No matter what career path you want to take, you will eventually have to sit in front of a prospective employer and sell yourself as a model employee. Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s for a position that you want or need to get started along your career path. As a young professional, or as someone entering the workforce for the first time, interviewing for the job you want can be scary. Here are some tips to help you nail your job interview and leave a lasting positive impression on your future employer.
Dress for the Part
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to a job interview. Dressing for the job you want helps you with leaving an immediate good impression. From the moment you announce yourself to the receptionist, you’re carefully graded on your professionalism and character. While waiting for the interview to start, make sure you maintain a friendly demeanor in the hall. Turn off your phone and sit up straight.
Know Who You’re Talking To
Now that you’ve made the first impression, it’s time to wow the interviewer with your knowledge about the job. Ideally, you’ll have enough time before the interview to research the company: its values, financials, history, corporate responsibility, etc. There’s nothing wrong with bringing a little notepad with important information written down as a cheat sheet. Having a notepad on hand will also help you write down anything during the interview that you don’t want to forget or that you want to ask about later. Oh, and speaking about writing things down, make sure to include the name of the interviewer.
Practice Your Answers
Every interview is going to be different, but you can correctly guess the kinds of questions you’re going to be asked. No matter what you do, don’t “wing it.” While you can’t know exactly what the interviewer will say, you can at least practice your answers to common questions, such as:
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