The Key to Making a Good Impression at the Interview

The general job search equation goes as follows: resume gets the interview, interview gets the job. By that logic, getting an interview means you’re already halfway to the job. That means the pressure is definitely on to make a good impression on the employer as the best candidate for the position. Employers generally look at a resume for a maximum of 30 seconds, but an interview lasts much longer than that. If an employer is investing time in his or her busy day to meet with you, then it is all the more crucial to make a good, memorable impression.

All the typical interview do’s and don’ts fall squarely into the common sense category. Dress to impress, arrive early, answer all questions truthfully, etc. These are all crucial tips to make a good impression. But the trick between making a good impression and a lasting good impression comes at the end of the interview, when an employer generally asks, “Do you have any questions?”

The wrong answer to this question would be “No, I have no questions.”

Asking a good question (so, nothing like “How many days off can I ask for until I get fired?” or “Do I really have to dress professionally every day I come into the office?”) shows that you have done your research about the organization and have a vested interest in both the organization and the position you are interviewing for. Even something simple like “What does a typical day in the office look like?” goes a long way to show the employer that you truly are interested in working for the organization.

Remember, these kinds of questions not only help make a good, lasting impression on the employer but it also gives you insight into both the position you are interviewing and the organization. The interview is not only a chance for the employer to get to know you better but also for you to know the employer and organization better, so take advantage of the opportunity with a well-thought out question or two!