Going to an interview for a new job can seem daunting, especially when it’s your first one in the big leagues. Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Being nervous just means you really want it, right? Right.
To take a little pressure off of some of our recent TEPSBEST applicants, we interviewed them in a way they have never been interviewed before. Little did they know they were in n not so real interview.
Are you still laughing? We are.
What would YOU have done if you were in one of our interviews? While we prank our wonderful new hires in their interview and portrayed untraditional and comical actions in the interviews, here are our top 5 tips on how to act in an interview.
Dress to impress
Before you say a single world to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you dressed. In almost all cases, your attire should always be business professional. It is rarely appropriate for an interviewee to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of the company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative. It’s much better to be dressed up than too casual. After all, this demonstrates that you have respect for yourself, the interviewer and the company.
Arrive on time
If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re replaced. The time you show up for an interview shows your potential employer a lot about your work ethic. There is no excuse for arrive late. However, if there is a legitimate reason for running late, ALWAYS call ahead. This demonstrates that you have respect for company time and are aware that running late to an interview is never okay. Short of a disaster, always strive to arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled interview. In these situations, being early is actually being on time.
Research the company
“So, can you tell me what attracted you to our company?”
Are you prepared to answer this question? All too often people show up dressed to impress and prepared to answer questions about themselves, but balk when the conversation turns to the company itself. Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the company. Now we’re not just talking about a quick Google search. Interviewees should go above and beyond by going on the company’s website or looking them up on LinkedIn. Understanding the employer’s background demonstrates your enthusiasm for the career field and more importantly, the organization.
Remember the importance of body language
Sometimes the hardest part of the interview is not remembering what to say, but making sure your body is conveying that same message too. It’s easier to control the words coming out of your mouth than what your body language is communicating. While the content of your interview is important, poor body language can be a distraction for the interviewer or a reason not to hire you. Effective forms of body language includes smiling, eye contact, solid posture and active listening.
Ask insightful questions
An interview is a two-way street. You potential employer is asking you questions to learn more about you and your skills. In return, you should prepare questions as well. Insightful questions regarding the position, industry or even questions about what the company has done in the past are all fair game. Remember to avoid yes or no questions that are broad as they are difficult to answer. You’re trying to make a good impression, not stump the interviewer.
Do you feel comfortable to rock your next interview? Just remember to be on your A-game. For all you know, you could be walking in to a JenEric interview!