How To Prepare For An Interview
Posted October 27, 2008on:
Career 101 should be a mandatory course in college. Most people who go to their first interview don’t have job experience and often make little mistakes that affect their chances of landing that job. An interview can be very nerve-racking. You’re trying to impress your future boss while presenting yourself as the perfect person for their job and hoping you don’t make any mistakes at the same time. However, there are a couple of rules to obey in order to keep you cool and hopefully be on the payroll.
1) Show up on a few minutes early. This may seem like a “duh” rule, but a lot of people do not arrive to their interview on time and it gives them a bad first impression. If you don’t know the area well, have poor direction skills or have a habit of procrastinating, arrive a few minutes early just in case. Being early can give you enough time to freshen up and relax before your interview.
2) Google the Company. Let’s say you’re an aspiring fashion editor and you landed an interview with a Blush, new fashion magazine. You show up to the interview prepared to ace it and plan start off telling your story of how your love affair with fashion and writing began as a child. However, the first question they ask is: What do you know about Blush and what are your favorite stories featured in Blush? You freeze. You’ve never heard of Blush and never thought to read information on them either. Your interview has failed. Even if your desire is to work in a certain field, employers want to know that you at least have some knowledge of their company and you find some departments that you like.
3) Dress in appropriate attire. With all the applicants applying for the same job, you don’t want to get lost in the sea of resumes and black & blue suits. However, unless you’re applying to a place where the staff has a laid-back approach to wardrobe, business attire is preferred. There are ways to style it up. Try wearing a few accessories and a handbag or pocketbook that can be seen as business and casual. New York Company is one of the best stores for interview appropriate clothes (while at a reasonable price.)
4) Ask a friend or relative to coach you. You have your outfit ready, read all about your desired company, and set your alarm clock a few minutes early to start off your morning right. However, you’re still wary about your interview and still think you need more preparation. Having a friend or family member pretend to be interviewer can help ease you into the process and make you more comfortable for the actual interview.