Job Interview Tips
Getting ready for a job interview can be an overwhelming task, especially considering how much pressure you're under to do well. It's not uncommon to apply to jobs for months without getting an interview invitation, even if you're fresh out of college. In hard times, it's especially critical that you be prepared so that you can seize the moment when it arrives. Here are some tips to help ensure you won't blow it when you finally get that important call.
This means not only practicing with a friend and having answers ready to common questions, but also brushing up on your appearance and looking professional. Don't wear a suit and go all out unless the job would demand the same or close to it; for business casual or uniform jobs, business casual garb is more appropriate for your interview. Always dress one step more formal than you'd expect to on the job. Make sure you're clean, that you don't smell bad, and that your hair is presentable. Makeup, jewelry, perfume and cologne are all fine, but don't overdo them. Aim to be memorable, but still conservative.
Don't be too early or late.
Not being late for your interview should be a given, but did you know it can be equally offensive to show up a half hour ahead of time? The last thing your interviewer wants is to feel pressured to rush to see you. Show up within five to ten minutes of your appointed time and no earlier. If you arrive at the building earlier than that, go find something to occupy your time with until then, and then present yourself. A last minute touch-up in the bathroom never hurts.
Establish rapport as early as you can.
When you meet your interviewer, pay close attention to the way he or she speaks and behaves, and then emulate that personality to the best of your ability without actually copying it. In other words, try to match the interviewer's general tone. This is one of the best ways to make your interviewer comfortable and to make him or her like you.
No matter what uncomfortable questions you're asked, keep things positive and keep them moving. You may be asked why you quit a job or were fired from one. If so, never say anything negative about any of your past employers; always focus on what you learned and how now you're able to do something which is a better match for you, such as the job you are applying for.
Hopefully with these tips you'll be better equipped to succeed at your next job interview. Unfortunately there is nothing which can guarantee that you'll get a job, but avoiding common mistakes is definitely a great start. Bring a couple copies of your resume with you to the interview so that you and the interviewer have something to reference and to move the conversation along with. Good luck getting your next job!