Job interviews. They’re unpredictable, nerve-racking, and generally awkward.
Depending on the type of job and position you’re applying for, each interview will be different and giving advice for every possible scenario would be impossible. But there are a few rules of etiquette that should always be abided by and will help you make the best first impression possible.
1. Do your research
Make sure you’re knowledgeable about the company and the position you’re applying for.
2. Dress appropriately
This all depends on the type of job you’re interviewing for. If you’re unsure, always air on the side of being more professional. Stick with solid colors and office-appropriate styles. If the job doesn’t require a uniform, wear something similar to what you’d wear if you were hired. Always avoid baggy clothes, excessive layers, and flashy jewelry. Makeup and hair should be sleek, simple, and fresh.
3. Arrive on-time
Never late and no more than 10 minutes early. You don’t want the interviewer to feel rushed.
4. Bring a resume, paper, and pen
It’s best to have two copies of your resume (just in case) along with a paper and pen for jotting down notes. Keep your resume clean and relevant– in other words, don’t include jobs that have nothing to do with the position you’re applying for. If possible, limit it to one page and make sure it’s well-organized. Need help? Resumizer has great free downloadable resume templates.
5. Turn off your phone
Just do it. You do not want to be the person who’s phone goes off in the middle of an interview.
5. Be yourself
Smile, maintain good posture and exude confidence. Don’t turn on the phony “charm” or be overly-enthusiastic. Simply be honest and present the most genuine version of yourself.
6. Be prepared to answer:
-Tell me a little about yourself
–What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
–What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
–Tell me about a time that you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
–Why do you want this job?
7. Say thank you
Always, always, always thank the interviewer (and anyone else you talked to) for their time and consideration. Ask when you should expect to hear from them and don’t follow up until then. After the interview, mail over a brief thank-you note to show your appreciation. Little things like that leave a lasting impression and will set you apart when they’re looking to hire people in the future.
Think about it this way– interviewers want to hire you. They want to find the perfect person for the position so that they won’t have to search anymore. So, don’t stress and have fun. You got this.
Here’s to the perfect interview…