First impressions happen in the blink of an eye – they’re crucial when it comes to the job hunt and can help you find your way in. it is important to present yourself in a way that highlights what makes you stand out as a professional.
Whether it’s your first interview or your first day at your new job, here are some Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind:
Do: Polish your online presence
Think of your jobsDB profile as your virtual handshake. Polishing your presence on jobsDB can help guide recruiters and industry professionals to the best and brightest parts of your career and notable work experiences. Be sure to put your best foot forward – whether it’s in person or in your profile picture on your social media channels. Take step back and make sure your online presence matches the first impression you want to leave on potential employer.
Don’ts: Skip the question prep
Show up to your interview with specific questions related to the company and industry that reinforce your expertise and interest level. If you don’t know where to start, check out the company page to learn more about their history, current strategies and recent announcements, amongst other company news. This will help you think of focused questions that are relevant and timely to the company, and will reinforce your interest level based on your knowledge, curiosity and genuine interest in the role.
Do: Break the ice
Finding a mutual connection within your network is an easy way to establish common ground during interview. A strong personal connection and easy conversation is one of the important qualities that a hiring manager look for in a potential candidate.
Don’t: Show up late
Timeliness is a timeless trait. Make sure you don’t get lost by researching your route to the interview the night before and create a backup plan in case of train delays, traffic, etc. It’s also a never bad idea to build in plenty of buffer time for your trip to the interview – if you get to the area well ahead of time, you can camp out in a coffee shop nearby to fit in a bit of final preparation. As a rule of thumb, show up to the interview 10-15 minutes early to start off on the right foot.
Keep these Do’s and Don’ts in mind, and you’ll be sure to leave a great first impression with anyone you meet in the job hunting process. By keeping your online presence polished, building rapport and being respectful, you’ll set yourself up too find your way into you next career opportunity, and the right job for you.
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