Job Interview Coming Up? Here are 4 Basic Tips to Help!

Impressing a potential employer is not rocket science. In fact, it can be quite simple if you know how to prepare for a job interview. Below are four easy yet very important tips to consider for a job interview. If you apply these tips, you will change many of your “failed” job interviews to brilliant success stories. Take some serious action and be that special candidate that each employer will want to hire!

1. Dress to Impress

Would you hire someone that was dressed in pajamas for your interview? If your answer is YES, then you may want to rethink a few things! Attending a job interview with an unprofessional appearance will normally get you a response like, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you!”

Instead, dress to impress! Wear a skirt, tie, dress shirt/pants, nice shoes, and for heaven’s sake, please do your hair!

Taking the time to look good will certainly show your employers you are serious about the opportunity at hand.

2. Personal Hygiene Best Practices

Time to take a shower! Dressing well for an interview will still get you a one way ticket to “no where” if you attend smelling like your dirty socks. Personal hygiene is just as important (if not, a little more) as professional appearance. Why? Future employers will over look that Armani suit if you have crap in your teeth, reek of sweat, or even cigarette smoke.

So, make sure that your professional appearance includes a nice shower and brushed teeth to really impress during an interview!

3. Bring a Resume!

Do you realize how helpful it is for employers when you come prepared with a professional resume in hand? Even if you fill out a general application, most employers would still like to see a resume.

It’s much easier to review your experience on a resume compared to an application. Help your future employers make the very best decision they can by having a resume ready for them to review.

4. Job Interview Manners Matter

Remember when your mother used to say, “You should always mind your manners when you are a guest in someone else’s home?”

Same rules apply to interviews!

You are considered a guest when a company invites you into their place of business. As a guest, you should always use your best manners.

Here are some ideas:

  • Have a smile on your face!
  • Only talk when the time is yours.
  • Do not interrupt.
  • When you have questions, be sure to ask nicely.

Remember, you are the one needing a job, so use your best manners.

Now that you know how to improve, it’s time to get busy! If you are serious about finding a good job, start preparing your resume. Having it on hand will prevent last minute battles with the computer and give you more time to prepare for each interview.

Also, let’s not forget to practice! Ask friends and family to conduct interviews with you to help ease your nerves. Getting some practice in will only make you better prepared for what’s to come.

Enjoy and good luck on your next job interview!

Catherine Bryan
Your Employment Solutions

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Catherine Bryan

Catherine Bryan is a recruiter for Your Employment Solutions. She works to help jobseekers find quality employment in Utah.

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