Career Guide


Top 10 ways to impress a potential employer

10. Be creative with your resume

Your resume is what decides if you get that first phone call or not. Treat your job application as if it was the first phase of your interview. Make sure your resume is neat, and well organised. You can even try adding some colours and pictures to it to make it stand out from the other applicants. Donít be afraid to get creative, there are many other ways to send in your application besides a normal word document.

9. Do your homework

Before going for an interview, make time to study about the company and the industry. You can point out some of the values of the company which you admire during your interview. Your interviewer will be impressed by youre diligence and it also shows that you are really interested in the company.

8. Donít be late!

First impression can either seal or break the deal. Be sure to plan your time properly. If you are unfamiliar with the place, leave earlier. Showing up late for an interview gives your interviewer the impression that you are not serious about the job. In the event where you have no choice but to be late, call and inform your interviewer.

7. Present concrete examples of your skills

Put together a portfolio of the things you have done before to show that you posses the skills to claim to have. You can also tell stories of previous experiences and how your skills were prevailed in certain situations.

6. Ask questions

It is always important to ask questions after the interview. Ask questions which show that you are really serious about the job, such as who you will be reporting to, or what changes or improvements they would like to see in the division by hiring a new employee for the position.

5. Dress appropriately

The way you dress gives people a certain impression about your personality. Be sure to dress professionally, use soft colours like grey, white or blue. Avoid bright and striking colours as it may distract the interviewer. Donít over accessorise, and make sure your attire is not too revealing or too sloppy.

4. Take turns to speak and listen

It is normal for a person to get excited to promote himself during an interview. Donít go on just talking about yourself. Your interviewer may think you are just rambling or bragging. Remember to let your interviewer speak as well.

3. Follow up

After the interview, send a thank you email to your interviewer. Try to do this within two days of the interview. Acknowledge that they have a busy schedule and thank them for setting aside time for you. You can also tell them things about that the company which really impressed you.

2. Body language and posture

Maintaining eye contact with your interviewer shows that you are confident, if you are an introverted person who is not used to keeping eye contact while speaking to people, practise this with your friends or family. Always maintain a calm posture, sit straight and remember to smile.

1. Be confident, but be humble

While it is essential to prove to your interviewer that you are the person for the job, donít forget to be humble. Admit that you still need to learn, and donít be afraid to share things you can improve yourself on during the interview. By doing this, you are letting your interviewer know that you are teachable, and that is a quality which is highly sought after.

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