In my allll my years in the “professional” world (okay, like 7 years) I have had many job interviews and have picked up some tips and tricks to land that job or internship. So, listen up and take some notes!
1. Dress to impress. It is time to get off of your couch, brush your hair and pick out an outfit that screams confidence and professionalism. While you may want to wear bright colors, according to Women’s Health, it is best to stay away from super vibrant colors because it takes focus off of your charming personality and distracts the interviewer. Instead, dress yourself in either white, grey or black. White screams cleanliness while black is the color of authority I chose to wear this little grey ensemble when I landed an amazing internship. Grey represents sophistication and confidence.
2. Do Your Research! According to a survey of over 2000 businesses, one of the most common mistakes an interviewee will make is not knowing much about the company. So, do yourself a favor and find the company’s website, take a look at their reviews and even look at their social media pages. What does the company stand for? What is their most successful venture to date? What ideas do you have for the company? Feel free to write these things down and use them as answers during your interview!
3. Ask Questions. In order to make a lasting impression, you’ll want to have some questions for the person interviewing you! This is important because you will appear to be a forward-thinker and someone who truly has the company’s interest at heart. According to MintLife Blog, the top 4 questions to ask at the end of the interview include:
- “Is There Any Reason Why You Wouldn’t Hire Me?”
- “As an Employee, How Could I Exceed Your Expectations?”
- “How Could I Help Your Company Meet Its Goals?”
- “What Excites You About Coming into Work?”
4. Be ready for their questions. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to not be thrown off by any question thrown your way! So take some time to review and really think about the following questions and be able to briefly answer them. The top questions to be asked in interviews include:
- Tell me about your experience…
- Why do you want to work for us?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What do you know about our company?
- Tell me about yourself…
5. Be Aware of What Your Non Verbal Cues Are Saying. Communication is not just what we say, but how we say it and our body language. So, watch for these cues that give off a not-so positive and self conscious message:
- Playing with your hair/touching your face
- Bad posture
- Failure to make eye contact
- Crossing your arms over your chest
- A weak handshake!
Alright, these tips I researched and followed in my most recent interview and landed the position! I hope they help!
Now, get out there and go get ’em tiger…and umm…brush your teeth!