You’ve gotten the interview, but you’re not out of the woods just yet! Being given the opportunity to interview for a job can be both exciting and extremely intimidating. Interviews can be nerve-wracking; but with the proper preparation, attitude, and tips, you’ll be more successful in impressing your potential employer. Here are my top tips for your first time going on a job interview!
Tip 1: Dress to Impress
At your interview, remember that you are being evaluated from the moment you step into your potential employer’s office to the moment you leave. Your attire says a lot about your personality, preparedness, and desire to be hired; so it is important dress your best at your interview.
Interview attire can either be business casual or formal. If business casual is requested, blouses of calmer colors can be worn, paired with a slacks or a skirt of an appropriate length. Layering a blazer can make all the difference. It has the ability to transform your business casual outfit into one that is appropriate for a formal interview. Shoes should not be excessively high and hair should be combed and not distracting (out of the face, pinned back, etc.).
Regardless of who you are interviewing with and the type of attire, it is important to look neat. Clothes that are cleaned, pressed, and fit correctly are sure to get you through your first (and most important) evaluation at your interview.
Tip 2: Pass on the Perfume
When perfume shopping, you may notice your preference to a particular scent (floral, sweet, etc.)- deeming some scents overpowering and/or unappealing. Just as you would on a trip down the perfume aisle, your potential employer will recognize his/her own preference and may find your perfume of choice overwhelming and distracting. It is safer on an interview to stay clear of using perfumes, scented sprays and lotions. Showering prior and dabbing on deodorant can prove more than enough for your interview- limiting distraction and/or unnecessary evaluation from your future employer.
Tip 3: Be prepared
Set yourself up for success! Prior to your interview, you should revisit your resume, CV, application, and/or list of skills so that you are ready to promote what you can about yourself when the opportunities arise. You don’t want to walk out of your interview with thoughts such as, “I should have mentioned that experience!” or “Why didn’t I mention I’m skilled in that?” You should also research your potential employer and know as much as possible about the position you’re applying for.
Mock interviews are a great way to prepare you for possible situations that may arise in your interview. They allow you to fix your mistakes before they are made in the actual interview and to become more comfortable in an interview setting.
Tip 3: Be on time
Being late for an interview can prove to be a deal-breaker for your potential employer, misrepresenting you as someone who does not want the job as badly as the next guy in line. In order to avoid this situation, you can make sure everything is packed and ready the night before, set multiple alarms that would give provide you enough time to arrive at your interview and aim to arrive 15-20 minutes earlier.
Tip 4: De-Stress and Don’t Worry!
It’s coming close to your interview, and you feel the apprehension setting in- don’t freak out! Preparing properly is all you can do prior to your interview. Once you’ve done so, you must relax. Do something to de-stress such as drinking a cup of tea or reading your favorite novel. Also, remember to get enough sleep the night before and eat well prior to your interview.
Tip 5: Be Confident in Your Abilities
Confidence is what can ultimately make or break your interview. Confidence can be built just by listing your skills, understanding your potential and genuinely answering interview questions with the skills you’d be able to provide. Interviews are not just an evaluation; but also an opportunity to show them what you’re made of!