Interviewing advice: First impressions still count

They say it only takes seven seconds to make a first impression. When your dream job is on the line, seven seconds may not seem like a big deal, but it could make or break your chances at obtaining that dream job. If you want to leave a great impression when meeting with a recruiter or potential employer, Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recommends following these six easy steps:

1. Be on time

Be considerate and professional by showing up on time. When you are not on time, it gives the impression that you believe you are more important than the other person. However, if you arrive more than ten minutes early, it is best to wait in outside until a few minutes before the interview to convey that your time is also valuable.

2. Dress to impress

Dressing for success matters more than you may realize. It shows others that you are taking this position seriously. Wearing your best suit is a safe choice. However, if the interviewers will be casually dressed, then business casual may also be appropriate. Always dress one notch above the position you are interviewing for.

3. Be professional, but be yourself

Recruiters want to know what is important to you not only in your career, but also in your personal life. This enables them to find an opportunity that fits your needs and lifestyle. However, it is important to remember that this is an interview, so leave the profanity and inappropriate stories at home. In an interview with a potential employer, Baker Tilly Search & Staffing suggests you follow the same guidance regardless of the language the interviewer uses. Highlight your best self and don’t miss an opportunity due to poor word choice.

4. Show a little excitement

Smile and lean forward, with your shoulders facing the interviewer. This demonstrates you are engaged in the conversation and are genuinely interested in what the other person is saying. Slouching, crossing your arms, turning your body away, or looking at the clock gives the impression that you are not interested.

5. Come prepared

It is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Bring a notebook or pad folio and something to write with so you can take notes about the position or interviewer. Bring extra copies of your resume, just in case the next round of interviews begins right away.

6. Do your homework

Take a few hours to research the company and the interviewer you will be meeting. Prepare questions to ask about the interviewer’s background and career as well as the company. Not doing this could be construed as a lack of interest in the company or position.

Remember that the interview is also an opportunity for you to gather information about the organization and people. Ask questions so you can get all the facts. The answers to these questions will help you determine if this truly is your dream job.

For more information on this topic, or to learn how Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recruiting specialists can help, contact our team.