Hey guys, I know why you are here again! You have an interview scheduled, your anxiety is kicking in & you just wanna know what you should do to impress your interviewers or hiring managers. Well, you have come to the right place. 

I myself have found that I can easily crack a written or an online exam but when it comes to an interview (F2F or virtual, in case of pandemic), I gave my best in the interviews but still got rejected. Sometimes, I think, why does this happen?

In an interview, you have to face your employer and his/her questions directly. For this, you must be confident & have excellent communication skills along with knowledge of what to say and what not to say, so that the interviewer finds you the right fit for the job. For this, one must master the art of giving interviews and impressing the interviewer with their charm & positive approach to bag the job they have applied for.

“First impression is the last impression!”    

You might have heard people quote this a lot of times. To be honest, it really is true during a job interview, it can make the difference between getting a follow-up interview and even getting passed by for the job. The way you speak, dress and act can have significant effects on the interviewer’s impression of you. 

It’s important to understand how to impress your interviewer because they only have a short amount of time to form an opinion about you. Your first impression—the 20 or 30 seconds at the beginning of the interview when you walk into the room, greet the hiring manager and sit down—is especially crucial. You cannot redo a first impression. It establishes the tone and direction of the rest of the conversation and can influence the result of the interview.

“Be Confident, not over confident!”

The least effective way to impress an interviewer is to share your own high opinion of yourself. Confidence is good, but when it slips into boasting, the hiring manager will simply think, “Eh, maybe. I’ll be the judge of that.” And most hiring managers will find it off-putting.

“Be passionate & tell stories to explain your answers to their questions.”

The plain fact is that in an interview, the hiring manager rarely believes anything you say about yourself, but they do believe the conclusions they form about you. So your goal in an interview should be to give them the evidence they need to reach the right conclusion—namely, that you are awesome.

To impress an interviewer, your best bet is to share facts and concrete examples without any embellishment. Your opinions of yourself actively get in the way of building trust. When you say, “I’m a hard-working self-starter,” they will not believe a word of it. But when you share a few brief vivid examples of times when you took initiative on tough projects, they will conclude you are a hard-working self-starter without you ever saying so.

Also, have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic when talking about yourself and your career. Show the interviewer that you are excited about the job through your tone and energy.

“Look Inquisitive: Ask questions to the interviewer & tell them why you want that job.”

Showing curiosity always pays off! So, you should ask questions regarding the position to the interviewer which displays your interest in the position. You usually have time to ask questions at the end of the interview. The interviewers may definitely end up with this statement- “Any questions for me?”

You can ask such questions-
1. What is the most challenging part of this job?
2. What skills are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
3. What would you expect from me?

Also, tell the interviewer you want to work for the company. This shows your confidence and enthusiasm for the position and leaves the interviewer with no doubt you badly want the job & are definitely interested in it.