Interviewing for a job can be a very exciting and scary event. Be prepared with these ten first job interview tips so you can start a career.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, we’re assuming that you just landed your first job interview.
However, we also assume that you’ll need some help. No one is an expert at their first interview, but we sure do have ten amazing first job interview tips that’ll help. Keep reading to find out how you can impress your interviewers and get the job you’ve been wanting.
1. Calm Down
We understand that you’re probably really excited about this opportunity. You should definitely take a moment to celebrate and take your happiness in.
However, you shouldn’t bounce off the walls all the way into the interview. We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t show enthusiasm. In fact, we’re going to tell you the opposite of that.
Say thank you and express your gratitude, but don’t knock their socks off until the interview starts.
2. Get Smart
If you don’t know anything about the company you’re interviewing with, start researching now. They will ask you questions, and they will expect informed answers.
Plus, knowing about the company just shows how invested you are in them and in the position working for them. You’ll be a hit if you know some history and maybe even some bonus points for knowing the interviewers’ names and qualifications before meeting them.
We promise this isn’t creepy. As long as you don’t mention that you happened to see their home address in the search, then they should be impressed rather than dismayed.
3. Practice and Practice Some More
Since this is your first job interview, we imagine that you’ve had limited interview experience in the past. Job interviews are a different kind of interview beast.
All you have to do is look up some job interview questions and keep in mind that your answers should be original. You may also want to be honest if you don’t know the answer to a question.
It’s okay to say that you don’t know or aren’t sure, but you should be polite about it and explain how you’d find out or what you plan to do to understand whatever they’re asking about.
4. Prepare for Testing
We’re going to come right out and say it. If you’re doing any kind of drug, you need to stop in time for the testing. Most companies require testing and only a few will tell you exactly when the drug test is.
You should be sure to look up how long drugs stay in your system and which drugs show up on a test. Even if you vape you may want to ask the question, “Does CBD show up on a drug test?”
Do some research. When in doubt, stop.
5. Dress Right
The job that you’re applying for should have some sort of expected dress code. You should follow this as closely as you can.
However, you shouldn’t already show up in a McDonald’s uniform if you’re being interviewed there. That’s presumptuous and it may not go as well as you may think.
When in doubt, over-dress. You’d rather be wearing a suit in a room full of t-shirts than wearing a t-shirt in a room full of suits.
6. Don’t Be Late
You’ve probably been told this a million times, but don’t be late. Seriously, this is one of the worst first impressions you could leave.
If you’re late for the interview, you’re just showing them that you don’t care enough and that the job isn’t that important to you anyways.
Give yourself ample time to get ready. They’d rather have you an hour early than five minutes late. It sounds extreme, but that’s the truth of the adult world.
This one is such a simple trick that can go a long way.
Smiling is one of the best ways to put you and your interviewer(s) in a positive mindset. The chemistry behind smiling proves its positive effects.
Your interviewers want to see you smiling when you’re talking about working with them. If you’re frowning or showing a blank face, you’ll seem uninterested. They’ll think you won’t want the job, so you won’t get it.
If you’re nervous, just start with a smile. This will relax you and send your interviewer(s) a positive message about you, even if you’re stuttering through the interview.
8. Show Off
This interview is a time for you to show this company why they need you. If you think that they don’t, you have the wrong mindset.
Keep telling yourself that you are vital to the company. The interviewers will believe it.
Let them know about all of your qualifications and why you’re the best candidate for this position. Even if this interview is for a job as a cashier, you should let them know about your people skills.
There is a trick to this. Look at the job description before going into the interview. Gear everything you say about yourself towards the qualifications and characteristics that they’re looking for in the position.
9. Ask Questions
Remember that you aren’t the only one being interviewed. You are also interviewing them.
Don’t be desperate. You should ask them questions just like they’re asking you questions.
Make sure that they know that you want to know about their business plan and how the company culture is. Ask about promotional opportunities and future growth plans. Ask the interviewers about how they got started at the company.
Asking about the company’s future and being interested in being a part of that future will speak wonders to them and let them know that you’re truly invested. Asking about the interviewers will make you more personable and likable.
10. Say Thank You
At the end of the interview, you should say thank you. A few hours after the interview, you should send a thank-you email.
It may seem redundant and annoying, but we guarantee that the interviewer won’t forget you if you’re putting yourself out there like this.
Putting These First Job Interview Tips (and You) to Work
Every single one of these tips will help you succeed. Using every single one of them will guarantee you the position.
We wish you luck with your interview. Remember to smile and be interested.
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