team events.”
3:. Feature Story
Have one or two personal stories that you can tie into answers or have examples of how you have utilised your skills in the past. By giving the interviewer something about your personal life it not only shows a good work-life balance but implies that you are entrusting them on a different level which can instill a more loyal connection. Ensure the story has a positive spin, the point is relevant and it showcases a strength in your character.
It may seem trivial, but a lot can be said for making a statement with your wardrobe as it can assist in making you and your interview more memorable. You don’t need to go overboard, keep it tasteful and professional, but something as simple as a unique tie, cufflinks or a statement jewelry piece can be a great way for people to remember you. Additionally, your unique wardrobe piece could even be a conversation starter / ice-breaker for the interviewer.
If you are applying for a position that requires you to be in charge of a department or on any executive level, the company will be looking for someone who can handle difficult and stressful situations and who will not be a complainer. Refrain from any bad-mouthing of other companies or individuals, even their competitors, and if giving an example of overcoming a difficult situation, remain diplomatic as opposed to finger pointing. Most importantly, always end it on a positive note.