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If you knew nothing else about New York job interviews, you knew enough to present yourself in an approving light because everyone knows that ‘first impression’ wields a magical hand to cast you in or out of the contender spot. Yet, candidates tend to focus more on their fashion ensemble, rather than their delivery. First impression is all about the ‘Full Monty’—from the time you arrive at the entrance—to the moment you glide back out the door, your encounter with New York decision makers should pique interest and leave an imprint for more.

So, how can you ensure a great first impression from start to finish? With a whole lot of preparation – recitals and rehearsals – in other words, do your homework!

New York Recruiters say preparation is vital to the interview process because you only get one chance to show you mettle. Then, it’s all over. Use the opportunity wisely to:
• Validate your skills and competencies as per your resume.
• Display effortless knowledge of the job criteria.
• Invite the panel to glimpse insights to your admirable character.

Here are some more ‘first impression’ guidelines given by New York HR pros.

Interview Preparation Tips

Number 1: Do Thorough Investigative Work on the Company
Awkward silences after a round of questions are lethal in an interview and will affect your evaluation. There is no excuse for being clueless about a company you want to work for. Find out about potential New York employers by getting information ahead of time. This includes:
• How long they have been in business, the goods and services they provide, and the average number of employees in the company.
• Use your network (or speak to your recruiter) about job expectations. Investigate the skills, knowledge and experiences required to excel in it. Get information on the cultural environment and opportunities for increased responsibility or advancement.
• Know who will be conducting the interviews, where it will be held and for how long.

Number 2: Practice for the Role Play of your Life
This is critical to getting the job: rehearse as much as possible about your proficiencies. Be ready to speak to your communications’ skills, meticulous nature, team player spirit, loyalty and enthusiasm to ‘go the extra mile,’ leadership spunk, and ability to safeguard the ‘company’s purse.’ At the end, pose thoughtful questions about the company.
Number 3: Choose an Appropriate Outfit – Don’t be Boring
Dressing like a stuffed turkey in a three piece suit is quite unnecessary. Wear attire reflective of the role. For example: a flight attendant position may warrant adding splashes of color to your garb to show-off a little verve, whereas a financial accounting position will often require a more conservative approach.
Number 4: Be Punctual, Courteous and Confident
Here, recruiters say: “arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time, which helps to calm nervous energy; smile and repeat affirmations in your head for composure and easy confidence. Be friendly, but not casual, and use formal vocabulary.” Do not for heaven’s sake lie in response to any direct question asked about the role, or respond with negative information.
Number 5: Anticipate the Interviewing Style, i.e. Behavioral-Based
HR managers love the behavioral-based style interview. Why? Because it focuses on the ‘hows’ of your past performance, not the ‘whats’ which lacks utility; this means you’ll need to discuss real-life examples, difficult to fabricate, since the specifics can be checked against referees.
When it’s all over, you should follow-up your interview with a thank you letter. Don’t skip this step– interviewers say they actually expect it! So, jot down the names of the interviewers on your way out the door for future reference.
Because first impression is powerful, recruiters are trained to—not make snap decisions– based only on appearances. Stand out from the others by appearing composed, knowledgeable and competent. And, if it comes down to just two of you, let them choose you: the one whose preparation work was ‘spot on.’