Going on a Job Interview?

9 Mar

Going on a job interview? Hopefully this blog post will help you feel more confident before going into your next job interview. I’m sure you often hear that confidence is the key to success. Well, whether or not you have heard this before, it is one of my beliefs. Even if you don’t get the job that you are interviewing for, you certainly want to make a good impression on the prospective employer and improve your interview skills for future opportunities. Interviews also serve as  great platforms for individuals to improve their people skills and their ability to communicate and express themselves effectively.

I feel confident in assuming that the majority of my readers have been to at least one job interview. Nothing is worse than those night before nerves that we are all too familiar with, the evening before an interview. Then you are greeted with the morning butterflies as you wake up and rehearse, over and over again, what you are going to say to impress your prospective employer.

I have three reliable, and perhaps even fool-proof, tricks to make going on a job interview feel like a breeze (or at least slightly less stressful). Sure, I’m not the first or the last person to give age-old advice about going on a job interview, but perhaps the spin that I put on these pointers might be useful to you and can help shed some light on feeling more capable and confident.

Merzybean’s tricks of the trade  for going on a job interview:

1. Look the part

What my mother always told me proves to be true in all aspects of my life, “first impressions are everything.” Whether we like to admit it or not, the way we present ourselves to the world has a very big impact on how people perceive us and with one quick glance, a judgment is formed before ever getting to know someone. So, what can we do about this? If you are going to an interview, pull yourself together and make a concerted effort to look good. I have learned, through my own experiences and through others, that it is safer to be too dressed up, rather than being underdressed. Depending on what sort of job you are interviewing for, this can dictate what type of attire you will be sporting.

If you are going for any type of corporate, office job, it is safe to say that you want to wear something on the smart-casual to dressy scale. Things to avoid: running shoes, denim, t-shirts, and any sort of casual wear.

For women, I think that any of the above images would be suitable for a formal interview. Obviously, dress according to your age as well. If you’re a younger woman, you can still look classy and professional without looking matronly.

For men, I think the most staple piece of clothing you can have in your wardrobe is a versatile pair of dress pants. Not too loose, and not too tight. Depending on the interview, anything from a tucked in golf shift to a collared shirt with a tie and blazer can be appropriate. Like I said, you can gauge how formally or professionally you need to dress depending on the environment of the job you are interviewing for.

2. Act the part

The way you carry yourself is extremely important and certainly feeds off of the idea that first impressions are so important. The cliche saying “fake it ’till you make it” comes in handy during interviews because as nervous as you are, you do not want the interviewer to catch wind of these feelings. Remember, you’ve made it this far! If you have been contacted for an interview, chances are that the prospective employer has reviewed your resume and you are obviously qualified enough to make it to the interview process.

Believe in yourself, if you have made it this far, you just need to sell the skills that you obviously already have.

  • Have a firm handshake. I’ve written an entire blog post about this, I shall direct you there now. The Art of the Handshake.
  • Speak with a clear voice, don’t mumble your words. The interviewer needs to hear what you have to say!
  • Make eye contact. This is a direct sign of self-confidence and it lets the interviewer know that you say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Body language is so important. Don’t slouch or have “sloppy” body language. Sit up straight and try to avoid crossing your arms across your body. Body language experts say that this indicates a closed personality and it does not appear receptive to the interviewer.

3. Feel the part

Ultimately, after looking and acting the part, the idea is that you will feel the part. Remember what I said earlier, though, you are at the interview because you are qualified! Don’t stray away from who you are just to impress an employer. You are a capable individual, so don’t forget that. Yes, you will probably rehearse what you will say during the interview (it would be silly not to prepare), but don’t turn you into the cookie-cutter ideal that you think you need to be, just to get the job. Be yourself.

Confidently yours,

Merzybean.

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4 Responses to “Going on a Job Interview?”

  1. vartevarlfc March 10, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Well said!!!! Although I do not have this problem, it is good for others who shake in their boots!

  2. Bianca Lee Mondino March 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    GREAT post! You laid it out so well. Great tips too.

  3. Lara March 11, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Great post love! I love reading this blog it’s very well written and to the point xx

  4. merzybean March 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Thank you all for your kind words!

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