How to Make a Good Impression on An Interviewer

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
You know they’ll be evaluating you for your skills, experience and more. What are they looking for? In this video, we’ll be discussing how to make a good impression on your next job interview with the interviewer.

[00:00] Introduction
[00:39] What are they interviewing you to find out?
[01:38] How to prepare
[02:27] Have the right appearance for them
[02:55] Self-confidence
[03:59] Active listening
[04:39] Speaking well
[05:05] Follow-up
[05:20] One of those people
[05:42] Summary
[06:04] Outro

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Hi, and we’re going to be talking about how to make a good impression on an interviewer. I’m a former recruiter. My name is Jeff Altman, I was nicknamed The Big Game Hunter. I used to hunt down leaders and staff for organizations. Did it for a heck of a long time and filled a lot of positions. Now, I provide no BS career advice to people globally so that I make you, your job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, I make you and your career deal with things so much more easily.

And as someone who worked as a recruiter for so long, and now coaches, people, I want to help you make the most of your next interview. So let’s just start by understanding what and how are they evaluating you. So everyone knows they want to see competence. But the other things that they look for are self-confidence, character, chemistry, maybe a little bit of charisma because we always know charismatic people do better than the non-charismatics. They want to see that you care that they can connect with you, because they want to trust the person that they hire. It’s very rare that they hire someone that they don’t trust.

So ultimately, that’s what you’re trying to do is, by connecting with them, demonstrating your competence, and all these other things, you’re trying to make them trust you. And in preparing, which is the first thing I want you to do.

Take a look at the job description. Take a look at the ad if that’s what you have to work with. If you were them interviewing you, what might you be asked in order to determine whether you were qualified? So remember that. Ask yourself some questions along these lines. And obviously, research the firm if you’re not particularly familiar with it. And you know, some people will tell you to look at the mission, values, and goals. I think that’s manure. Just focus in on if you were them, trying to interview you to determine if you were qualified, what questions might you ask, and then from there, be prepared to answer them. And in answering them, say the answers out loud, so that this way you make your mistakes in advance, and not at the interview.

Number two, of course, is your appearance, whether you’re on camera, or in person, you want to look well and project a successful image. If you appear sloppy, inappropriately attired by their cultural standards, because remember, some places like suits, some people, places like casual, some people, some firms like barbarians makes no difference, you have to look the part for their corporate culture.

Third, as I mentioned earlier, they’re looking for confidence or self-confidence. Part of what you do in how you present yourself is conduct theater, you’re a performer on the stage. Now I know this becomes a little harder for introverts because you don’t like to think that way. But projecting self-confidence for who you are and creating a good impression. If you’re doing this in person. It’s the stand tall, make right eye contact, the right handshake. Eye contact as you’re shaking hands, things along those lines do very well. And ultimately, as you’re answering questions, smiling, as you’re answering. I’m not suggesting you sit for the entire interview with a smile on your face as though you’re an idiot. But demonstrate competence, confidence, a positive attitude, optimistic and be excited. People like that.

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Active listening. Now, I tend to forget about this part a lot. But for those of you because I take it for granted frankly. But pay close attention to their questions and respond thoughtfully. Show that you’re engaged and interested in what they have to ask you and what they have to say. And then sometimes periodically flip the question on them. ‘Is that going to be something I’ll need to pay attention to in this organization?’ ‘When you’re asking me about this, is that because that’s an issue internally?’ You’ll know when to ask that sort of a follow-up. Th

They obviously want to make sure that you speak well. Right. Well, in terms of part of the way they’re judging your writing is through your resume, of course. But remember, as you’re answering questions, they don’t want to listen to a long monologue as though you’re a Shakespearean actor. They have an attention span. Maybe a minute, minute 15, minute and a half tops. Keep your answers concise.

 Follow up with them. After the interview, send them a quick thank you email, or text, to express your appreciation for the opportunity to talk with them. And thus, be connected.

And I’m gonna remind you don’t act like one of those people. You may have been on interviews before where . .  . or interviewed people I should say, where they’ve just acted inappropriately or been immature. And I know this may feel stressful to you. Just relax, be yourself. Don’t act like one of them.

So just to summarize, making a good impression involves a degree of preparation and homework, projecting self-confidence, a positive attitude, effective communication and follow up. You know, you want to be showcasing your skills and experience and show why they should choose you.

Hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. Visit my website, There’s a ton in the blog that can help you. Plus at the site, you can schedule time to begin coaching with me, which can be around job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, resolving workplace issues, career transitions–think of it from the standpoint of you and your career as a totality I can help with.

Also, if you just have questions for me, there’s a choice where you can buy Trusted Advisor Services from me where we’ll chat for a while, you’ll receive a recording afterwards. And thus, I’ll be able to answer your questions around one of those categories. At the site, you can also find out about my video courses, books and guides. Again a lot there to help.

Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at Mentioned that you just saw this. I like knowing I’m helping some folks. Oh! One last thing. If this isn’t the right time for you to go to my website, just put that address in your phone, And in the notes field, put the phrase job search block and this way you can find me in a future occasion. Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

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