A job interview usually feels intimidating. And why shouldn’t it? It is usually the final step in securing a job position. Ace it and you’ll be working at the office immediately. Bomb it and all your previous hard work will be for nothing.
If you have a job interview soon and are unsure of how to conduct yourself properly, here are some tips to bear in mind.
Dress Professionally. Remember that you’re going to a job interview not a party. Wearing business attire is the norm, although some offices do allow applicants to come in a smart casual outfit. But to be on the safe side, it’s better to wear classy office clothes. Keep in mind that first impressions are usually very important to employers and they often judge you accordingly. What people wear reveals a lot about them. If you dress haphazardly, your employer might think you are a messy person and that is certainly not an admirable trait for a future employee. Dress smartly to make a good first impression.
Smile and Be Courteous at all Times. Smiling establishes that you are happy to have been granted an interview. However, don’t smile all the time as this may be taken the wrong way by your interviewer. Be sure to be courteous when answering questions. Avoid wisecracks and inappropriate conduct like laughing too hard or joking too much. Believe me. Some interviewees have acted way too comfortable during their interviews.
Answer Directly and Straight to the Point. When asked a question, just answer it as directly as possible. Don’t ramble and provide irrelevant information. It is important to be confident and honest with all your answers. Remember that you are trying to sell yourself to the interviewer but don’t overdo it. This is especially true with information that just overinflates your qualifications. Interviewers can always see through applicants and misleading them leads to rejection.
Come to the Interview Prepared. When you are scheduled for an interview, don’t forget to bring extra copies of your resume because you never know when the need will arise. Do some research on the company you are applying for as well. Sometimes interviewers ask about the company and it’s impressive when an applicant already knows something about it. Knowing a little about the company could potentially land you the job. Be sure to understand the position’s responsibilities. It would be embarrassing for you to get asked about this and not have a suitable answer.
Be Punctual. If possible, arrive at the interview at least 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment. Being late to the job interview tells a lot about your commitment to the job you are applying for.
These are just some simple tips that can greatly help at your job interview. Don’t let nervousness get the better of you! Exude confidence so that you can secure the position.