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How to make a good impression when interviewing for your first role

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Going for an interview can be nerve-wracking, especially when you have very little experience or are trying to secure your first role.

Here are some tips that will help you make a good impression with your interviewer:

1. Passion

Always show passion about the role you going for. Ensure you are familiar with the role you are applying for and always let your passion and enthusiasm show when answering questions. This attitude will demonstrate your interest in the role you have applied for which will leave a good impression with your potential employer.

2. Positive and professional attitude

Always take a relaxed, professional and optimistic attitude into the interview with you. Sit up straight and don’t slouch when in your meeting. Another thing that goes a long way is a firm handshake. Always start your meeting with a good handshake and eye contact as it builds a sense of trust and will set the tone for the rest of the meeting. A firm handshake shows character, confidence and good personable and social traits.

3. Confidence

I know this is easier said than done but be confident in your own abilities and CV. Don’t pretend to know something you don’t – be honest and transparent with your potential employer as they will see through any lies. For entry level roles they are not expecting you to have a great amount of experience. Most likely the employer will be looking for someone amiable, hardworking and capable of learning the role. When you show a natural confidence, the interviewer develops a trust in your abilities and this will leave a good impression with them.

4. Look presentable

When going for an interview remember to dress smartly, even if the organisation has a casual dress code. For women, you could wear a smart dress, a trouser/skirt suit or a smart skirt and blouse. Keep the colours quite dark, for example, a navy or black suit/skirt with a neutral blouse/shirt colour. For men, I would recommend a darker coloured suit with a tie. Some other things to consider:

  • Ensure your suit or dress is washed and ironed

  • Polished smart shoes

  • No bright nail colours

  • Hair arranged in a neat way

  • Avoid spraying perfume or aftershave

  • Wear little jewellery

  • Ensure your makeup is minimal

All these simple tips will ensure you leave a good impression with your interviewer. They will remember you positively once you have left which means you are one step closer to securing the position!

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