Getting an interview is a huge step in landing a new job. Sometimes the task of applying for jobs can seem time-consuming and worthless, but then you get that call for an interview and things look promising.

When you go on a job interview, you need to make a good first impression to keep the interviewer interested and land that next opportunity.

If you are gearing up for an interview, follow these seven tips to ensure you make that great first impression.

Dress to impress

As work environments change and adapt, this can mean a variety of things. It might not necessarily be a full suit any more as some companies pride themselves on having a more relaxed culture.

Be sure to read up on the company and know what sort of culture they have before you walk in the door. You don’t want to come off as stuffy in a more progressive work place, but you also don’t want to underdress for a company that still values that formality. When in doubt, always dress up more than you think you should—it’s better to look presentable than to assume a company is laid back only to sit across from a manager in business wear.

Have in-depth knowledge about the company

Interview preparation is crucial. You need to prove that you know the company inside and out. Read up on the company every way you can, focusing on the company website and any articles that may have been written about them.  

You can also get a pulse for what others have to say about the company by reading reviews. These can be from employees, such as what’s available on Glassdoor, or they can be more about what consumers have to say about the product or service the company offers.

The more you know, the more you can speak to and look informed during your interview.

Know all you can about the job posting

Take some time to go back and reread the job posting for the position you’re interviewing for. This will help you to speak specifically to the skills the company is looking for.

You should be prepared to offer examples of your previous experience for the main job responsibilities. This will help your case for the position as it will prove that you are experienced enough for this position.

Understand the background of the interviewer

Briefly Google the person who will be interviewing you so you can get a good idea of who they are and what their background is. You might learn key aspects of this person’s background, which can help you better understand what’s important to them and make a case for why you’re the best candidate for the job.

Give a good handshake

Don’t squeeze their hand to the point of turning it purple but be sure to make an effort toward a good handshake. Practice with friends and family or even in your current work place to learn how others perceive your handshake.

Make sure that when you shake hands, you put all your attention on it. You want to make eye contact while shaking the interviewer’s hand and not allow yourself to get distracted by taking in the office setting.

Make eye contact

Nerves can get the best of people during a job interview. It’s important, though, to try and stay focused and personable. When you speak, look at the job interviewer and display your genuine interest in the topic.

Don’t look at the wall, your shoes or off into space. This is your opportunity to really make a connection with the person across the table and eye contact is powerful in helping to do just that.

Display enthusiasm for what you do

Try to go to the interview refreshed and awake. Don’t allow yourself to be hungry or distracted in other ways. You want to have a full energy level so you can think clearly and show just how much you enjoy what you do.

This doesn’t mean being overly giddy or fake. Just try to ensure that you show your genuine interest and excitement for the topic and job you’re interviewing for.

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