By: Gabrielle Muniz
Preparing for a job interview can be stressful, so here are some tips to get you feeling confident about landing that job opportunity!
- Do Research on the Company
Wherever you decide to work, make sure you find as much information as you can on the business. Try to find their website so that you can get a feel for the atmosphere, customer satisfaction, and expectations that come with this workplace.
- Plan Your Attire Ahead of Time
Wear clothes that are both conservative comfortable. You want to give an impression that you are a professional, but you also don’t want to be distracted by uncomfortable clothes. Also, cologne or perfume should not be too strong.
- Don’t Be Late
Get directions for where you have to go and practice driving there if you have to. Try to make it to the interview ten minutes early, but the worst case scenario is to call the interviewer if you’re running late. Be prepared to leave home early either way.
- Practice a Good Handshake
Make sure that your palm is in place with the interviewer’s palm to avoid giving a weak handshake with just your fingers. Shake the hand up and down only about three times while keeping that eye contact. Your hand should only be as tight as it would with a light massage, so don’t overcompensate with too strong of a handshake!
- Maintain Eye Contact
Body language is so important for a good first impression. Keeping your posture straight, your shoulders back, and maintaining eye contact will all tell the interviewer that you’re confident. A smile leaves an even more positive impression when your eyes are fixed on a person.
- Be Truthful
Lies have a way of coming back at you. Don’t feel like you have to yes your interviewer to death. If there is a skill that you do not have, then just let them know of something comparable that you can do.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Feel free to be inquisitive, but don’t start off by asking about vacation time. Try going for a questions about the interviewer, such as how they got to this point in their career or what their management style is like. This will allow the interviewer to become engaged and feel like you’re really interested.
- Thank the Interviewer through Email and in Person
Once the interview has ended, immediately thank the interviewer for their time. Also, be sure to thank him or her through an email and add that you appreciate the opportunity. Politeness and appreciation will always go a long way!