5 Tips for a Successful Job Interview
Everyone wants to make a great first impression and land their dream job. Job interviews can be quite stressful. Here are a few helpful tips to prepare you for that big interview!
- Research the company
It is always a good idea to take some time to do some background research on the company. This way if they ask you anything pertaining to the nature of their business or brand, you can answer intelligently. It also makes you look like you are really invested in the job for which you are applying. It only takes a few minutes to do some online research and it can definitely help make a good impression.
- Map Out Your Travel Plans in Advance
You should already try to plan out your travel itinerary for the interview in advance. You need to find the safest and shortest route to the location, especially if you are traveling via public transit. You can look up your route on Mapquest or Google Maps to get an estimated travel time. Always factor in such details as weather and traffic conditions and other instances which may arise, such as transit delays. It is also a good idea to do a practice run a day or two prior to the interview if you are able to do so. Also check out the parking situation at your location prior to your interview as this can save you a great deal of time that day.
You should always leave early before an interview to give yourself plenty of travel time. You will want to arrive at the interview location at least 15 minutes early. This will leave a good first impression. Also you might have to fill out paperwork before the interview.
- Dress Appropriately
Although a lot of companies have switched to a more relaxed dress code, it can’t hurt to dress in business formal attire. It sure you are serious about the job. Also make sure your hair and makeup (if applicable) are neat and clean. It is always best to opt for an elegant, minimalist look. You don’t want to appear overly flashy, unless you are interviewing for a trendy fashion magazine.
- Show Enthusiasm and Confidence
Have a positive, poised and professional attitude. Exude an air of confidence and professionalism. Be courteous to everyone you meet and always offer to shake hands, say please and thank you and always make eye contact.
- Be Flexible
Do not allow yourself to become distracted by your surroundings. Pay close attention to the person conducting the interview. Make eye contact, smile and sit upright in your chair. Take a second to think before answering each question and stick only to the pertinent facts. Never say anything negative about your previous employers.
Be prepared to “go with the flow.” Often times you may be given a tour of the facilities, asked to take a test, or participate in a group interview. Be flexible! It shows you are willing to adapt to any situation!