1. Be professional in all communications
How you present yourself in emails and during phone calls with the hiring manager is important. Your ability to communicate is important to an employer. They want to know that if they hire you, you will project a good image of their company. They want to know that you will be polite and professional when speaking with customers. Therefore, take care when composing your email accepting the interview. Read through it carefully; proofread it. Address the employer as Mr. or Ms. Do not use slang or texting abbreviations. With phone calls, try to anticipate the questions you might be asked, such as your availability, potential start date, or required pay, so that you will have answers at the ready. Be polite and speak clearly.
2. Dress to impress
The outfit you choose to wear to the interview is another opportunity to prove that you are qualified. Wear attire that is appropriate for the industry. If you’re unsure what this means, overdressing is better than under-dressing. Solid colors, rather than over-the-top patterns, are a safe choice. Try to put together an outfit that you’ll feel comfortable in. You want to be able to focus on the interview, rather than stressing over how you look during it. For women, don’t wear sky high heels, showy jewelry, or heavy makeup. If you choose to wear a skirt or dress, make sure the length is appropriate and consider pairing it with pantyhose. Like women, men should avoid wearing anything that's overly flashy. A simple blazer, a button-down dress shirt, dress slacks, and dress shoes with neutral-colored socks are always safe options. If you're debating whether or not to wear a tie, go for it; you can never go wrong by choosing to wear one. Finally, whatever you decide to wear, make it neat. Match colors, iron your jacket, tie your tie well, etc.
3. Do your research
Go through the company’s website thoroughly. You should be familiar with the company you might be working for. This will allow you to determine if it will be a good fit for you, while you will also come across as interested and well-informed. Know the company’s mission as well as their current initiatives. Know the job description of the position that you applied for inside and out. Think of examples of past projects that you have done that used the skills the company is looking for; this will help to prove that you are right for the job. Write down questions that come up during your research. Having a list of questions will show that you took the time to think thoroughly about the interview and that you care about learning more about the company. It shows that you are taking initiative.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be on the road to rocking your interview and getting that job!
What are some of the ways that you prep for an interview?