Good impressions on job interviews are critical in being considered for any job position. According to Career Geek, 33% of bosses claim they know if they will hire someone within the first ninety seconds of an interview. However, there are several things people tend to do that hinder their opportunities towards getting hired, and most don’t even realize it. Many people are unaware that it isn’t just the job interview that makes a difference, but also what you should do before and after your interview.

First impressions begin with a well written resume. The resume is where an employer determines whether a candidate is a good fit for the position, based on their qualifications and experiences. If a candidate doesn’t have a well written resume, chances are they won’t be getting called for an interview. According to Legaljobs, 76% of resume rejections are due to unprofessional email addresses. A proper email address is often overlooked and something most people don’t think about.

It is important to have a professional and appropriate email address. Now we move to the middle of the process, you have a job interview scheduled. What now? It is important to prepare for a job interview by getting familiar with the company. Read over their history, mission, and vision. This will be useful whenever the interviewer asks, “why do you think you are a good fit for this organization?”

Reviewing the requirements of the job position is also a good way to prepare before a job interview. That way you can come up with real life scenarios that have happened to you in the past and apply them to the skills required. An example would be if the company requests effective communication skills. You can say, “At my previous job I worked closely with the members of the organization, bringing their concerns to the Executive Director or Board.” In turn this will let the interviewer know you have experience with effective communication.

Forbes Magazine states, “today, 91% of employers search your social media for any red flags”. Many employers want employees that will represent their company in a positive way. For a lot of people their first impressions of others occur through social media. Therefore, it is important for people to be mindful of what they post daily. Especially when considering a job position where you might deal with the community daily.

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