After weeks of anxious waiting, your application went through and you finally got an interview! But wait…what now? Nailing your interview is the first step towards the opportunity of a great job. No need to fret, we know interviews can be intimidating. We’ve got you covered with seven great tips that can help you score that job!
- Dress for the Job You Want
You only get one chance to make a first impression so let’s make it a good one! A good rule of thumb is to imagine what professional dress would look like and then crank it up by 10%. Showing up over dressed is far better than showing up under dressed so here are some great business professional outfit ideas:
- Dress pants
- Heels or flats (closed toed)
- Dress shirts
- Dress shoes (closed toed)
2. Do Your Homework
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could look up exactly what questions will be asked in your interview? Well you can…sort of. Most employers dance around the same questions and researching those questions is easy as pie. Here are some examples:
- What is your greatest strength and why?
- What is your greatest weakness and why?
- How would you handle a conflict with a coworker?
- Why do you want to work for us specifically?
- Why should we choose you over someone else?
Always be honest in your answers and let the employer know how you are improving.
3. Ask Questions
An employer will almost always ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” This is a good time to show your interest and show how much you care about the position, so have a few questions prepared! Some great ones to consider are:
- What would an average day in this job look like?
- What is your favorite part about the business/company?
- What initially brought you to this business/company?
- Sit Up Straight
The way you hold yourself says a lot about your confidence and energy. Walking into an interview with your head down, arms crossed, or slumping won’t exactly attract the right attention. Sitting tall with your shoulders back and arms open tells your employer that you are independent, confident, and open to the opinions of others. Crazy right? Just one little movement can say that much! A great tool you’ll want to utilize is this video on what your posture says about you.
- Being Early is Being On Time
Alright this one is pretty predictable but you didn’t think we would let you be late to your big interview did you? Yes, arrive early! Preferably 15 minutes early but 10 minutes at the minimum. Not only does this show your employer that you will be a responsible worker, it also gives you a few minutes to pull yourself together before rocking that interview.
- Tell Yourself You’re Awesome
You are your own worst critic so shake off that negativity! When you’re dressed and ready to go, take a minute to look at yourself in the mirror and say 10 positive things about yourself. I know it sounds silly but face it, you’re great! You have a lot to offer this job but you need to believe it before anyone else will.
7. Formally Thank Them
This is a great way to stand out from the other candidates. The day after your interview, hand-write and send a thank you note to the person that conducted your interview. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a couple short paragraphs thanking them for the interview and looking forward to hearing back. Sign it with your name, email and phone number so that it’s even easier for them to contact you.
You have the freedom to build your own life and set yourself up for success. Every day is a new chance to change your life, so get out there, show the world what you’re made of and rock the socks off that interview!
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