Interviews can be an intimidating, seemingly terrifying, experience, but they don’t have to be!
We’ve all dreaded an interview before, but why? Why do so many people look at interviews as if they are the worst thing ever? The answer is probably because a lot of people don’t know how to properly prepare for an interview.
Ask yourself these questions when preparing for an interview:
Have you researched the position and company you’re applying for?
Are you dressed appropriately?
Do you believe you have what it takes to do this job?
If the answer is yes to all those questions, then you shouldn’t be afraid at all!
Interviewers are not scary sharks wanting to bite you, they are regular people just like you and me, and it is their job to make sure you’re the right fit for their company.
Some questions might be tough, but as long as you are confident, the interview should go smoothly.
Always make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into – that means researching ahead of time. Some people walk into interviews without knowing a thing about the job they’re applying for. Don’t do that! The more you know about the job and company, the more impressed your interviewer will be.
Dress nicely – dress shirt and slacks for men, skirt, dress, or slacks for women. Don’t show too much skin, and don’t dress too casually. Your appearance has an impact on the way people will perceive you; for good or for bad, that is just the way our minds work. Shower, shave, make sure your hair is neat and styled, and that your clothing is appropriate. If you make an effort to look nice, you’ll give off a great first impression toward your potential employer.
Now, lastly, if you have the right skill set for the job you’re interviewing for, then you should already know you’re going to do fine. Someone walking into an interview with zero relevant experience is going to have a tougher time than you are. You’ve already got a leg up on the competition if your resume tells your employer you’ll be a great fit for the job. Just relax, show off your positive attributes and greatest strengths, and your interview will lead to a job!