Job Interview Tips

You got the call and you're just days away from your first interview for a great new career opportunity. So how do you plan to prepare for your big day? Some people might feel like they can just show up and freestyle their way through the interview. If you are one of those people, you might want to change your approach. Improvising your way through an interview can make you look unprepared. It can also make you look like you really don't care about the job.

Prepare for your next job interview with these helpful tips:

Do Your Research – This should actually be the first thing you do before applying for a job. You should have a desire to learn more about the company and find out why it would actually be advantageous for you to work there. This can also help you in a major way during the interview process. You might be asked why you want to work for that specific company. If you know more about them, you can give detailed examples of things that impressed you about the organization. Doing this shows employers that you truly are interested in both the position and the company.

Dress For Success – The company you're interviewing with might embrace a casual dress code, but that doesn't mean you should dress down on the day of your interview. When it comes to interview attire, stick to a suit in conservative colors like navy, black or dark grey. If you wear jewelry, keep your pieces to a minimum. Ladies, avoid dangling earrings, nose rings and arms full of bracelets. Guys, avoid wearing earrings, leather cuffs or other body piercing jewelry. Make sure all hairstyles are neat and professional and that your nails are neat and clean. Last but not least, if you plan to wear a fragrance, make sure that it is very light.

Be Early - Your arrival could set the tone for your interview. If you arrive early, you might have more time to relax and compose yourself before meeting with your interviewer. If you arrive late, you could possibly give your interviewer the impression that you don't value their time or the job opportunity. You might also go into the interview feeling rushed and because of that, you're not able to put your best foot forward. Save yourself the drama and confusion by arriving five to ten minutes early. And if you're not exactly sure where the interview is, map it out and drive by the location in advance so you will know how to get there on interview day.

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