For all of you seniors out there, are you getting anxious about landing your first interview post-grad? While you may have though the hard part was over--sending in an application and getting the call back--the real homework has just begun! It's time to prepare for your first job interview and RedShelf has a few tips for you to help you nail that first interview and get the call that really matters!
1. Do your homework
First and foremost is to prepare for the interview by doing a bit of homework. This might be the ultimate grade that counts! It's important that you know the job description of the position you are applying for and do your research on the company. Did they announce some big exciting news? This could be a great ice breaker to getting the interview started, and let the interviewer know that you are interested in what the company does and its background.
2. Early bird gets the worm
Never underestimate the power of punctuality. Being late can be a major pet peeve for people in charge, especially those that you are being interviewed by. Arriving 10-15 minutes early for the interview shows that you take the opportunity seriously and it may give the interviewer a preview of what it might be like to have you work for him or her.
4. Dress to impress
Fact: You should always dress professionally for an interview, even if the position or job you are applying for is casual. You want to look clean, well-put together, and professional, and your appearance is a great way of giving off that vibe. If you need ideas on what to wear check out these great tips.
5. Put your best foot forward
Bring your resume and any other tangible items or examples of your work that might help you in the interview phase. For example, if you have a portfolio, references, or examples of past work, it could lend a hand to answering some questions and help further showcase your knowledge base and skills.
Do you tend to take up nervous habits? It might not hurt to practice some of your responses to some typical interview questions. Practice giving an example of a time when you showed leadership. Take some time to practice either in front of the mirror, with a friend, or just grab a study room in the library. If you practice enough times, you might work out all of those jitters and nerves!
7. Prepare questions
You are not the only one being interviewed. This is also your opportunity to ask valuable questions to learn more about the position and company that you could potentially become a team member of. Based on your knowdlege of the company or the questions that arose during your interview, be sure to pepper the interviewer on some of your own questions as well. Don't have any questions to ask? Check out this post on some of these questions to impress your interviewer!
8. Take notes & Follow-up
Throughout the interview, feel free to keep a pad of paper with you to jot down some notes. This is a great way to recall any important items from the interview and make use of during your follow-up! The follow-up is perhaps one of the most important parts of the interview. There are many ways to follow up with the interviewer (or anyone else you meet during the initial interview). Check out this comprehensive list of ways to follow-up and how best to do it!