A job interview can be an intimidating experience. It’s the moment when you have to put your best foot forward and show them what you’re made of.
Below are some important tips that will help you stay confident, calm, and completely in control during an interview.
1. Play to your strengths and know your skills. Employers look for certain skills such as honesty, responsibility, and dependability. You need to be very familiar with your skill set before going on any interview. It’s important to identify your marketable skills.
2. Dress appropriately. Appearance plays a big part during an interview. Dress your best, look impeccable; wear clean clothes, and polished shoes.
3. Don’t overdo it. In contrast with popular belief, it’s not necessary to dress up for an interview. Too much make-up, jewelry, or perfume distracts from what's important: your skills, and your experience.
4. Forget cell phones. Before your interview, turn off your cell phone and put it away. Show that your only focus is on the job prospect.
5. Stay organized.The interviewer might ask for additional documents such as referrals, sample work or portfolio. Putting all your important papers in a binder will help you stay organized. Bring the information necessary to complete a job application, such as driver’s license, name and phone number of your past employer, etc.
6. Arrive on time. Know the location of the interview. Arrive on time and be courteous to everyone since you never know who has the power to influence a hiring decision.
7. Eye contact and handshake are crucial. Develop a solid handshake, sit up straight, and keep eye contact when you talk to people. A person's personality can be perceived based on eye contact. Direct eye contact shows high self-esteem and confidence, two important qualities all employers look for.
8. Honesty and humility matter. Be honest about your skills and work experience. No need to exaggerate! Be ready to give examples of your successful skill demonstrations at past jobs. Bad-mouthing a past employer shows lack of judgment on your part.
9. Show enthusiasm and be informed. Show enthusiasm about the job opportunity. Get information on the business, its services and products. Research the company’s web site and read their brochures.
10. Send a Thank-you email. This happens after the interview, but it’s a positive way to stay on an employer's mind. Sending a thank-you email is a polite gesture and it also gives you an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position.
TWO Bonus Tips:
11. Wear a Watch. This shows that you're a timely person who respects deadlines, etc. No one wants to hire someone that they feel may be tardy frequently.
12. Present an electronic business card. A chance to separate yourself from other interviewees is to bring a video business card (Vidi Pro) which has a high-quality video screen and speaker. You can load up to three of your most persuasive ideas alongside your business card and impress your potential future employer.