Unemployment is one of the biggest problems in our society right now. Companies are closing, and people are losing their jobs. If ever there is a job opening in a company, you will find yourself competing against other applicants just to get even an interview. However, an interview is really not an assurance that you will get the job. It is just another type of screening to narrow the list of applicants down. Nonetheless, an interview is your opportunity to show the employer that you have what they want in an employee.
If you want to create an impact during your interview, then here are three ways to make a good impression.
Create a Digital Presence
Your social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Tumblr are not just for interacting with people, but they can also be used to create a good digital presence. It is a good way to show people your interests, hobbies, and passions, and it is also a good way to build networks with people who have similar interests to yours.
Nowadays, aside from the CV you submit to them, most employers use the Internet to know more about potential employees. They take a look at the applicants’ social network accounts, and what they see on online can help the applicant or not. Let us say for example that you own a Twitter account and its setting is set to public, then all your tweets are made available for all to see, including future employers. If you post nothing but parties, complaints, or criticisms in your Twitter account, then what is the message you are getting across? On the other hand, if your Twitter account is professional and geared towards the niche industry you are applying for, then you are showing future employers that you are a professional and someone who will be very serious in his job if hired.
Be careful though on what you post online because there is always a good chance that prospective employers will see your social network accounts and ask you about it, so be prepared to have an answer.
Employers are impressed by an applicant who knows something about the company, so before you appear for the interview, read up on the company first. Know what the company is about, the services and products they are offering, their mission and vision, etc.
If you want to make an impression with your prospective employer, then be professional and act like one. Dress smartly, and see to it that your clothes are pressed. Smell nice; employers do not want to get of whiff of body odor or bad breath on applicants. Be courteous and nice; always answer their questions with a smile and in a very polite manner. Finally, never bring your personal views about religion and politics on the table, unless the interviewer directly asks you for disclosure.
Finally, be calm yet confident. You want to show them that you are enthusiastic about the interview and are confident you are what they need. At the same time, you do not want to appear too overconfident since it can be put-offing to some people.
Jennifer Dalenberg is a content provider for self-help blogs. She specializes in tips and advice to further one’s career. If you are looking for a summer job, she recommends visiting the website of Vantage Marketing.
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