You did it! Well, half of it. Applying for that potential job position and managing to beat out half of the applicants to secure a spot for an interview – but now comes the other half of this excitingly terrifying ordeal. It’s time for the dreaded interview that could either make or break a brand new opportunity. Don’t fret; we have some tips for you to take away the stress, to stay calm, and charm your future boss. In no time you’ll be shaking hands, jumping outside the building and then you’re going to be calling mum, elated over your new accomplishment. You’ve got this!
As soon as you get the holy email that you’ve gotten the interview, start your research on your potential employer and company. Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and even just looking around at reviews – use the time before the interview to immerse yourself with the company’s mission and background so that you’re fully prepared to allocate your skills and knowledge to the needs of the company. ‘Being prepared is how you’ll stand out’, as stated by Andrea Kay, author of This Is How To Get Your Next Job.
2. Don’t Talk Money
Even if you tell yourself not to think about it, the talk of money is always at the tip of the tongue and filtering around the brain during an interview – after all, you need to celebrate after getting the job, right? So tempting. But the talk of money will instantly be a bad impression on your part towards your employer that you’re not entirely dedicated to the potential position within the company. They want to see that you’re genuinely interested in the job as a worthwhile investment of your time, not just as a means of a paycheck.
Yes, ladies and gentle – the outfit that you choose to wear for the interview may be a huge factor in landing that dream job. Deciding on what to wear a day before (from shoes to the tiniest details of accessories really do count) will help with giving off a fantastic and productive first impression. It also shows that as a potential employee, your appearance will give them a positive image. Also make sure that if you’re applying for any branded/retail jobs that you don’t wear anything outstanding from a competitor. Just think about Andy from Devil Wears Prada when she walked into the room – Miranda Priestly was ready to kick her out, if not for her wit.
4. Be Timely
It pays to be overly prepared when you’re nervous. Employers are usually quick with making a decision based on first impressions and personality traits of potential employees, so ensure that you’re not late! Looking up the exact directions and allowing for travel time (so that you can mentally prepare and touch up) is essential. Your attention should be on making a fantastic first impression and being on time.
5. Don’t Forget To Smile
The crème de la crème of all interview tips – don’t forget to smile! Employers are looking for employees who are not going to bring in the skills for their company, but also someone who will become pleasant and friendly to work with. Studies have even shown that smiling lowers stress and aggression – leaving for a flawless interview to proceed.