In today’s economy a single interview can be the mirror to your future. Making a good first impression is more important than ever before. Interviews can be nerve-wracking, uncomfortable, and all together awkward, but a few tips can help you keep your composure and impress the pants off of a potential employer.
1. Dress to Impress
It seems self-explanatory right? Wrong. Sometimes people have the notion that they only need to dress professional for certain types of jobs or for formal interviews, but you have to take it to the next level. Right after graduating from high school I trotted through the local mall in a complete dress suit to fill out applications. I nailed a job on the spot! I was later told they hired me because of how professional I looked. You can never be over dressed. Whether turning in an application, inquiring about positions, or going in for that final interview make sure to look your best.
2. Do your research
Research the employer ahead of time. Learn as much as you can about the company. Not only is this going to prepare you for the kind of questions you might receive, but the interviewer will also be impressed with all your knowledge.
3. Be Prepared
Again somewhat self-explanatory, but there’s a few extra steps you can take. Find out how many interviewers will be present. Make sure to bring a copy of your resume for each interviewer and one for yourself. Bring along anything else you think highlights your strengths. To a recent interview I brought data and pamphlets from a recent internship as well as a few research papers I did in college. The interviewer will appreciate your organization and preparedness and have hard evidence that demonstrates your skills.
4. Practice Questions
Try to determine what kind of questions they may ask you. These could be a mixture of basic and job-specific questions. Search for most popular interview questions online and practice your answers. Work with a friend or in front of the mirror. It may seem silly at first, but you’ll feel much more comfortable when the real thing happens.
Overall, just remember to be confident and be yourself. Preparing yourself with these simple tips will make the interview process much more comfortable. Landing the job will just be the icing on the cake.