Get the Right Clothes
Money is tight, especially for someone looking for a job, but there’s a saying in business that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
For ladies, a professional skirt is acceptable, but keep it at or below knee length. Low-cut tops should be matched with a conservative tank top that covers cleavage.
Men should wear a button-up shirt if possible, matched with an undershirt if needed, and tucked in unless it’s cut specifically not to be tucked.
Arriving late to an interview is one of the worst things you can do. It’s better to be 5–10 minutes early than 5–10 minutes late.
Practice Answering Common Interview Questions
There are some questions that are commonly asked in interviews for just about any position. They are “get to know you” questions which, in theory, will help the interviewer get a better understanding of who you are and how you see your role as an employee.
- What are your weaknesses?
- Name a time when you have been challenged and explain how you overcame that challenge.
- What would your previous coworkers say about their experiences working with you?
- Why should we hire you?
Ask Good Questions
The questions the interviewer asks are only part of the actual interview. The questions asked by the person being interviewed are often equally important.
They give the interviewer an opportunity to get a sense for the interviewee’s interest in the position, and willingness to ask questions rather than just end things quickly.
- What are the top priorities of the position?
- What are some of the challenges that come with the position?
- What are the qualities that the company looks for in an employee?
- What is the company culture like?
Confidence is Key
Confidence in your qualifications and ability to do the job is what most interviewers are looking for. They want to know that you’re able to hit the ground running with the position, and an applicant that is too timid or unsure of themselves does not instill the same confidence.
There is a fine line between confidence and bravado, though. Make sure you are staying on the right side of that line, and your interviewer will notice and appreciate it.