How to make a great impression at interview stage

5 February 2018

If you’ve managed to secure an interview then you must have already made a good first impression through your CV and cover letter, but this needs to continue in person. To make a great impression during your interview, follow these tips:

Before the interview

Planning your time before the interview may in fact benefit you later on. Punctuality is a sign of your enthusiasm for the role and foreshadows your timekeeping and reliability. Being late for an interview sends the signal that you are unreliable so always plan your route beforehand and leave in plenty of time to avoid anything that may hold you up.

Be professional

Staying professional during an interview gives you the best chance of getting the job; remain serious and focused throughout. Some employers may not mind the odd joke to lighten the mood, but it’s difficult to know for sure so it may be best to steer clear.

Dress to impress

Your appearance should reflect how important this role is to you. Wearing suitable clothing shows the employer that you are professional and that you can represent the company in an appropriate way.

Keep calm

It’s important to maintain your composure throughout your interview, no matter how nerve-racking it may be. It can be scary walking into an interview and not feeling prepared so thorough research beforehand is crucial at making you feel more at ease and will give off a better impression. Try to show confidence during the course of your interview, keeping eye contact and speaking with conviction.  

Close the interview confidently

Finish your interview with a firm handshake and a smile, ensuring you have thanked the interviewer for their time. Don’t switch off from “interview mode” until you have completely left the building.

We hope that you found these tips useful, for more from our friendly team from CV writing to interview coaching, contact MarkJames Search on 0118 4670671 or email

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