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Asked by Jessica on April 28, 2015

How do I make a lasting impression in an interview?

Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 29, 2015

My first piece of advice is to be confident! Confidence can go a long way in an interview. Be prepared to speak about your resume and the experiences you have had. More often than not interview questions will encompass behavioral and situational questions. Spend some time looking up these types of questions so you will have potential answers ready if these types of questions are asked. Lastly, come to the interview prepared with questions to ask about the company based on research you have done along with questions specific to the position you applied for. This will show the recruiter/hiring manager your interest in the company and the position. Best of luck!

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Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on April 29, 2015

That is a million dollar question. Every company looks for different things and will have a different response. I would break it down into several categories of things that make a lasting impression.
1) Lasting impressions:
-A sincere enthusiasm for the position. That is huge; you would be so surprised at how many people that get interviewed that have a so-so enthusiasm. When I get a candidate that radiates excitement about the opportunity, I love it!

-A thankful nature. You would also be surprised at how many people do not send thank you notes these days. It is a deal breaker for some of the managers that I work with. Never forget the importance of thanking people for their time. Not just the hiring manger, everyone that you interacted with in the interview process.

-Be gracious always. If there is problem with scheduling, or if the interviewer has cold and is difficult to understand, or if they need you to fill out multiple applications; always be gracious and happy to do what it takes. It will speak greatly about your attitude, character, and work ethic.

-Take an interest in what it is that the people are interviewing you do. Even if they work in an area that you won’t be working in, it’s a great way to learn about the company, the people and shows them that you are really interested in the position.

-Never talk down on yourself or anyone else. Be confidant in yourself and experiences and always speak highly of previous employers.

-Be careful not to focus only on what this opportunity will do for you and your career, but to also elaborate on what you can bring to the company.

-How you respond if you do not get the position. If it turns out that you do not get that position, send a classy note, thanking them again and asking that they keep you in mind for future opportunities, you will may actually hear back some day.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 30, 2015

Interviewing is an art!  It can take time to develop a good feel for how to present yourself as the best candidate for the job.  And to tell you the truth part of learning the art of interviewing includes knowing when a job isn't for you after some discussion and a deeper dive into what the company is looking for.  Anyone who is really honest can pinpoint a time in their employment history when they bombed an interview.  It can happen for a variety of reasons...not being prepared or perhaps not connecting with the interviewer.  So avoid those things by putting in the time.  Research the company, spend some time looking at other people's experiences while interviewing (this is especially true if you are interviewing at a high profile company) immerse yourself in the information that is available to you about the company's culture and the dialog they are looking to have with their target consumer audience.

Show some intellectual curiosity!  Your interviewer wants to know that you have given some thought to what it would really be like to work for the company and that you recognize that every question can't be answered in a carefully crafted job description.  Put your best and most confident foot forward by demonstrating your honest interest in learning more.  It can really boost your confidence to go in knowing you are ready with some key conversation points. 

There are so many blogs, forums, websites and experts out there who want to shed some light on the best way to make that first dynamic impression.  Go out there and find some gems of information that are a good fit for you.  A lasting impression is made when a solid human connection is formed.  That connection is only going to happen when you are authentically being yourself!  Good Luck, you can do this!

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Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on May 19, 2015

Interviewing is tough and can be stressful, just try to relax, be yourself and have confidence. Be prepared to answer any questions about your resume and past experience with ease. Sell yourself and explain why you think you are a good candidate for that position. Good Luck!!  

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