HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW
Sometimes preparing for an interview can be more stressful than the interview itself. It always seems like there is so much to do. From deciding what to wear to revising your resume to practicing interview questions. The list just goes on! Well, you can breathe a little easier as we have compiled some tips to help you ace that interview!
WHAT TO WEAR
Dress to impress! Similar to when you are buying any new product the package says a lot. When you walk through the door for your interview your “packaging” is going to be the first thing they see. This can have a big impact on whether or not they want to buy the product, no matter how good the description sounds.
So, what should you wear? Start by playing it safe. Keep your outfit basic and conservative for the first interview especially if you don’t know the attire or atmosphere of the company. You don’t want anything too tight or flashy as it may detract attention away from your resume and what you have to offer. After you’ve decided on an outfit that you are comfortable with, make sure to have it cleaned and pressed and that the outfit fits you correctly. We tend to overlook the small stuff but sometimes they are the most important. Take, for example, your nails. When you walk into the interview, the first thing you will most likely do is shake the hands of those in the room. You want to make sure your fingernails look manicured as they are going to take note of your handshake.
Don’t forget: When you look good you feel good. Make sure you are comfortable with what you are wearing and how you look. Feeling good about how you look will boost your confidence when you walk into the room.
Even if you think your resume is perfect give it one last look! Make sure there are no spelling errors and that you have listed the most relevant and recent information. Companies look for quality not quantity when it comes to resumes so don’t overload them with minor details, you want them to notice your significant accomplishments. This is your shining moment!
Make sure you make your resume relevant to each company. You want it to relate to their job description and what they are looking for. Companies can tell when you are simply handing out a generic resume, and it may lead them to believe that you do not have a genuine interest in the company.
Check the length of your resume. You don’t want it to be too long, but you also don’t want it to be too short. 1-2 pages are usually enough. Along with the length make sure it is easy to read and formatted well. Many times companies are interviewing many applicants and if your resume is hard to read or wordy they may not continue reading it. Ways you can increase the readability is by using bullet points or writing in shortened sentences.
Lastly, make sure your resume is attention catching. Think about moments in your career that were impressive or things you have accomplished. You want to grab their attention so that they will keep reading and not just quickly scan over your resume.
RESEARCH THE COMPANY AND YOURSELF
Before you go into an interview, make sure you know a bit about the company you are applying for. This will better prepare you for questions they ask that are specific to their company. By researching the company, you can find out if it is the right fit for you. What is the company’s mission? What is the work environment like? What employees are saying about the company? How the company is performing and future outlook for growth and career opportunities. Ask yourself these questions and determine if the job is a good match for you.
You can also check out the companies social media accounts. In this day in age, many companies are on social media and you can find out a lot of recent and relevant information about the company and what they have been working on.
Beware! Just as we can check out various companies through social media, the companies can also check up on us. Make sure that you do not have anything on your profiles that might make them think you are unfit for the job.
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