How to Rock Your First Job Interview

1.)               Do your research

Make sure you research the company before the interview. By doing this, you’ll be more prepared to answer questions such as- Why do you want this position? Also, when the interviewer gives you a chance to ask questions, you will be able to ask intelligent questions related to the company and job role.

2.)              Dress and Groom professionally

People will look at you strangely if you walk into an interview for a corporate job in a mini-skirt. Know the culture of the place that you are interviewing for and try to dress appropriately. Men– don’t engulf yourself in cologne. Not everyone’s noses can take strong smells. Bad breath is a no-no. Females – make sure your nails and hair styles look professional.

3.)              Be early, but not too early

Arrive 5-10 minutes before your interview but no more than 15-20 minutes early. If an unavoidable emergency does pop up or you get stuck in serious traffic, then call the interviewer to let them know you’re going to be late. Showing up late without a phone call is a guaranteed way to lose out on a job.

4.)                Turn your phone off

Getting random calls and texts while you’re talking with a hiring manager can be distracting and ruin your interview. And if it does ring, don’t even think about answering your phone.

5.)                Make a Good First Impression

A positive first impression is crucial in an interview. Introduce yourself, speaking clearly and with confidence, shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, and make eye contact.

6.)             Watch Your Body Language

Building a rapport with the interviewer will help him or her remember you. Be friendly – it will even help you to feel more at ease. Remember to smile and have a pleasant demeanor and body language. Your whole body should show that you’re relaxed and friendly.

7.)              Ask the right questions.

Not asking questions is a sure way to show the hiring manager you’re not interested in the position or company. By asking the right questions, you can get valuable information about the position and company that you can use on future interviews or to make your case as to why you’d be the perfect fit for the role.  If you did your research you’ll probably have some type of question.

8.)             Follow up

After the interview, immediately send the interviewer a handwritten thank you note. You may also choose to send a thank you email in addition to the handwritten note. This will help the interviewer recall your name and face.