Job interviews can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you are new to the whole process. Here are some tips to help your interview go smoothly:
Come Prepared and On Time
This may sound like a no brainer, but many times people underestimate the time it takes to get to a job interview. Give yourself time for driving, plus half an hour to allow for finding the office and mentally preparing yourself. Take this time to review any questions you may have, turn off your phone, and make last minute touch ups to your appearance.
Dress the Part
This may be your one and only chance to make a good first impression. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, but let’s be honest – this isn’t the red carpet. Keep the perfume/cologne to a minimum and avoid distracting accessories.
Bring Your Resume
We cannot stress how important this is. Many managers and business owners will automatically not hire someone if he or she doesn’t take the initiative to bring copies of his or her resume to the interview. Not only is it considerate, but also it allows for an icebreaker at the beginning of the interview. Be sure to bring multiple copies of it in case there is more than one interviewer present.
Practice Confident Body Language
A lot can be said by body language alone. A firm handshake, a smile, and straight posture radiates confidence and professionalism in a way that words alone cannot convey. Avoid nervous ticks like fidgeting, toe tapping, or playing with your hair. You want to show that you are calm and confident in your work.
End the Interview on a High Note
Ask questions. This shows you’ve researched the company and put time and thought towards the interview. It may be a simple step, but will leave your potential employer with something to think about after the interview is over. Remember to thank your interviewer for their time when the interview has concluded, and follow up a few days later with a thank you email. (If you really want to stand out, consider mailing a thank you card.) This gesture is not only polite, but keeps you on the forefront of your employer’s mind.
Above all else, be yourself. Sure – talent, capability, and proficiency is a big part of landing a job, but so is personality. You’re awesome, so sell yourself to your future employers, or in public relations terminology, “market” yourself. Marketing clients is something Cork Tree Creative is an expert at. In fact, we have recently been awarded Best Marketing Firm and Best PR Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Visit us at https://www.corktreecreative.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.