You know what they say when you go for an interview: first impression counts. Whether you are applying for a corporate or creative post, the first thing that your interviewer noticed is your outer appearance. Then there’s the interview itself. You might encounter a one-on-one interview process or group interview with other candidates. Whichever way it is, it’s understandable that going for an interview can be a daunting experience. After all, when you made your first step into the office, you are naturally hoping to nail the interview and secure that new job of yours. Now, without further ado, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you go for a job interview:
- Know the Dress Code
Although it is a common knowledge that you should look sharp when you going for a job interview, it’s still down on the type of job you have applied. Of course it’s wise and logical for you to dress up in a crisp white long-sleeve shirt, black pants and black leather shoes when you apply for a corporate post.
But, let’s say, what if you apply for a graphic designer post? Do you come to such interview dressing in a hip and stylish fashion wear? Or do you dress in a casual T-shirt-and-jeans combo? Frankly, it’s a bad idea if you opted to choose either two of them.
So, the best thing you can do is to find out what kind of dress codes a certain company is practised. Do a little snooping. For instance, you can try to make friend with one of the company’s employees, especially from the Human Resource department.
Otherwise, you can always go for the tried-and-tested dress code when comes to a job interview: dress professionally. As for girls, coming to an interview dressed in sexy attires such as miniskirt or short shorts is strictly a no-no. This is not like a movie where you try to seduce your potential male employer with provocative dressing style.
- Do Some Company Research
Yes, that’s right. When you apply a job, it’s best for you to do some homework about the company before you go to the interview. Learn about the company’s history and culture. Get familiarise on what the company is, what it does and so on. After all, you do not want to end up getting all blurry or unsure what to say when your interviewer asks you about the company. Suffice to say, company research can help strengthen your interview process. Best of all, it also shows you are taking initiative and showing great interest of the company you are applying for.
If you want to ace on something, practise always makes perfect. The same theory also applies when comes to a job interview. So, before you go to the interview, make time to practise. For instance, you can ask your best friend or family member to conduct an interview with you. That way you will find out whether your voice sounds too loud or too soft, or if you hesitate a lot when you talk about yourself. Get comfortable and practise more, so when the real interview arrives, you can at least sound confidence and natural at the same time.
Staying calm is one of the keys of smooth interview process. Getting all jumpy and sweaty is not going to help your cause, only worsen your situation. So the night before your interview day, make sure you get enough sleep. After all, you do not want to show up to a morning or an afternoon interview with panda eyes and tired-looking face, right? On the day itself, also make sure you fueled up your stomach with proper and wholesome meal.
- Ask Questions
Going to a job interview is not like attending to a court where you, as a witness or a suspect, only requires answering whatever question a lawyer is asking. That said, try your best to be conversational but don’t get overly friendly or casual. Take initiative by asking more about the job and the company. This is to show your interviewer the level of your interest in the position. But one important thing to keep in mind is never ever ask about the salary in the first interview. Always remember that the first interview concerns about what you can offer to the company and why you are fit to take up the post you are applying for. The salary comes later, which mostly on the second interview if you are being shortlisted.
- Put a Smile on Your Face
Yes, going to a job interview can be stressful. But that doesn’t mean you should show up scared or expressionless. So, always project a smile when you meet your interviewer. This is to show your bright and positive personality. Just remember that looking dull or overly serious won’t get you anywhere.
- Thank You and Firm Handshake
Whether you nail the first interview or not, always remember to say thank you and make sure your handshake is firm but not too hard or weak. You can follow up with a thank-you note via email. After all, showing good manners and common courtesy can help impress your interviewer.