Congratulations! You have applied for your dream job and have been invited to interview, but now what? You may be feeling nervous and/or excited about this crucial moment in the application process, but have no fear, we put together five tips for nailing your interview.
1. Do your research
Once you’ve been offered an interview you should first research the company or employer. You can do this by studying their website, any publications written, or awards given to the company. Get to know their brand, customer base, and most importantly mission statement! Next, thoroughly review the job description of the position you are applying for. Look for any information you may have questions about and write them down to ask your interviewer. Doing your research gives you the background knowledge to answer any questions in the interview that may come up about the company!
2. Prep for interview questions
Create a list of questions the interviewer may ask and prepare your responses ahead of time. This will allow for confidence in your response and delivery! A popular question is "Tell me about yourself and why you applied for this position". Take this opportunity to elaborate on your resume and share your excitement for a possible position at the company. Another common question is "What is your biggest weakness and what have you done to overcome this?" For this question, think of a struggle you had in your past and what you are doing to improve this skill.
Pro Top -- Practice your answers in front of a mirror or record your responses so that you can make adjustments and feel ready to give your best answer.
3. Dress your best to feel your best
Professionalism does not mean you have to throw your personal style out the window. Research your potential employer and create a look to match their culture or brand ~ business casual, formal, fashionable, etc. The key is to dress for your future job while wearing something you feel confident in! Accessorizing is a great way to bring some personality to your interview look, add your favorite necklace, earrings or bag for good luck :)
4. Pack Accordingly
Pack the items you need the night before to make a good first impression. We suggest printing 3-5 copies of your resume, in case of multiple interviewers. This will make it easier for interviewers to follow along as you expand upon your key accomplishments and experiences. Include a small notebook and pen to reference any answers to questions you have along with name for sending thank you notes.
5. Be yourself!
The last and most important tip is to be yourself! Greet your interviewer with a smile and be genuine in your conversation with positive speech and body language. You will win the interviewer over by being your most authentic, positive self and make a great first impression.