Currently trying to find a new job? After you start applying for new jobs, human resource people or recruiters will start contacting you for an employment interview. If they have not do so yet is likely you have some scheduled already. I think it goes without saying but any first job interview you attend will either make a break you. It’s this job interview that will determine if you get the job or not. Be sure to properly plan and prepare for it as to increase your chances of a job offer.
Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts
What we are going to talk about to day is how to become aware of the most common Do’s & Don’ts as you will see below.
As I just mention preparing for that interview is very important. Don’t just wing it. All job interviews are not the same as this is a popular common misconception. In you next interview, expect the unexpected questions. I will say that there are some common protocols in the job interview process, so it’s inevitable that there are going to be those routine questions like “tell me about yourself” and where do you see yourself in 5 years”? But not all interviews are the same. This process will depend on what type of job it is and what type of employer they are.
Don’t think the next one that you attend will be like the last one. We just don’t know what the next one will be like, the questions they have and will any testing be done. There are websites out there that have employer reviews and could provide some insight. Its definitely worth a few minutes to check them out.
Have you ever practiced for an interview before you attended it? It may be a good idea to do a much session with a friend or family member. I’d even go as far to say even use a mirror so you can see how you look when answering the questions. Could be a revelation!
Preparing for the job interview
As I mentioned before be open to the fact that each interview will most likely have a different process and different questions. Such as what are your career goals, success and even failures you had and how well you get along with others.
When I say prepare for an interview, what I mean is that you will be asked questions, therefore know how you will reply to those questions now, before you go. Some of these questions will be difficult. They will look at how long you it takes you to answer the questions as it could demonstrate your confidence value. If you do a few practice sessions with someone, your chances of success increase.
The reason for all of this questioning into you, your background and employment experiences is because they want to learn more about you, your work habits and your life. During the questioning process and even conversations with them, please keep your composure calm and professional. If you can try not to say to much about your personal life because employer just do not need to know how many kids you have and your age.
If you have had bad experiences with other employers, employees, bosses, resist the urge to say anything bad about them. Don’t do it. This is not a counseling session. They don’t need to know.
Attending a Job Interview means – Dress for Success
Don’t wear revealing clothing, sweatpants, shorts or jeans. However do dress correctly and look professional for your job interview. This includes your overall appearance, how you small and the clothes that you are wearing. For the ladies it’s ok to do the makeup. Get your hair styled, cut and looking good. One of the main reasons to look good is because they are looking for someone that positively represents the company.
How to dress for a job interview – Men
How to dress for a job interview – Women (I thought this was a good example)
When going through the in person interview process be aware that it is the deciding factor as to whether you get the job or not. To improve your odds, make sure that it is a memorable one for them in a positive way. Just refer to these do’s & don’ts to help you get hired.