The Feel-Good Interview
When preparing for an interview, job seekers tend to worry most about what they are going to say. Hours are spent anticipating and formulating answers to every standard interview question the candidate imagines could be asked of them.
Answers are important, but you shouldn't overlook some other aspects of the interview. It has been said that people won't always remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Part of making your interviewers feel good means you should be alert to how you come across in your interview. People generally make up their minds within the first few minutes of meeting someone, so it is extremely important that you start making them feel good right from the start.
The first feeling your interviewers should get from you is one of respect.
Show them that you respect their time. You can accomplish this by arriving on time for your interview. Make sure you have verified the address where your interview will take place. Allow yourself extra driving time in case there is construction or other traffic delays. Know the number of the room or office where you will be meeting or who you should check in with when you arrive. Ask about parking; the last thing you need is to be frantically circling the block looking for street parking because you don't have any quarters for the parking meters.
Show them that you respect their organization. Do this by dressing professionally. I don't care if all their current employees wear jeans and nose rings to work, you are still going to dress your best for your interview. Watch the perfume, make-up and jewelry. Wear clothing that fits well and is not outdated. Your hair should be clean and neatly styled.
Show respect to everyone who is present. When you schedule your interview, ask for the name and title of everyone who will be attending. Be sure to bring a copy of your resume for each person. Before your interview, spend a little quality time with Google so that you can learn about the people who will be interviewing you. Your interviewers will feel good when they can see you are truly interested in them and their accomplishments.
The person who initiates the handshake is perceived as the most confident - and confident people make others feel good. So always be the first to extend your hand and make eye contact with each person.