Interviewing for that first job after college can be stressful. What can you do to interview better and be offered that first job? These tips will help you interview at your best.
Being prepared for the interview is a critical first step. Advance preparation can set you apart from other candidates who may have similar qualifications. A few things to keep in mind about being prepared include: • Arrive a few minutes early for the interview • Be informed by researching the company in advance • Bring high-quality, printed copies of your resume and any related documents • Be prepared with contact information for several references • Be prepared with questions of your own based on your research
Dress for success
The general rule with dressing for an interview is to dress slightly better than you would for the job. It is also a good idea to be dressed at least as well as the interviewer. Conservative style is usually preferred over trendy styles when dressing for an interview.
It is also a good idea to cover tattoos and remove extra piercings for an interview. Similarly, be careful with hair style, makeup, and other personal grooming to avoid standing out for the wrong reasons.
Interviews can be intimidating, particularly if you have not had a lot of practice in the past. Practicing interviewing with a friend can help relieve some of the nervousness. At the very least, practice responding to common interview questions by yourself. Be prepared for questions about what you are seeking in a job, and about your own strengths and weaknesses. Recording yourself responding to common interview questions is a great way to see yourself as the interviewer will see you.
Selling yourself can feel awkward if you are not used to interviewing. You don't want to sound arrogant, but you also need to promote yourself and demonstrate your skills, interests, and experience. Ideally, you are trying to strike a balance as you sell yourself as the ideal candidate for the job. Follow up after the interview
Finally, don't forget to follow up after the interview. Sending an e-mail or handwritten note to the interviewer thanking them for the opportunity to interview and expressing your interest in the job can make you stand out as a candidate.