The most important part of a job interview is the beginning. That’s when you have an opportunity to make a great impression – or a not so good one – on your interviewer. One boss I worked for told me that he knew within the first 30 seconds or so whether the person had a shot at getting hired.

You probably have a little more time than that, but it’s important to make the best impression you can within the first few minutes of meeting your interviewer. Carry it on throughout the interview, so you have a good shot at getting a second interview and a job offer.

15 Quick Tips for Impressing Your Interviewer

Here are some quick and easy tips for how to impress all the people you meet when you’re interviewing for a new job.

1. Practice.  Practice might not make perfect, but it does help you make a good impression. Review the interview questions that employers most frequently ask and think about how you’ll answer them.

2. Wear appropriate interview attire. It can be really awkward if you show up at a job interview overdressed – or underdressed.

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