Nervous about the interview you have with the company of your dreams? It’s normal to have the jitters and butterflies in your stomach, but we wouldn’t want to let those nerves effect you in how you perform during the interview. So before you think there is no hope to calming your “interview anxiety”, think again. Here are five important tools you can use to help you nail your in-person interview:
- In today’s world, there is a lot of slang used. It’s easier using slang instead of the actual word. Or maybe that’s laziness? Don’t use slang words with your potential future employer. Understand that the way you talk with your friends is a different language than what you’d use in the workplace. Speaking with correct and proper grammar goes a long way. Be sure to be at your interview on time. Getting there earlier is safer than getting there late.
- Although you’ve emailed you cover letter and resume the company, it’s important that you bring a printed copy as well. In fact, it’s best to bring two copies. In this digital age, having something that is still physical and able to be referenced to quickly is a plus. During the interview the employer might ask about your previous work experience. Having your resume handy will help you clearly state your experience and save you from having to think about what work you’ve done in the past.
- Prior to the interview, you should already have knowledge about the company, or else you wouldn’t have applied, correct? It’s also beneficial to know the background of the company because it shows that you’re interested and invested in what the company is doing. The employer might even ask you certain questions about the company, so it’s good to be on your toes and confident when the question comes in play.
- Dress your best. Never go to an interview looking casual, but more so business professional. You want to make an impression and you won’t be making the right one if you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Women, you can either wear a pantsuit or a nice skirt with a nice dress shirt. Don’t overdress. Adding some minimal jewelry will help tie the outfit together. Men, wear a suit with a nice traditional shirt. It’s important to wear a tie, it’s the first thing that employers notice. They’re looking to see if you look neat and presentable, and a tie does just that. Black lace-up shoes are recommended.
- After your interview is over, ask them what the next steps are. A simple question like so will do. “When can I expect to hear from you? If I were to get the job, what would happen then?”
These five tips will help you tremendously in nailing your interview. Remember to go into the interview with confidence. And always, always, always remember to follow-up if you haven’t heard about the status of your interview in the amount of time you were anticipating to.