5 Tips to Prepare for This First ‘Real’ Job Interview

You’ve sent out résumés and have been known as in for your first interview.

  1. Dress professionally. No midriff shirts, low-cut blouses or even flip-flops because you’re going to work rather than the shore. While it is not necessary to buy a suit, it’s particularly important to look professional. If you are attempting to get work in a traditional office like an accounting firm, do not dress as though you were visiting a concert. If you are applying for a retail place, you’ve got a bit more freedom. Rather than list what clothes is and is not acceptable, I’d tell you to dress as if you were going to fulfill one of the most important people in your life- because you are!
  2. Ensure you are well-groomed. Don’t look like you just rolled out of bed and could not bother to take care of basic personal hygiene. Nothing is likely to produce the HR Manager bring the interview to a close faster compared to unwashed hair, dirty fingernails or body odor. As an employee, you’ll be a manifestation of the business and no customer would like to do business with an unkempt person.
  3. Be conscious of your body language. A firm handshake at the start of the interview shows you are self-confident. Maintain eye contact, remain relaxed and be careful to the interviewer. Ask questions and listen thoughtfully to the answers. Consider before you answer questions in the interviewer- do not ramble and maintain the conversation on this issue.
  4. Research the company ahead- each business today has a website where you could learn what they do and who their customers are. This shows the interviewer you’re interested in the job and took the initiative to learn everything you could about the business.
  5. Be present in the interview. I’ve interviewed applicants who acted like they had been waiting for a bus. They didn’t ask questions, but rather just listened to me, and I was not really certain if they were paying attention. After listing all the duties required of the position, I asked one candidate if this sounded like something she’d be interested in. Her answer was silent, “I could do the job” She didn’t answer my question, she appeared indifferent, and she didn’t receive the job. If you cannot be enthusiastic about the interview, you’re not going to be more energized at the workplace.

First impressions count, and you want to let the interviewer know you want the job, are eager to work hard and will do your best. You may not always be the most qualified candidate, but still, land the job because you were the most outstanding one. Good luck!

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