Arriving for your first job interview may be a bit scary, but you’ve got this. I know you do, because you’re reading this informative message on how to rock that interview.
- Show up. Yeah, I know you probably have this part in hand, but let me tell you what I mean by show up. First the physical attributes of showing up: take a shower, put on your ‘better clothes’, comb your hair, and tie your shoes. SHAVE if you’re a guy, and smile (no matter who you are).
- Be on time, or even a little early, so you have a chance to be comfortable and ‘at ease’ when you actually do your interview. Sometimes it’s good to arrive a bit early and walk up to the door of the building, then wait a few minutes, noticing who comes and goes and their demeanor. SMILE. Open the door if you’re available to do that, and then enter, ready to meet your interviewer.
- Be prepared. Know the correct pronunciation of the company name and hopefully your interviewer’s name.
- Have your resume ready to give the interviewer, even if you’ve emailed them one, or dropped one off, have another ready.
- Stand up straight. Sit up straight. Don’t slouch. Look at the interviewer, make eye contact.
- Offer a strong, secure, well done hand shake, no squishy hands or strong arming the interviewer.
- Listen. They’re talking TO you, so listen up.
- Don’t interrupt.
- Answer the questions.
- Have a few questions of your own ready to ask, and don’t be shy about letting your interviewer know that you’ve done your homework.
These suggestions are all based on experienced interviewees, who got the job.
Funny how that works… If you really want the job, you do what works.
Have some idea what you want from the job, what you have to offer the employer, and how you’ll feel about working for this company. Are you excited? Let the interviewer know that you’re anticipating this job.
Don’t be disheartened by being offered a starting position.
One young man accepted a starting position at a local business outlet, fresh out of high school. He hadn’t had any other ‘real’ jobs, and was looking forward to finding something he could make some good money doing, but he really needed to be able to support himself. The job he was offered, resulted in low end pay, but he took it anyway.
He needed work. So he accepted the job.
He knew from past experience that hard work, determination, and dedication to the company would take him further, faster, than moving from job to job, so he stuck it out, tightened his belt and often walked to work, because he couldn’t afford gas, and insurance for his car. He stuck it out, through the probationary period, and almost immediately after, his boss promoted him into a little bit better paying job. He continued to stick it out and get better and better at his job, improving the company income by serving his customers with a great attitude. Many of his customers offered up reviews on Yelp and other Referral, Recommendation sites, and his boss noticed. When another employee was getting ready to leave, he asked the boss if he could have that position, which resulted in much higher pay. He got it.
Hard work pays off.
You can achieve your dream job if you’re willing to work hard to get to it. Sometimes, it takes a while, a lot of effort and a lot of work, but the end result is well worth it.
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