Q: I have a job interview coming up soon and I was wondering do you have any tips on how to prepare? Because I am very nervous.
A: Well, I do and my first tip would be to calm down. If you are nervous it will show and will cause you to mess up. After all you want to portray an image of confidence to your future employer. By portraying this image you are telling them and letting them know to trust you.So my first advice would be to try not to show you are nervous or even tell them. This is one of the mistakes new job seekers do. Remember they want you more then you want them. I know you are thinking but…. No but nothing! They need you or rather someone like you. So sell yourself high not low. That is my first advice.
Second one would be no matter what they say the dress code is overdress for the part. That means business professional. It is better to be over dress then under dress. So dress to impress you never know who is watching. That means a clean top and bottom that is well pressed as well. Nothing says unprofessional more so then a wrinkle outfit. Also make sure the are no holes or tears in your outfit.
Third, go back over your resume and make sure that everything is truthful and correct. You could lose your job if your employer finds out you lied on your resume. Make sure also that it is one page. No one nowadays want to read a resume that is more then one page. That is why your cover letter exists for. Which remind me do the same for your cover letter if you have one.
Fourth, do a bit of research on the position you are applying for and the company you are applying to. You want to do this because in every interview I have been to -and others have been to and told me about- the interviewer always asks the question “Do you have any questions?” Well by doing some research before hand you will have something to talk about. This will be your chance to impress by bringing up things you run across well researching. It will give your future employer the impression that you are a go getter and an independent thinker. Something that most companies complients about when it comes to new employees.
Fifth, write out a “thank you” card before hand to send to the interviewer after the interview. No matter what you always want to send a thank you note whether you get the job or not. Many have almost lost a position they applied for but because they send that thank you note and the others didn’t they stood out to the interviewer.So always write and send one.
Sixth, last but not least go to bed early the night before and eat a good breakfast the morning of the interview. You do not want any distracts this day. You want to bring your A game and falling asleep or letting your mind wander because of your hunger is a sure fire way to mess up your own chance. Anyways that’s my advice. So deep breathes you can do this breath.