By: Lily Walker
Job interviews can be scary, but as long as you go in with the right tools you will be able to make it through smoothly. Here I’m going to tell you what some of those tools are that will help you rock that interview so you can get the job that you’ve always dreamed of!
Tip 1: Relax. People can tell when you are tense or nervous, so make sure to take a deep breath before you go in. This job interview is not a life or death situation so don’t make it up to be one in your head. Be excited that you have gotten to the point in your career pursuit where they are interviewing you and use this as a learning experience.
Tip 2: Do your research. Make sure that, before you go into the interview, you have researched the company that you are interviewing to work at and the person that is going to be conducting the interview. Knowing information about the company and the interviewer will help you better answer the questions they are going to ask you and will show that you cared enough to take the time to prepare and learn about their company.
Tip 3: Be positive. Having a positive attitude and smiling can do wonders during an interview. You never know if the interviewer has had a bad day, and your positive spirit might have been just what they needed to feel better. Also, these people aren’t looking for unenthusiastic deadbeat coworkers. They want someone who is excited to work at their company and is enthusiastic about learning the profession. Genuinely smiling throughout an interview will show that you are excited to be there, which is what the interviewer wants to see.
Tip 4: Dress appropriately. This is so important, but it is often ignored. Most people just think that you need to look professional, which is a very important aspect, but you also need to be comfortable. Don’t wear a skirt that you are constantly going to have to pull down, shoes that you clearly can’t walk in, or a shirt that you will constantly be fidgeting with. This looks very immature and unprofessional and will not go well in an interview. Wear clothes that you feel confident in, can move around comfortably in, and are of a professional style.
Tip 5: Ask Questions. The worst thing you can do in an interview is if you don’t ask any questions. This makes it seem like you aren’t very interested and that you didn’t pay full attention to what the interviewer was saying. You should ask at least one question, even if it is very broad because one question will typically lead to other potential questions you can ask. Asking questions shows that you are very interested in the job and that you are really taking in what the interviewer is saying.
Tip 6: Have fun with it! Don’t let yourself get so overwhelmed that you end up hating the process. The least you will get out of this is valuable interview experience that will help you learn the skills to nail any interview that comes your way!