Interview Impression That Makes You Different

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It is important to distinguish and "differentiate" yourself from other candidates during the first interview, with an impression so that the potential employer remembers you positively. This can determine whether the employer chooses to call you back.

Stand out by making a good Impression in your job interview, Tips

If you're wondering how to make a super impression during your first conversation, follow these tips:

Create a work portfolio

A work portfolio used to be something that was only necessary for certain professions, but that is no longer the case. A portfolio that can give concrete examples of your achievements will distinguish you more as a person.

Some examples you could include in your portfolio are:

  • Study overview (if you have recently graduated)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Report of a paper or research
  • Materials you have designed (flyers, brochures, posters, etc.)
  • Report of meetings
  • Statement of philosophy
  • Presentation of your work on PowerPoint
  • Printing of websites or blogs that you have created or edited
  • Licenses or Certifications
  • Awards or honors that you have received
  • Data sheets (if you helped organize events, raise funds, etc.)
  • Documents demonstrating your leadership experience.

Make sure the items in your portfolio are relevant

As you prepare for an interview, take the time to put together an organized, compelling portfolio that provides the employer with brief, concrete evidence of your achievements in school or work. A recently compiled portfolio contains mostly information from school and extracurricular activities, but if you have more work experience you can include even more relevant items in your portfolio.

Prepare yourself with frequently asked interview questions

Do not be completely put off by typical initial questions that come up during the first interview about, for example, your strengths and areas for improvement. Instead, consider questionnaires that contain many questions that potential employers ask and think about how you would answer those questions. It's especially helpful to think about complicated questions like that classic question about where you see yourself in 5 years.

Prepare questions to ask the employer

It's never good to be tongue-tied when a recruiter at the end of the conversation asks you that inevitable, "Do you have any questions for me?" Asking questions doesn't make you look stupid, it shows that you're prepared and well-informed.

Do your homework on the company you're applying to and the position you're applying for. Ask questions about how the business works, what your operations are, and how you will fit into the overall structure of the business. During the actual conversation, don't be afraid to ask questions if something isn't quite clear, and don't be afraid to write down a list of possible questions so that you can get things straight during this part of the conversation.

Not sure what to ask an employer? Here are some questions to ask during the interview:

  • Can you tell me what a typical working day and working week looks like for this position?
  • What are the responsibilities associated with this position?
  • What types of training does the company offer and what career opportunities are there for this position?
  • How many people work in this office / department?
  • How much do I have to travel for this job?
  • Can I answer other questions for you that let you know what I have to offer?

Make copies of your resume, which you can bring with you during the interview

Usually the employer will have your resume in front of him while he is conducting the interview. It helps with asking questions and allows the potential employer to double check your data. However, sometimes this isn't the case or you will be interviewed by a group of people who have to share one copy of your resume. So bring a few extra copies in case they are needed. They can also be useful if you need to fill out some paperwork after the interview.

Professionalism and personality

You can make a good impression during a job interview by balancing professionalism and personality. You don't want to seem like a gray mouse, but you want to stand out for all the right reasons. Being prepared for the questions being asked, building a professional portfolio, and asking questions during the interview are excellent ways to make a good impression during your first interview.

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