Just saying these two simple words can make a person sweat through their shirt: Job interview.
What do you say? What do you wear? What do you bring? What do they ask?
Then you go through every horrible scenarios in your mind that leads you to no getting the job.
Next thing you know you’re in absolute terror of what lies ahead.
I’d like to share with a few simple ways to impress your hiring committee:
1. Research the company!
Know if they’ve been in the news lately. Know their mission statement. Read a few profiles of people who already work their.
2. Read the job description carefully!
Be prepared to address how you would complete your job successfully. To know this, you have to know what you’re going to be doing! Look up anything you’re not sure what means before you go.
3. Give examples.
When you were a team leader, situations that you think could have been handled differently, ways you improved your last company, etc. For recent graduates, how you made that GPA, any internships you’ve done, volunteer work, group projects, and classes you took that were challenging, but you overcame!
4. Always, always prepare a few questions about the company and your job.
They will inevitability ask if you have any questions. Prepare some before you go. Ask more about their mission statement, their goals and how you help reach them, or about the job description itself.
5. Prepare answers to the most common questions.
Your strengths, weaknesses (and that you’re a perfectionist is not one of them), difficult situations you’ve resolved, how you are a team player, and why you think you will fit in with this company.
6. The simple things:
Dress to impress (even if it’s a job that requires a dirty shirt and jeans), arrive early, and bring copies of your resume with you.
Gentlemen: Button up, tie, slacks, nice shoes, and a coat.
Ladies: Pant suit or nice dress (that goes to your knees at least), heels, and a bland shirt. I say blandbecause you don’t want them to get distracted by your bold print or bright green shirt.
7. If they ask a question you don’t know the answer to, take a breath and think. Don’t ramble or sit there saying “Um, um, um, um…”
8. Get a hair cut a few days before you go. Be well groomed to stay looking sharp. And if you have any wacky hair colors (which the majority of jobs don’t allow), dye your hair! Cut you nails, no polish ladies!
9. Just because you’ve walked out of the room doesn’t mean your interview is over. Smile at the receptionist and send a thank you letter. Sending a nice letter expressing your appreciation for the interview and your excitement about the potential job keeps their mind on you and it shows that your interest level.
10. Finally. Be confident.
Easier said than done, right? Even if your freaking out on the inside, remember to sit up straight, smile, and keep the fidgeting to a minimum. You don’t have to know what you’re doing, but you need to appear that you do.