09/19/12 - 0 Comments
Nail That Job Interview!
We’ve all been in that situation—there’s that job we’ve be wanting forever (or maybe it’s just a job we really need at the time), and it seems to be right within our reach. However, one thing is standing in our way: the interview. Whether from nerves or a bad case of I-can’t-stop-talking, one can easily flub a job interview. It can be extremely intimidating and we shouldn’t be afraid to admit that. So, we know you’re wondering, how in the world does one prepare and secure the job for which we’re interviewing? Well, fear no more. We have some foolproof tips that can help put you at ease and nail that job pronto!
Know That You Know That You Know. In other words, do some research on the job you’re going for! It doesn’t hurt to know some background information about your occupation or the company before you interview. Getting a scoop on just what you’re going for shows that you’re interested in the job and are willing to learn more about it beforehand. Plus, it might just let you know if this is the job you should be looking for (if you don’t already know!).
Look The Part. Dress for success! Like it or not, your attire is extremely important. This will be the first thing the interviewer sees, so it is crucial to be dressed right. If you’re interviewing for a fashion position, don’t stick to just the conventional suit and black heels. Dress as if you already have the job! Wear something that flaunts your own personal style (without being gaudy or revealing) and shows that you really love fashion. They should be able to see that in what you’re wearing. Any position where you might be behind a desk in a corporate office, play it safe with business casual, but give your look a personal touch with a subtle scarf or brooch—something they will remember. And, ladies, please, no cleavage. It’s distracting and will be detrimental to your interview.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Before you enter that room, know what you’re going to say. If you’ve done your homework, you should have a pretty good idea on what they’re looking for and just what they’re going to ask you. “Tell me a bit about yourself” is one question that is used in all interviews. Prepare to answer that question with key characteristics of yourself—don’t provide too much fluff. Mention things that are relevant to the job and know your strengths and weaknesses. Practice simply speaking—it will exercise your speech and prepare you so that you don’t stumble over words. We promise, practicing will only help you in situations like these.
Be On Time. This honestly should be the one thing you must do. You cannot be late—it will always result in an interview going badly. Arrive to the interview at least five minutes early to prepare and calm yourself. Do anything you need to do (like planning an outfit) the night before so you have no reason to be running behind.
Show Confidence. There’s nothing better for the interviewer to see. Show that you are confident in yourself and your abilities. Smile and let them see that you’re happy to be there. Speak with humble authority. When you walk through the door, give them a firm handshake with a killer introduction and smile. When you show that you’re eager for the job, they’ll see potential and diligence. Let them know that you and only you are right for the role.
Finally…Thank Them. When the interview is over, don’t only thank them for their time, but send them a physical snail mail USPS note. It will show gratitude and overall humility to the boss. Don’t send e-mails—that’s lazy. As soon as the interview is over, let them know that you appreciate them taking the time out to interview you and consider you for the job. We can guarantee that this shows some great qualities to your possible boss and just might push you to the top.