So you have finally heard from a company you applied to and you have an interview scheduled next week. The nerves hit a week early. What is you mess up? What if you humiliate yourself? What if you don’t get the job? The best way to deal with nerves is to prepare for it like your life depended on it – which it probably does. Here are some tips on how to do that:
First Impressions Matter
So spruce up your appearance. Get a haircut, or style your hair. Clean and trim your nails. Women, remove any garish nail polish you are wearing and go for a soft toned or natural colour. Buy a teeth whitening kit and use it to brighten up that smile of yours. Practice the smile in the mirror and check that you are not grinning like a Cheshire cat. Pick out clothes that are professional and comfortable and pick them out early. Repair any obvious flaws in them, like a missing button.
All of the above is important because the interviewer/s will make up their minds about you in the first few seconds of meeting you. With many candidates to choose from, they are bound to go with whoever makes the most favourable impression on them. Put that teeth whitening kit to good use and smile them into acceptance.
Practice Being Polite and Courteous
No matter how late, rude or vulgar the interviewer(s) is, do not give in to the temptation to be likewise. Always be polite and courteous. Knock on the door to announce your entrance if they’ve already asked you to enter the room. Practice your handshake with someone before you go and make sure it’s firm. There’s no call to be limp, sweaty or bend at the fingers – that’s a sign on insecurity. If you sweat uncontrollably, lightly dust your palm with flesh coloured chalk to give the impression of a dry palm. Greet them according to the time of day and wait for them to invite you to sit. Look attentive and do not let your attention wander for any reason. Turn your phone off or put it on silent mode before you enter. They may be rude to you on purpose just to test you – rise above.
Research Potential Employer
Never assume that the knowledge will be wasted if you don’t get hired. Research the company or entity thoroughly before you show up for the interview and impress them with your knowledge. Know who the CEO is and their start up story. Be familiar with the names of the highest echelon leaders in the company, and use them in your favour when you answer questions. Ask them questions too; an intelligent interviewee will know what he/she wants in their career and have enough of an understanding of the situation to ask questions. If you are curious about anything don’t hold back because you may not get this opportunity again once you’re hired.
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