Preparing for a job interview can be tough, whether you’re sixteen years old and on the hunt for your first part-time job, or fresh out of school and looking for a new career to make you feel all adult-like, the whole process can seem like a genuinely stressful experience. I remember how nervous I felt going to my very first interview at a grocery store, I was sixteen and completely unaware of how to act or what to say (a trend that would continue for several other job interviews). However, as time went on, I found that my experiences at that grocery store, as well as the few other jobs I’ve had, have taught me how to present myself professionally, at work and the interviews themselves. With the knowledge gained from the years of my employment history, I thought I’d write a post providing some basic tips that might be able to help anyone currently looking for a job. So without further ado, please enjoy this list of essential interview tips accompanied by some generic business-oriented stock photos.
- PREPARE YOUR RESUME
For just about every job you apply to, companies are going to ask that you provide either a CV or a resume detailing both your academic and work history. Make sure to update it regularly and include information that is relevant to the position you are applying for. On certain occasions, they might ask for a cover letter, which serves as a way to introduce yourself to your possible employers and explain your suitability for the desired position. Sometimes, if you feel like there isn’t enough information on your CV or resume, use a cover letter as a means of providing further examples that can demonstrate your importance to the company.
2. CONDUCT RESEARCH
It’s generally a good idea to have a basic knowledge of the company you’re trying to get to hire you. You want to show your potential employer that you are genuinely interested in the company you are applying to work for. Often, you’ll be asked why you’re interested in the job you’re applying for, having researched before the interview can help you provide a better thought out answer. Referring to the information you’ve found on their company website will show your respect for the company, as well as your desire to be a part of it.
3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY
You must dress appropriately for a job interview as you want to make a good first impression. This means making sure your outfit is neat and wrinkle-free, as well as preparing your clothes the night before to ensure they are clean and ready to go. As far as dress codes for interviews go, it can be a bit difficult to determine what each company prefers. If you’ve done your research beforehand, it can help you to understand what the working environment is like. You can also communicate with your employer beforehand to ensure you dress properly. If you’re looking for safe tips, then know that it’s generally best to dress in basic colours such as black, navy blue, or gray.
4. ORGANIZE YOUR TIME BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Showing up on time or even several minutes early to an interview is important because it will show your employer that you are serious about working, while also demonstrating your potential skills as a reliable employee. Now, showing up on time may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but sometimes there are elements outside of your control that may slow you down or take up more time than expected. Make sure you’re aware of just how long it will take you to get to the interview location and take into account the time spent on public transit as well as other means of transportation.
While these tips may be simple, there is no denying how important they are to the success of a good job interview. Sometimes people will neglect certain aspects of them which can result in candidates not getting the position they wanted. Job interviews can seem intimidating, but if you organize yourself beforehand and behave professionally, you’re more than likely to do a great job. Good luck out there!
Thank you for reading!