One of the main areas where job candidates seek support is on the interview. So, here are five lessons learned over the years that make a great interview. Bruno Pell, the head of Citibank’s veteran recruiting program identifies five areas for making a great first impression and making that interview successful.

  • Know the role – Before the interview, study the job description of the position you applied for and know how your skills match the company’s needs.
  • Be punctual – Arriving on time is key to a positive first impression. If you are late to the interview, the interviewer may be inclined to think that tardiness to the job could be a reoccurring issue.
  • Sell Yourself through Your Introduction – Greet the interviewer by making eye contact and a firm handshake. Smile, thank them for meeting with you, and let them know that you are excited about the opportunity.
  • Listen Carefully – Interviews are about engagement. The more you interact with your interviewer, the more information can be exchanged.
  • Ask Questions:Always be sure to ask the interviewer if they would like clarification regarding anything discussed or if they needed any additional information. Ask about the dynamics of the job, team, or the work place.

The interview process is difficult enough without preparing yourself properly. A few guidelines for a successful interview can make the difference in your getting hired or not. Taking the time to prepare properly can make the difference.

Bruno’s article can be found at

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