Job Interview Tips: The Basics
July 20, 2017
All that hard work is paying off. You got an interview. Congratulations! We get so wrapped up in doing the on-line applications and setting up meetings that we sometimes forget the very basics of the interview. Don’t get anxious! Start with our four basic tips to get your head back in the game.
1. Be on time. In fact, plan to be early to avoid any hiccups. We never know where there is going to be construction, a detour or an accident. Sure, you can look at a traffic map on your phone, but we all know how fast things can happen. Not all heavy or slow traffic can be predicted. It’s also good idea to do a little investigating about parking before you head out. For example, is it in a parking garage? Do you need to find street parking? Need some change for a meter? Better to build in a few extra minutes to ensure you are on time and ready to put your best foot forward. It’s a pretty common practice for employers to not hire someone that is late for a meeting with them.
2. Dress Well. We’ve all heard the phrase, “first impressions matter.” They really do, especially when it comes to what you wear to a job interview. Hiring managers are going to look at you and try to image you in the position they’re trying to fill. The way you dress and present yourself can really influence your likelihood of getting the job. You want to give them reasons to hire you, not reject you. Take the time to visually impress the interviewer. If you want some specific tips on how to dress, check out What to Wear to an Interview, 10 Tips
3. Control your nerves. It’s normal to be nervous about a job interview, especially when it’s a position you really want. Imagining a face-to-face meeting with a potential boss and thinking about the questions they might ask can wreak havoc on your nerves and lead to anxiety. It is often the unknown that takes you down the path of uncertainty. But there are simple ways to control your stress and keep your nervousness at a manageable level. Going into an interview fully prepared and as relaxed as you can be shows an employer that you’ve got what it takes to do the job. Simple things like stretching and taking deep breaths can do a world of good for you. Here are some other ideas you can use to stay calm before your interview.
4. Make the connection. Nothing is stronger than a human connection. Eye contact is key. Keeping your body at ease will exude confidence. A good, firm, but not bone-crushing handshake is the human touch solidifies the connection. A smile sets the interview in the positive direction you want. Body language is part of your first impression so make sure you have prepared and are aware of how you are presenting yourself. For more on body language, check out How to Use Language Effectively in Your Job Search blog post.
Initially presenting yourself is the most important part of staying in the game. Take charge and put forth your very best self and land that job!Share this:
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