You waited, for what seemed like forever, but finally received the call that you got an interview! Now what? We’re going to give you some pieces of advice to keep in mind that will help you land your dream job.
- Personal appearance- during an interview it is nearly impossible to be overdressed. Stick to conservative business attire, but make sure you are comfortable and your outfit fits you properly. Ladies, make sure your nails are a modest length and polish color. Something that many people forget to think about is their cologne or perfume; make sure its not overpowering.
- Preparation- it is imperative that you do your research! Go to the company’s website and get as much background information as possible. If there is a link directly to the department that you would be working in, research the department as well. You do not want to be caught off guard if you’re asked a question about the company during your interview.
- Eye Contact- although it may seem awkward at first it is very important to keep eye contact with your interviewer. Maintaining eye contact will tell the interviewer that you are confident and reliable. It will show how interested you are about the position.
- Body Language- it is important to be animated during an interview, but you must be mindful of your body language. Many people talk with their hands, which isn’t a problem, but don’t over do it. Make sure you have good posture when sitting down. You should be sitting up straight and slightly leaning forward to show that you are interested and engaged.
- Questions- always have a few questions prepared to ask after the interview, a good rule of thumb is to have 3 or 4 questions. If the interviewer did not already mention when they would be following up with you, this would be a great time to ask when you can expect to hear back from them.
Ellen Gordon Reeves, the author of Can I Wear My Nose ring to the Interview? says it is important to follow up with a thank you note that day. It will show that you are prompt and efficient. Today it is acceptable to send a thank you email, but a thank you note is always appropriate as well. “Your thank you note should be positive, full of detail, and specific to the position at stake” (Reeves, 2009, p. 164).
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