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We know that landing that job you have always wanted can be a nerve-wracking but gratifying experience. While a solid resume and substantial work experience are all tools to help you get in the door for the interview, those 20 to 30 minutes that you spend with the interviewer can be all that is needed to sway his or her decision. It only takes a few moments to create an excellent first impression. Unfortunately, it can take a significant amount of time to rectify a bad one. Want to know what it takes to land jobs in Memphis? We went straight to the hiring managers’ mouths to help you with a few tips that can make that first impression the one that can seal the deal.

No. 1 — Dress for success

Wearing the right clothing is a vital part of making a first impression. While the Memphis area has embraced casual business attire for everyday wear, clothing for an interview should always stay conservative and professional. Perform a quick check in the mirror to see if there is anything odd that stands out. Make sure nothing is sloppy or wrinkled, and don’t forget the details such as a professional tie, briefcase or satchel. Take the time to research the business and consider an outfit that is similar to the ones worn by those who work there. The goal of the interview is to show that you are the right person for the job and the business culture.

No 2. — Maintain good eye contact

Honesty and respect are what employers are looking for in Memphis, and with such little time to gauge interviewees, appropriate eye contact can go a long way to establish that. Not holding eye contact can be from anxiety or insecurity, but it can be off-putting and convey a lack of trust and confidence. When seated, practice good posture, avoid fidgeting and keep eye contact throughout the discussion. Practice with a friend if maintaining eye contact is difficult.

No. 3 — Be knowledgeable and confident

An interviewer expects you to know about the company that you are looking to become a part of. Do your due diligence and research the company before it is time for your interview. This will show that you want to be essential to the company and that you know how to prepare. When sharing the knowledge you have learned, deliver it with confidence and only when appropriate. Do not sound cocky. Always smile and deliver a solid handshake; emit an approachable and friendly persona. An interviewer is not only looking for confidence but someone who can work well with others on the team as well as customers.

No. 4 — Follow up with a thank you

Following up with interviewers to thank them for their time and consideration is a great way to show that you are excited and desire the position. It also shows good manners. Good followup is vital in business, and a quick note or email can prove you know this. Keep it short and simple; remember that it is not a continuation of the interview, just a simple note of appreciation.

We want you to land that dream job in Memphis. By following the tips above, you can help make that amazing first impression and hopefully embark on the career you desire.

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