“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
– Steve Martin
Interviewing with a company that could potentially be where you spend every day at for the next X amount of years can be nerve-wracking. But honestly, it doesn’t have to be! What you need to know is that the interviewer is typically rooting for you, not against you. Also, know that you are interviewing the company at the same time as they are interviewing you.
As long as you are prepared, you can be sure to rock your interview.
Here’s what you need to do:
Dress to impress:
The first thing any interviewer is going to notice is your appearance. Given this, be sure to dress professionally. No t-shirts, no wrinkles, no open-toed shoes, no pink/purple/green/blue hair!
This subject is a given and is heavily stressed already, so I won’t bother to emphasize it any longer than I need to. Just know your clothing, grooming and hygiene are the first things looked at and the first thing judged. Don’t underplay or overthink it. Dress in modest pieces that have neutral colors, comb your hair and walk in confident. You’ve got this!
Check out the post on 6 Professional Wardrobe Essentials for Guys and Girls for ideas on what to wear.
Being prepared is just as important as dressing appropriately for your interview. Preparation will reduce your nervousness and enable you to focus on the interviewer while they’re speaking instead of thinking of a response.
How do you prepare for an interview?
- Practice and rehearse typical interview questions before you go into your interview. Taking the time to have well thought out responses will significantly help during the interview process. FYP has Interview Questions You Need to Practice already for you! Click the link to start prepping.
- When an interviewer asks you if you have any questions, the answer should always be YES. You should ask questions like:
-What do you like most about working here?
-What is a typical day like in this role?
-How did you become a [their position] here at [company]?
-What do you believe it takes to be successful in this role?
Do your Research:
Researching the company prior to interviewing can help in two ways:
- When you’re asked questions during your interview such as, “Why do you want to work for [company],” you can confidently respond with answers that you’ve researched (the company’s mission, community involvement, business successes, etc.) instead of “I need a paycheck.”
- It helps you to know for certain if you want to work for the company. Based on your research, you can determine if they will be a good fit for you, if you want to be a part of the reputation they have, if they are an admirable place to work for, etc.
Once you’ve done these 3 things, you can be sure to rock your interview!
If you have any questions please comment below. I’d love to hear from you!