Interviews and dating. Two very different meetings, yet similar in so many ways. You may be feeling a bit nervous beforehand and have a variety of thoughts in your head. Will this be a good match for me? Will I be a good match for them? Whether its the first date with your dream guy/gal or an interview for your dream job, we all know that it is important to make a good first impression. Here are some tips to help you ace your interview and get a bit closer to finding “the one” job for you.

Dress to impress   Do you spend hours in front of the mirror and/or trying to find the perfect outfit for your first date? You should treat your interview similarly. When selecting your ensemble, keep the culture of the company in mind as some are slightly casual whereas others are more buttoned-up. No matter what, always show up to your interview well groomed and pulled together and keep in mind that it is always better to overdress than to underdress. Refer to ourDress to Impress blog and Pinterest board for some interview attire tips!

Get to know one another   An interview is your opportunity to show how good of a fit you are for a company and a particular role within it. You want to impress the interviewer and show yourself in the best light. Get to know one another. Show them what you have in common with them and the great qualities you can bring. Give them a reason to have that second “date” with you.

It’s not all about you   Sure, you have loads of great things to say about yourself (your skills, your accomplishments, etc.), but what about the person at the other side of the table? It’s important that you are showing interest in him/her, too! Be engaging with your interviewer and be prepared to ask great questions about the company and role! In doing so, you will be able to find out what is most important for them and whether you will be a good fit for one another.

Don’t talk about negative experiences with a previous job  Would you want to listen to your date speak poorly of his/her ex all night? How about the ways in which he/she messed up or had his/her heart broken. Similarly, bad-mouthing a previous employer is never a good idea at your interview and should definitely be avoided.

Body language   Body language is a form of communication that can say a lot about a person. From the very first greeting to your final departure, you want to be sure that you are sending the right message. The strength of your handshake can indicate a lot about your personality and level of confidence, while fidgeting and lack of eye contact will leave your interviewer thinking you are uninterested and anxious to leave. Be aware of your body language throughout your interview to ensure that you are giving off only positive messages.

Follow-up   Did you feel a good connection with the interviewer, company, and role by the end of the interview? Let them know! Wouldn’t you want your dates to let you know what a great time they had with you and that they’d like to see you again? Similarly, follow-up is very important after an interview. Send a note to thank the interviewer(s) for their time. Let them know how interested you are in the company and role and how you would be a great addition to their team.

Keeping these in mind just might land you that second date and closer to the job that is “the one” for you. Even if you find that you are not right for one another, perhaps they have a friend they can set you up with that will end up being a perfect match!

Are you ready for your next “first date”?