Making a good impression!

How to make a good impression when applying for a job!

To start with, it might seem obvious but read the initial job posting thoroughly.

The recruiter may have spent time and money on the advertisement of the vacancy, this person may do the initial screening of applicants. It’s great to have questions at this stage and engage with the employer, but it’s important to make sure that you don’t ask questions they have already answered in the job advert/ description.

Congratulations, you made it through the first phase! We like your application and you’ve been invited down to meet us. Whether it’s a formal interview or a group induction, here are our top tips.

It’s time for the first meeting…

‘Never judge a book by it’s cover!’

First impressions aren’t just about the employee… it is just as important for you to receive a good first impression of the employer/ company to decide if they are right for you. When working within the hospitality industry, it’s important that you are well presented and look professional at all times, this is certainly something to consider when attending your first meeting. If it’s an informal appointment, there may not be any need for a suit but a football kit probably isn’t appropriate.

The first 30 seconds are often make or break… It is suggested that the first impression alters the behaviour of an interviewer, which can heavily impact the tone throughout your first meeting with the company. People aim to reinforce their first impressions, looking for justification of their initial instincts (whether they are good or bad!)

We don’t need to tell you about the importance of punctuality. Being on time shows you are not only grateful for the opportunity which you have been presented with, but that you are respectful of the interviewer’s time. People are often working to tight deadlines and under pressure, especially in today’s economy where working efficiently in order to save on resources.

The language you use in an interview can be important. There’s no need to go over the top when it comes to industry jargon and trying to fit in buzz words but you are selling yourself. Make sure that what you are saying is positive.

If they ask you about your weaknesses, it might be a good idea to tell the interviewer about how you often sit back and assess your strengths and weaknesses so that you can build on them – explain how your weakness can be seen in a better light and how this can positively influence your work.

Be careful not to say what everyone says because to interviews it doesn’t seem like you are being honest. We’re talking to you, ‘I’m a perfectionist’. Be you, be honest – if you struggle with your self-confidence, explain that and elaborate but don’t forget to mention how you can improve on this.

In an interview, using positive words will influence the interviewer. Using terms like happy, confident, delighted… will impact on how the interviewer is feeling and how they feel after spending time with you. Leaving them feeling positive could mean there is a better outcome from your interview.

Your tone of voice can influence them too. If you sound deflated and demotivated, why would they choose you? It’s important to sound excited about the role and enthusiastic. If this isn’t your dream job it should be a step in the right direction. Pick out the reasons you would love to join the team and focus on those reasons whilst in the interview, this will help you speak highly of the role and company.

So to round up!

Read, be thorough and do your research!

Ask questions, be engaged!

Be professional & punctual!

Be positive!

Be honest, be you!

Good luck 😊

What do you think is important in an interview? Have you had any bad interviews?  What have you learnt? What do you think contributes to making a good impression? What are your top tips?