How to Nail an Interview

You have your application turned in for that job you always wanted, but now you have an interview. What do you do? Interviews can be very daunting and stressful, but they do not have to be. There are a few tips and suggestions that will help you nail that job interview!

First things first, be prepared! This is very important because they will ask you questions regarding their business, what they stand for, and about the position you are applying for. What you should do before the interview is 1) check out their website to find out more about them (mission statement, what does their business do, etc.). 2) Do you agree with what they stand for? Figure out why you may or may not. 3) Understand the job description. Then make a mental list of ways your past experiences (in life or previous employment opportunities) relate to the job you are applying for. 4) Role play potential questions you may be asked by the interviewer. Don’t know what kind of questions you may be asked? Ask a parent, teacher, counselor, or friend to help think of interview questions to quiz you on.

 Secondly, dress to impress. The first impression is always the most important. It never hurts to dress in nice office attire or a dress that is professional. If you overdress, don’t sweat it because you can always tone it down later on once you have the job. Once you see other people in the office environment, you can get a feel for what is appropriate attire and what isn’t.  If in doubt, it is always good to ask your supervisor too. (Check out this link to get more tips on proper attire!)

Thirdly, when you are being asked questions by your interviewer, be sure to not ramble. It is ok to answer questions in-depth, but do not go on and on about your life experiences if they only asked what qualifies you for the position. Remember that good eye contact is important because it shows that you are truly interested in the position. Also, be sure to turn off your cell phone before your interview-even before you get into the office while you wait.  This is to be respectful of their space and the environment while maintaining professionalism.

Fourth, have questions ready to ask at the end of your interview, as well as a copy of work related references. Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions, but be sure they aren’t simple questions that you should know based on your previous company research. It is okay to ask about when you get paid and vacation times, however this should maybe wait until you have the job. In case you already have family vacation planned, you should let your employer be aware of possible dates you will be gone.

All of the preparation you did before the interview will help you feel confident and it will show! Remember to be yourself, be honest, and show interest.  Being enthusiastic and positive are always good things to keep in mind. Now that you have these tips, take a few deep breaths, clear your mind and get that job you have always been wanting!

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