By: Esperanza Poquiz; Edited by Jul DeGeus
The interview process is often found to be nerve-wracking, but preparing yourself can help relieve some of the stress. These training tips can help brace you for your next interview session:
Before the Interview
Gathering materials is essential when going into your interview. Have everything that you need organized and assembled the night before. Bring pens, a notebook, two or more copies of your resume, and your portfolio, if applicable. Research the company and its mission statement prior to the meeting. You should have at least three questions relevant to the company or the position you applied for ready to ask your interviewer.
Dress For the Job You Want
Wearing appropriate clothing promotes a lasting first impression. Stay away from busy patterns and wear neutral colors like: gray, black, white and navy blue. Upon the initial meeting, be sure to have great posture, a firm handshake and a smile on your face.
Confidence is Key
During the engagement, remain confident. Stay away from touching your face and playing with your hair. Keep hand gestures to a minimum and speak with proper grammar. Projecting enthusiasm allows the hiring manager see your interest in obtaining the position, as well as your positivity. Show them that you are able to take initiative and know what you want.
Refrain from stating negative comments about previous employment. Be brief on why you no longer have a position. Don’t focus too much on pay or schedules; these are more appropriate to talk about in a second interview or after you have received a job offer. Turn off or silence your phone and do not use it during the interview.
Once you feel that you are ready, test these tips and conduct a mock interview with your friends or family. Good luck with your next interview!