You’re nervous. It’s not going well. You’re starting to panic.
There are tricks to make the first 10 minutes of your interview work in your favor, according to The Ladders.
As we’ve said before, your interviewer usually knows whether they are hiring you as soon as they see you. But, according to the career site, if you don’t make an amazing first impression, you have 10 minutes to prove yourself—even if your meeting stretches to an hour. It was based on answers from 150 senior executives with Fortune 1,000 companies.
“The interview begins the moment job seekers arrive, so applicants need to project enthusiasm and confidence from the start. The opening minutes of the conversation often set the tone for the rest of the discussion, making it wise to prepare especially well for the first few interview questions,” Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International said.
Here are some tips for making those first 10 minutes work for you.
1. Potential employers often ask these four questions
“Why are you here?” “What can you do for us?” “Tell me a little about yourself,” “Will you fit in?”
“Rehearse your answers with your own personal stories. These are short narratives describing specific times in your past when you overcame a crisis, led a team, met a deadline, or resurrected a failed project,” says the site.
2. Know the company
Always research the company before you interview.
“The first few minutes of the interview are the time to flatter them,” says the site.
3. Know Your Role
“First impressions count for a lot, especially in the job interview. You’re on stage from the minute you enter the room. So play your role by first getting into character. Remember, the character you play is that of a problem solver, not a job seeker,” says the site. “As a problem solver, you know why you are here, you’re excited about this company, and you know you can help them achieve their goals.”
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