Showing up for your first interview can be one of the most intimidating experiences for job seekers. How can you build up your confidence and how can you make a good impression? Here are some tips:
Be yourself. Putting on an act will only make you feel more tense and uncomfortable. Don’t give yourself a hard time by trying to be someone you’re not.
Dress appropriately. If you are applying for a managerial or an executive position, you must wear a business attire and nothing less. On the contrary, if you are applying for an administrative position, a suit and tie is not really necessary. Some jobs are more forgiving especially those in the field of media advertising or graphic designs. Still, that does not mean that you should be slack off with your dressing.
Make sure that your clothes are clean, modest and presentable. It is very important to smell nice as you don’t want to turn off a potential employer because you forgot to brush your teeth or take a bath. Avoid wearing strong perfumes as people respond differently to different scents and your interviewer may not be a big fan of your favourite scent.
Do research about the company. Study the background and history of the company you plan to work for. Knowing the facts show your employer that you are genuinely interested to be part of their team.
Prepare possible answers. Anticipate possible questions that you may be asked on the day of the interview. Think about the best answer that you can give and practice your response out loud. Your interviewer may set out sample scenarios to see how will handle different situations so being prepared will be an advantage.
Answer ONLY the question asked. Before responding, make sure that you understand the question correctly. If you did not hear well or if you did not get the question right away, don’t be afraid to ask what the question was. Answer straight to the point. There’s no need to tell a story or give out irrelevant details.
Lighten up. While excessive smiling is discouraged, don’t be a sad face either. When you enter the room, great your interviewer and smile. When the interview is finished, don’t forget to thank your interviewer for his/her time and say that you are looking forward to hearing from them again. Smiling at the right moments shows your optimism and good disposition.
Be on time. You want to build up a good impression and being late is definitely a big mistake. See to it that you got the correct schedule of the interview. Arrive at least 15 minutes earlier so you can have enough time to catch your breath and take a seat before your turn.