It can be a nerve-wrecking prospect to think about your
impending job interview. What will you say? How will you dress?
What if the interviewer asks questions for which you don’t
know the answers? These are all questions you may run through your
mind before ever meeting the prospective employer.
But while interviews can be intimidating, they don’t
have to be feared – especially if you come equipped with the
right knowledge. So let’s look at three tips that can help
you place the job you want in the palm of your hands.
Tip #1: Conduct Practice Q&A
Before you ever set foot on the property of your prospective
employer, it is important that you mentally prepare for the
challenge you’re up against. Being that you’ve never
interviewed before, it may seem impossible to prepare for the
unknown. But luckily for you, there are bound to be some
individuals in your life who have been on job interviews. So give
them a job of helping you prepare.
A good way to start your preparation is by first conducting
some research on the company you are interested in working for.
After you’ve learned the company’s overall mission,
what they look for in employees, and most importantly, what they
want in the hiring position, you can give this information to your
helper. Then he or she can compose interview questions, have you
show up for the mock interview in full attire, and ask the
questions so that you can begin to feel comfortable with the
Tip #2: Dress for Success
This is probably one of the more important aspects of
interviewing for any position, no matter how casual you think it
might be. The prospective employer wants to confirm how serious you
are about the job, something that is partially accomplished by
dressing up in business attire for the interview.
While this may seem to be common sense to some, there are many
newcomers to the world of interviewing who show up wearing khaki
pants or low-cut tops. So if you already knew that wearing a
business suit (clean with no wrinkles) is the way to go, good job.
But if you were just about to walk out of the door in your T-shirt
and khakis, you may want to go change your clothes.
Tip #3: Speak from the Heart
Starting off in your practice Q&A session, and eventually
transitioning into your actual interview, it is important that you
place personal value on your decision to apply for the job. If you
go into the interview thinking that you won’t like the job,
the interviewer might sense the apprehension and pass you up for
the position. However, if you come in genuinely enthusiastic about
the position, it will be much easier for you to find the right
words to express that enthusiasm.
If you follow these three tips, you’ll be that much
closer to securing the job of your dreams. So practice, practice,
practice with your Q&A session, go buy a suit that makes you
feel comfortable, and go to the interview with great passion.
You’ll see that your budding confidence in your interviewing
skills will skyrocket in time for your very first