7 Ways Not to Screw Up the First 10 Minutes of Your Job Interview

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7 Ways Not to Screw Up the First 10 Minutes of Your Job Interview

Maximize the First 10 Minutes of Your Interview


Many employment agencies know that the first 10 minutes of a job interview are when you have the best chance of making a great first impression with the hiring manager. Below are seven ways to make sure you start on the right foot and impress whoever is interviewing you.

  1. Start with a Firm Handshake and Friendly Smile

 Approach the interviewer and offer a firm handshake and warm smile. You want to seem likable as soon as possible. 

  1. Be Enthusiastic

Project confidence and enthusiasm the moment you step into the room and sit down. Besides giving strong responses to questions, you should also convey a professional demeanor and show genuine interest in satisfying the interviewer’s questions.

  1. Be Ready to Break the Ice

Expect the interviewer to exchange pleasantries before getting down to the business of the job. Be willing to engage in small talk, whether it’s about the weather, the traffic, or a current event. While it’s important to demonstrate an ability to make conversation, avoid sharing too strong of an opinion, which may backfire when it’s the opposite of what the interviewer thinks.

  1. Do Your Homework

Don’t come to the interview without knowing detailed information about the company you’re applying to. Be sure to read up as much as you can so you can answer the inevitable question, “What made you want to apply here at [Insert Company]?”

  1. Practice Your Answers to FAQs

Most interviewers will use a few tried and tested questions such as:

  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your primary strengths?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to work in this company?

Naturally, you should try to come up with thoughtful answers to these questions, practicing your delivery well before the interview date.

  1. Stay Professional When Talking About Yourself

When you’re asked to talk about yourself and your experiences, be professional and stay on point. Share experiences and stories that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. Talking about your pets or your family is most likely not the right approach in this case.

  1. Dress the Part

Whether you like it or not, appearances matter in a job interview. Dress smart and look well groomed — neat hair, clean fingernails, polished shoes are just some of the small details to take care of.

For more job search and interview tips, talk to the manufacturing, construction, and aircraft staffing services experts of Top Notch Personnel! Our recruitment specialists in Wichita, KS, can connect you with a wide range of local employers, helping expedite your job search. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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