So you find the job of your dream listed online, in the local paper or even by word of mouth. You take your time and knock the written part of the application right out of the park. It’s so good that you get that phone call asking you to come in for a face to face interview. And then you fall to pieces. In many cases it’s how you sell yourself during your job interview more so than your qualifications and your written application that will get you the job. To help you get over those job interview nerves or to give you some general tips, please read on for how to stand the best chance of getting that job!
Give Yourself Enough Time To Get To The Job Interview
There is nothing worse than having to rush into an interview with like 1 minute to spare or even worse showing up late. You may have totally legit reasons for being late, but to them it will seem like you are unreliable and that the job is not all that important for you. So make sure you wake up nice and early, get ready in plenty of time, even have a little time to relax and prepare and then make sure you leave your place with more than enough time to make it there.
Keep Busy While Waiting
Chances are you are going to have to sit in a waiting room, so do not just sit there staring at the wall or gawking at each and every person who walks past. You want to look nice and confident in the waiting room. A great piece of advice is to use this time to do something productive, check your emails on your phone, write down a few notes in a notepad to keep your mind active and make you look busy. Just do something to keep your mind from freaking out in the waiting room. If you have written down some notes or pieces of advice for yourself take a moment to read them.
Find Out Information About The Company
You are not being creepy or a suck up by doing this. But do your homework and find out as much information about the company as you can. Then during the job interview let little things slip in about how you have researched what the company does. Find out what the company does or what they are having trouble with and then tell them how you can deal with this! It shows good initiative and that you are willing to go and do work on your own.
No one should show up to an job interview in jeans and a haggard T-shirt. Now I am not saying that you should be wearing a fancy hat and a monocle, but make sure at the very least you look well dressed and smart. Make sure your hair is not wild and that there are no stains all over your clothes. Some people will go as far to buy a whole new outfit, but I think as long as you look smart then you are fine.
Be Polite & Friendly
Do not go around smiling like a crazy person. But make sure you make a point to say hello, nice to meet you to every person that you have contact with. Some people take this way too far and come across as insincere, but a friendly smile and a nice to meet you make you come off as a pleasant person without being too pushy.
The worst thing you can do in an job interview is lie. You may exaggerate your abilities and you may say you are more enthusiastic about something that you really are, but never actually lie. For example, if they ask if you know how to work a certain machine, do not lie and say yes. An appropriate answer is no, but I am more than willing and look forward to learning how to use it. You already nailed the written part of the application. Try and be that same person here.
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