5 Ways to Make an Impression on an Employer
Job searches can take up a majority of your time. You’ve got to maintain a current resume, have an arsenal of cohesive cover letters within reach and continue to stay optimistic during your search. Fortunately, once your resume is written, the shell is created and you have the foundation for a nice document to share with recruiters and prospective employers.
If you have landed an interview you’re in the running as a potential candidate which means you still have some work to do. An interview is not a guarantee of employment, but it is a step in the right direction.
Here are 5 ways to make an impression on an employer during and after an interview:
1. Ask questions about the position and the company:
It’s important to note that this is not the time to ask lengthy questions. Be prepared enough to know the basics and if you genuinely have a question, don’t hesitate to ask. Don’t make up a question just to act engaged. You can simply state that you don’t have questions at the moment, but if something came up, you would let them know via their preferred method of communication.
2. Express interest again in the position before leaving:
Obviously you’re interested in the position if you are at the interview, but express this to the recruiter after the interview. Thank them for their time and tell them the interview increased your interest in the position.
3. Highlight your best attributes:
The interview is your best opportunity to showcase your talents and skills. Don’t approach this like a bragging session, but be confident in your attributes. Ask yourself what do you offer to a potential employer? What is unique about you?
4. Learn the hiring process (next steps, etc.):
Take note of the remainder to the hiring process. Sometimes this process takes much longer than anticipated, so familiarize yourself with what’s next. Also, asking questions is a sign that you are vested in the company and interested in protocol. The enthusiasm that you show during the interview can impact your chances at getting the position for which you are interviewing.
5. Send a thank-you note:
Follow-up with the hiring manager to illustrate the depth of your interest, but do not inundate them with correspondence. One thank you note will suffice. This can be sent through snail mail, but email is acceptable. When you send a thank you message to a prospective employer, it shows them that you respect their position and appreciate the opportunity to interview. You don’t have to write more than a simple paragraph to acknowledge their time and consideration.
Remember that you have a brief amount of time to make a good impression on the recruiter. Try not to be tense or too rehearsed. Be yourself, but put the extra time into preparing whenever appropriate. Planning will ultimately save you time, but since you don’t know the interview format or details, you should be flexible as well. When you’re honest and put your best self forward, employers see that and hold stock in your candor.