Are you looking for your first job? You might be worried about a lot of things, including how to handle your first interview. So now what do you do? You’re probably a little scared and that’s okay. It shows you’re taking the interview seriously. After all, you’re one step closer to getting your first job and on the road to increased independence. Isn’t that what it’s all about? So nail the interview! Here are a few tips to help:
- Don’t be late! Whatever you do, DO NOT be late. Being late or running in at the last moment gives the impression that you’re not serious about getting the job.
- Show up at least 15 minutes ahead of time and wait patiently. DO NOT look annoyed if your interviewer is running behind. You’re probably not the only one being brought in for an interview. Remember it’s not personal.
- Dress appropriately. A ripped and dirty T-shirt or a mini-skirt that barely covers the assets is not acceptable. Use common sense. When it comes to interview, it’s better to be overdressed (in suits and tie) than underdressed.
- Do not smoke before the interview or while you are waiting. The smell will linger on your breath and clothes. A definite turn-off, especially if your interviewer is a non-smoker. Don’t take a chance.
- Do not chew gum during the interview.
- Try to look your interviewer in the eye when she’s talking or when you’re replying to questions. If you’re shy or nervous, this is sometimes difficult. Try anyway. It makes a really good impression.
- Always be polite and never swear. Being a smart aleck in an interview is never funny.
- Be honest. Give honest answers to the questions. Nobody likes a liar and nobody is going to hire someone they feel is being untruthful.
- If you have a question about the job or you’re not sure exactly what the job involves, ask.
- When the interview is over, thank the interviewer for her time. Remember she didn’t have to give you the interview. Thank her accordingly.
Get that interview call with the help of Style Resumes
Before worrying about the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. For fresh graduates, sometimes crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?
A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.