In a matter of minutes, it’s either make or break.
It is normal to feel nervous when you meet your potential employer for the first time. If you aren’t adequately prepared for the meeting, you may forget something. These tips will help you establish a rapport with the prospective company.
1. Be professional and friendly
You don’t want to do too much, or you will be stereotyped. People will feel that you are not suited to work with people if you are too professional. Warmth will convince them that you are fit for the corporate culture.
2. Get to know the company.
Make a list of at least two to three questions you want to ask the interviewer. Pay attention to the culture and positive qualities of the company. Do not pretend to be interested; the interviewer will see if you are genuine and honest with your questions. Mirroring is another trick that experts refer to. Pay attention to what the other person is saying and then interpret it. Your interpretation should be repeated in the form of a question.
3. Calm down
This is the exact same thing as telling a tree not to be burned in a furnace. This is the only way. If you are not comfortable enough to communicate in the right way, it will be challenging to establish a relationship with prospective companies. Focus your attention on the corporate aspects of your job and not on your wobbly knees or cold feet. It’s much easier to project your best self if you can only focus on one thing: making a great impression on potential employers.
4. Communicate clearly
Communication is more than just verbal. Pay attention to your body language. Don’t talk while you’re talking, and don’t touch your eyes. Now that you have mastered the do’s and don’ts, it’s time to keep your confidence high and pay attention to what they are saying.
5. Keep everything positive
Keep it positive, even when things go wrong. It could be as simple as pointing out a negative topic or laughing at an error. One thing is sure: the interaction will be worthwhile if you both focus on the positive side of the company as well as on you, the applicant. Even if you feel like you failed the interview, you must be affirmative. Although you might not be offered the job, it is possible to make the connection.
6. Be confident
To be confident, dress appropriately and pay attention to your appearance. It is not enough to appear perfect. It is believed that being confident will increase your self-esteem and boost your confidence in your abilities and expertise.
It is a great way to keep doors open by being able to simply send an acknowledgment or thank you note after getting to know someone. Appreciation is also a sign you aren’t just interested in the salary but also the job or the company.
There is no one way to establish a rapport with potential employers. The key to building a relationship with a prospective employer is not a formula. However, it is essential to be prepared and attentive toward everyone you meet along your journey.
Melinda Edwards is a career consultant. She has been invited to many events and forums on human resource management. She is also a time management expert and effectively fulfills both her career as a mother and career woman.