How to Impress in an Interview

There are many basic skills expected of you in an interview situation – the ability to remain calm under pressure, dress well for the occasion and answer personal questions names just a few. But if you really want to impress in your interview then there are some key attributes interviewers look for that only very high-level candidates exhibit.

To learn how to impress your interviewer with skills that go beyond the basics, read our three top tips:

Ask Questions
At the end of an interview it’s customary for interviewers to ask you if you have any questions, so it is always good to go into the interview having thought of a few. That said, the best candidates will show their engagement by asking questions throughout the interview and responding to the interviewer’s answers.

Remember that an interview is not a one-way exchange, it’s also an opportunity for you to get to know your prospective employer, so treat the interview like a conversation. Doing this will help you build a rapport with your interviewer, show your engagement with the job role and help you both feel more comfortable in the situation.

Care about the Company
Most people know that it’s important to research a company before going into an interview. Knowing the basics about how the company functions and what your job role would be within it is vital for demonstrating your suitability in that role.  However, the best candidates will go above and beyond this level of research and consider the values and ethos of the company as well. Demonstrating that your own personal, political and ethical views align with the company’s indicates that you will fit in with the company’s internal culture and goals. 

While your level of experience and qualifications are the biggest indicator of your ability to do well in a job, showing this enthusiasm for the company’s values could give you the edge over other qualified candidates.

Be confident in your own abilities
If you don’t trust your own abilities then your employer won’t either, so it’s important to back up your skills with examples of them in action. Many candidates will prepare examples like this before the interview, but the best candidates will internalise them and be able to speak about them openly and confidently.