So it’s the big day, your first job interview! Time to be an adult, yay! You might be nervous and that’s okay but it’s time for you to put your best foot forward. I’ve had my fair share of successful job interviews so I’m here to give you guys 5 useful tips! Whether it’s your first interview or your fifth, make sure to follow these hacks to get that job or internship.
1. Arrive Early
There’s nothing worse than showing up late to a job interview so plan accordingly. I try to make sure I get to my location 30 minutes before my interview time. I know that might seem like a long time for some people but you never know what can go wrong. Your uber could take a wrong turn, the subway could be delayed or it can take you 15 minutes just to make your way around the building.
For example, a few months ago I had an interview for a new job at a hospital I’ve never been to. My interview was at 12 pm and the hospital was roughly a 15-minute walk from my house. I left at 11:15 am and got there around 11:30 am. It then took me another ten minutes just to get to the right office. By the time I had talked to the receptionist and was settled in it was 11:50 am. If I had left any later I would’ve shown up to my interview very last minute which wouldn’t be a good first impression. Instead, I was ten minutes early and had time to calm myself down and feel less nervous.
2. Dress Business Professional
During all interviews, unless otherwise stated, you’re expected to dress business professional. That means dress pants, dress shoes with a button-down and a blazer. No open-toed shoes or jeans! What I love doing before any interview is going onto Pinterest and looking up business professional outfit ideas. I usually wear black straight-leg trousers, with a white or colored button-down blouse and flats.
3. Come Prepared
Some interviews expect you to bring certain documents, so make sure to check beforehand. Always bring a valid ID because some buildings are secure and won’t let you in without one. Lastly, I always bring a notepad and a pen just in case. You never know if they’re going to give you information but it’ll look more professional if you come prepared to take notes.
4. Do Your Research
Whether this is your fifth job interview or your first, you need to know about the company you will potentially be working for. If you show up and don’t have a general idea of the job responsibilities, it’ll look like you’re not serious about the job. What I like to do is re-read the job posting multiple times and also do my research on Glassdoor. Depending on the job, Glassdoor gives you more insight into the job and previous or current employees. For some jobs, you can even find potential interview questions for your desired position. Obviously, don’t rehearse exactly what you’re going to say, but have a general idea of questions that could be asked and your response.
5. Engage With Your Interviewers
When your interviewers are talking make sure to make good eye contact and occasionally nod. This way it’ll show whoever you’re talking to that you’re engaged and interested in the job. Also when you first meet your interviewer, make sure to give a firm handshake and introduce yourself. This is not only standard common courtesy but shows confidence.
Your interview is your time to shine! Answer all their questions with passion and confidence and make sure to highlight all your accomplishments. The hardest thing for most people is to talk about themselves because it seems like you’re bragging. Believe me, when I say, you’re not bragging! An interview is meant to showcase why you are the best candidate for the job.
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