Interview Best Impression

5 Tips For Making The Best Impression In An Interview


An interview is not only meant to assess your skills, but also to assess your personality. Therefore, before you go for any job interview, it’s very advisable that you prepare adequately. Whether you are going to be considered for the job or not is determined by the kind of impression you create on the interviewers.

How To Make A Good Impression In An Interview

One thing which all successful individuals have is the ability to make a good impression: whether you are the Bob Finch of the oil industry or the Philip Green of retail, it’s essential that you have the skills to make yourself memorable. The following smart tips are meant to guide you on how to create a good and admirable impression in an interview:

1. Dress Decently

The type of dress or clothes you put on says so much about you. The first judgment that interviewers make is basically based on your dress code. Do not dress in casual or dirty clothes. Instead, look for official clothes and make sure that you are groomed properly. By doing this, you will definitely stun the interviewers and they will have to think so hard before saying no to you.

2. Arrive On Time

One of the most important factors to take into consideration whenever you are invited for an interview is time. It’s very advisable for you to arrive for the interview at least 20 minutes earlier before the scheduled time. This will give you enough time to organize and recollect yourself well. Being punctual for the interview will also show the interviewers how serious and reliable you are for the job.

3. Be Confident

Self-confidence is also one of the most determining factors in an interview. No one wants to recruit a timid or uncertain person for a serious job. During the interviewing process, just be yourself and provide relevant answers to the questions being asked. Maintain eye contact and stand straight while talking to your interviewers.

Whenever you are asked a question, give a correct answer. If you are not sure about it, be honest and say that you do not know instead of fumbling. However, you should be very careful not to be overconfident. Do not go inside with chewing gum in your mouth or with your hands inside your pockets.

4. Ask Smart Questions

In most cases, you can will given a chance to ask the interviewers a few questions at the end of the interview. Given a chance, ask intelligent and relevant questions that can show your deep interest in the company or organization. Some of the best questions that you can ask include the following:

  • How does the organisation show that it values its workers or employees?
  • What do you expect me to do in order to help your company achieve its goals?
  • What are the challenges that I might face in the job if hired?

Be careful not to ask questions related to payments or benefits as this might show how greedy or money-hungry you are.

5. Show Appreciation

Before you leave after the interviewing process, do not forget to thank your interviewers. You can show courtesy by giving them a firm handshake and saying kind words such as “Thank you,” “I am much obliged,” or “I would be glad to hear from you again.”

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  1. Nice article. The tips are great. One of the thing an interviewee should keep in mind that he must not get nervous during the interview as it sometimes shows that you are not much confident enough. So be pretty confident and give your best.

  2. Michael Christman

    This article states very basic information that should be apparent to everyone who has ever prepared for a job interview, but at times people can make simple mistakes. With that being said…not sure you can take this article seriously when the person giving the advice has serious grammatical errors contained within the message.

  3. Roberto Vasconcellos

    All these tips are really the essences. But I wonder at the beginning of the interview, as we break our inertia and the nervousness and start talking with aplomb. I have attended interviews, where the initial questions had to talk about our professional experience. thank you

  4. These are all great tips for how to impress in your interview. Whether you’re meeting your interviewer in person or through online video, it’s important to put in the extra effort to make sure you leave a positive impression. Dressing well and being on time is just as important if your interview is through online video as it is in person. Just like an in-person meeting, everything you do will reflect on your skills and your ability to excel in the company.

  5. Is this supposed to be a serious article? It’s pretty evident that it was written by someone whose first language is not English, but even with ignoring the obvious grammer, spelling and syntax errors, the article is basically an insult to anyone who has ever gone to even one interview in their life. Maybe it’s directed towards teenagers?

    I’m very disappointed in Careerealism for posting this. I’ve come to expect high quality posts from Careerealism–not poorly written schlock which states the obvious, such as “don’t wear dirty clothes or put the chewing gum in the mouth.” Really???

    • Maggie, are you so surprised that such basic interview niceties need to be stated in an article such as this? This is basic stuff, yes, but if you google some of the worst mistakes made in the interviewing process, you will discover that these are problems, however obvious, that need to be addressed. I have done some job search techniques with adult learners and some of these folks are clueless as to what is required when being interviewed.

      • Edwin,

        I guess what surprises me is that such a basic article appears on a web site such as CAREEREALISM, where I think it can be assumed most people have had at least one job–therefore the motto that “every job is temporary.” I don’t know how anyone could have gotten a job if they didn’t know such basic “techniques.” I mean, really, “Whenever you are asked a question, give a correct answer.” What other kind of answer are you going to give? Also, “No one wants to recruit a timid or uncertain person for a serious job.” Unless you’re applying for a job as a clown, I would say that all jobs are “serious” jobs. Perhaps the article could serve better if presented as “Interview tips for the new job hunter.” Otherwise, this article is a complete waste of time for anyone who’s ever been on a job interview.

        • Maggie, regarding “Whenever you are asked a question, give a correct answer,” based on your comments it seems to me that you might be surprised at how often people ‘guess’ or make up answers in an attempt to fake their way through not knowing an answer to a question. Job applicants (and employees) should be aware that it is OK to not know all the answers, and potentially problematic to pretend to know and not back up supposition with validating research. I thought it was very appropriate for the author to recommend being honest and admitting not knowing rather than making up an answer. One very quick way for a job applicant to be rejected by me is to guess at an answer. If this type of behavior moves beyond the interview into the workplace, it can prove to be a recipe for disaster.

    • Perhaps it is directed to the up and coming workforce. I am a recruiter and the new work force lacks much of the professionalism that we may believe to be “common sense”.

    • As a Career Coach/ Advisor, I was very impressed with the article for the same reasons you are upset by it. I have had students come to interviews and career fairs technically correct, but the suit was dirty or ill fitting. While we tell students to arrive at least 10 minutes early, because many employers get upset if you are TOO early, we also tell them to LEAVE home at least an hour early to be sure they find the location and arrive in plenty of time not to have to sweat it! For some, you cannot be too basic!

  6. Tip #6: Make sure that your thank you note spells their name correctly and your grammar is correct. Otherwise, you will wirte “…give the correct answer and OF your are not sure…” as is done in tip 3. It should be “IF you are not sure…”
    Is this attention to detail or what?

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