- Carriage. This can’t be said enough: first impressions can make or break the interview. That moment when you walk in the door, if you fail to make a good impression, you may just sink the interview. So, how does one achieve this?
Make eye contact. If you avoid eye contact with your interviewer, not only might you give the impression that you have something to hide, you also appear fearful. If your interviewer perceives you as afraid of her, she instantly demotes you to an inferior position in her own mind, making you unworthy of her confidence, and, ultimately, the position you seek. Making eye contact inspires confidence in you, and also creates an instant bond between you and your interviewer. Shake hands, smile, and use your interviewer’s name. These things also create an instant bond within the first five seconds. If you end up with a less-than-outgoing interviewer, you will know it in the first few minutes. You can always back off and maintain distance after the initial handshake, but you can’t make up for a lack of forthrightness if it is expected. Obviously, using the interviewer’s name a few times not only lets them know that you know who they are and value their time. But there’s more: at the end of the interview especially, saying, “it was great to meet you, Mark,” will jog Mark’s memory as to your name. If he can’t remember, you can bet he will peek at your resume the moment you walk out the door, and that’s a good thing.
- Authority and Directness.
- Enthusiasm for Your Practice.
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- Confidence in Yourself.
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