How to Win Over an Interviewer on the Next Job Interview


Want to know how to win over the interviewer at your next job interview? Even if you don't get the gig, creating a winning impression gives you practice for future interviews and a solid networking connection for the future. Here are some tips on making a great impression at your next job interview.

  • Shake hands. A firm handshake with a welcoming smile goes a long way to begin the interview on a solid note. Smile and look directly into the interviewer's eye. Thank him/her for having you and get down to business. Small talk can be nice, but it can also be a delaying tactic or can show the interviewer you're not focused on the job. Stick to a warm welcome.

  • Stay truthful. It's never a good idea to lie during an interview because of simple ethics--and things can always get back to you. So if you get a question about something that concerns an interviewer, such as a gap on your resume, be honest. Remember that being truthful doesn't mean you have to go into detail. If you have a career gap on your resume due to personal reasons, just say it was for personal reasons. There is no need to go into detail--but it will pay off to tell the truth.

  • Respect the interviewer's time. By skipping the small talk towards the beginning of the interview, and asking job-related questions from the get-go, you will show the interviewer that you respect his or her time. If he or she prompts small talk toward the end, go for it, but don't get into too much detail. It's likely the interviewer has allotted a certain amount of time for your appointment--if he or she lets you know in the beginning or you can find out how long your interview will last, that can help you to keep things on target.

  • Be nice. In addition to being friendly and approachable to your interviewer, it's important to remain positive when explaining any sour situations on your resume. For example, don't talk trash on a previous employer--even if they were bad to you; it shows an interviewer that you could do the same thing to them. Additionally, try not to talk bad about competitors; instead bring up facts to show a competitive advantage.

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