Your ‘unemployed’ status has been ongoing for quite while now and you’re starting to get depressed. You’re really hoping that one day, while you’re sitting at home, you will get a call from one of the companies you sent out your resume to. When this happens please remember to stay calm because any wrong move and it’s all over.
I recently attended a job interview that was quite funny because it was for a freelance job so I didn’t really take it seriously. I was just confident and didn’t try too hard to impress. It turned out that employees today are looking for real and confident people because I got a full time job instead. It is important to say and do the right things during an interview so you can create a great first impression but don’t go overboard and mess up your interview.
So what do you so when you get that phone call you have been waiting for? Here’s a list of dos and don’ts for during and after a job interview:
1.Know the company
Before going for an interview, you have to have good knowledge about the company you want to work for, their goals and values and every other thing that you need to know. This will give you an idea of how you need answer the interview questions.
You need to prepare for your interview. Read up on frequently asked questions during interviews and practice how to answer them also practice with a friend or in front of a mirror, you see practice makes perfect.
3. Be on time
If you should be early to anything ever in life your job interview should be on that list because potential employers look out for little things like this and always remember that the first impression matters. Being early also helps you relax before your interview.
4. Dress the part
Be clean, well put together and presentable. Try to avoid bright colors that are distracting, go with more professional colors like grey, blue, black and white. Avoid revealing and tight clothing also.
The way you answer questions is very important because it shows whether you are confident or not and if you are trying to sell your self to a company, you need to be confident enough to do that. Make eye contact with your interviewers and smile often.
6. Sell Yourself
List out your achievements to your interviewers and focus more on what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you. Let them know why they need you in their company and why you are perfect for the position being offered also show enthusiasm for that position.
7. Ask for clarification of what you don’t understand
When asked a question you do not understand, ask for clarification. That is the only way you won’t mess up your job interview. If you just jump into answering a question without understanding it then you may just make a fool of yourself
8. Take back up
This does not mean going for your interview with your mum, dog or partner. First of all carry copies of necessary papers and nay proof of your past achievements. Secondly, try not to forget your sense of humor at home. Laugh at your interviewers jokes and also try to say something funny. Appropriate use of humor during a job interview is very important.
9. Body language
Watch your interviewers body language so you know when to tune up or down. You should also watch your own body language as your interviewers will be looking at that too. Have a good posture and don’t fidget. Avoid folding your arms and looking impatient.
The most important thing is to appear relaxed. You show that you’re not desperate on the outside even though the inner you is screaming out ‘please pick me’.
1. Be too casual
Yes, you should laugh with your interviewers, make them laugh too, be confident and relax but don’t be too casual so it does not come off as being too laid back or being disrespectful.
2. Get high/drunk before or during the interview
Do not take anything intoxicating before or during your interview because you need to be completely sane. Going for an interview with a hangover leaves you tired and imbalanced so stay away from drinking and smoking.
Do not mumble your answers. Speak clearly so they can hear what you are saying. mumbling only looks as though you are not sure of what you’re saying.
4. Appear Desperate
Appearing desperate is not a good way to sell yourself. You may not get employed because your desperation shows that you can go to any extent to get the job and you really don’t mind what you get as long as you have the job. You lose your worth. Don’t do that. Ask for the job like you’re the missing puzzle piece that they need.
5. Don’t say no when asked if you have any questions because you do have questions so ask them. There are things you need to know and your interviewers will also see your priorities from the questions you ask.
List out your achievements and showcase your skills and talents but don’t brag. Bragging is a bad look for you.
7.Interrupt your interviewer
Make sure you listen before you speak. Interrupting your interviewer is rude and disrespectful.
8.Check your resume for answers
This is why you need to prepare and practice your answers. You need to know everything that is in your resume back to back because its just what you’d be telling them. By all means avoid looking into your resume to search for answers to a question you already should know.
9.Ask about salary till the end of the interview
It’s okay to want to have an idea of what you’re going to get paid but wait. Don’t just ask how much you’re going to get paid without selling yourself to the company first. They have to want to pay for your skills. You can wait till the interviewer asks how much you think you should be paid or bring it up at the end of the interview.
10.Use slang or jargon
Speak like a professional because you are. Avoid talking like a teenager, using foul language and swearing.