Job Interview Tips
--- "THE JOB INTERVIEW" ---
These job interview tips are important because after completing a
job application form, you MAY be given an interview.
Hopefully, these job interview tips will help prepare your red heads and give them an edge over the other job applicants.
The job interview is a very important time in getting a job. Whether or not you are hired often depends on the impression you make on the person who interviews you.
Remember: The interviewer does not know you. He/she must learn about you from your application, resume, and the job interview (and interview questions). It is up to you to sell yourself to them during the interview.
.....BELOW are some JOB INTERVIEW TIPS......
Read them carefully because they could be the difference between getting or not getting a job.
--- WHAT TO WEAR ---
First impressions matter and your appearance counts. Studies show that it takes just a split second for someone to size you up, and those impressions are critical. This is one of those job interview tips that is sometimes overlooked yet very important!
HOW you dress for an interview depends on what TYPE of job you’re seeking.
If you are looking for work in entertainment, advertising, or fashion, then trendy, fashion-forward clothes probably would be a hit. However, it’d be inappropriate if you interview at a business, bank, office, etc. Do research on the company to get a feel for their style.
Know your personal style too – what you look good in and comfortable wearing and get a balance between looking professional and being stylish.
Be conservative; it’s not a party so no loud colors or frills. Basic colors are good. No low cut or revealing tops. No short skirts. No sundresses, shorts, or jeans. No tight clothing. Clean simple shoes; no tennis shoes or sneakers or casual sandals. Do not wear too much makeup, jewelry, or perfume. Be freshly showered with deodorant, fresh breath, teeth brushed. Neat clean hair. Cover tattoos if necessary and remove unusual piercings if inappropriate for that workplace.
Simple and classic. Basic colors are good, not loud colors. No jeans or sweatshirts. Careful about strong aftershave. Be well groomed, shaven if appropriate, clean nails. Be neat and clean, freshly showered with deodorant and fresh breath and teeth brushed. Hair clean and neatly combed. Jewelry to minimum, if any. Cover tattoos if possible and remove unusual piercings if inappropriate for job you are applying for. Clean shoes; no sneakers or tennis shoes or sandals.
--- BEFORE THE INTERVIEW (PREPARE !) ---
Find out the exact place and time of the interview. Write it down.
If know beforehand, learn interviewer’s name is pronounced. Write it down.
Find out about the company ahead of time so can talk about it at the interview or ask questions.
Find out the salaries in your area for that job, as you may be asked what salary or pay you require.
Write your questions down before you go to the interview so have a pen and notepad with you to jot down notes AFTER the interview.
Be familiar with what you wrote on your application and resume.
Plan to go alone. The employer wants to talk to you so do NOT brink your friends or relatives with you on an interview. It shows you are not mature. (If you must bring someone because they drove you or other reasons, have them wait elsewhere until you are done and meet up afterwards.
Decide what to wear, press clothes if needed, shower, shave.
Be punctual and arrive early, maybe 10 minutes. Allow for parking, traffic, walking there, restroom break beforehand, water, etc.
(Being punctual is one of those common-sense job interview tips often overlooked yet so important for a good first impression!)
Review possible interview questions and your response..
To print out a LIST OF SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS that might be asked, CLICK HERE.
(This downloads a free 1-page PDF in a new window. If you don't have 'Adobe Reader' to open it, you can download it free from their website by clicking HERE. Adobe Reader allows you to open and read PDF files.)
--- DURING THE INTERVIEW---
Have a FIRM handshake when introduced.
SIT UP straight in the chair and not slouch.
Look CONFIDENT and friendly. Look directly at the person talking to you, good eye contact.
Tell the interviewer your good points and SELL your good qualities.
Try to keep hands in your lap or still if feeling NERVOUS.
If you are asked WHY you left your last job or volunteer position, don’t be negative. (EX: Left to attend school, for different career path…)
If they ask what PAY you require, can say open to suggestions, or ask what is pay range?
If don’t have all the skills they require, emphasize you’re eager and willing to LEARN!
Do NOT chew gum, smoke, put your purse on their desk, mumble, talk too fast, interrupt, argue, or be rude.
The interviewer is not interested in your problems. He/she is interested in how well YOU will fit into the company and do your job.
Be respectful and polite, businesslike. (Call them "Sir" "Miss" "Misses" "Mister" and NOT by their first name.)
If it seems you WON'T get the job, do not get upset or angry. Ask him/her to keep you in mind for future jobs.
If you have questions, keep them SHORT, related to the job. (OK to ask when they’ll make a decision and how you’ll be contacted; OK to ask about the company, as it shows interest.)
Most interviews should last less than 30 minutes. Don’t drag it out with TOO many questions.
When it’s over, thank them for taking time to meet with you.
|NOT GET THE JOB?|
- Most people do NOT get the job after their
- Don’t be discouraged.
- Consider it good practice. You’ll get better with
- Learn from it.
|YOU GOT THE JOB!|
- Celebrate, take a picture, then get to work.
- Consider sending a simple 'thank you note' to your new employer to thank them for hiring you and you’re looking forward to working there.
- Be punctual, arrive early.
- Be polite and willing to do more than required.
- Make a good first impression.
- Do your best. It may not be your ‘dream’ job, but be a good worker so you’ll have good job references for future jobs.
- Read my page on "Job Evaluation Funny Quotes" -- don't get a performance review like this!
Hopefully, these job interview tips made the journey a little easier! Talking with people and job interviews do get a bit easier the more you do it...just like anything else. Be confident in who you are, no matter what!
To you wonderful red heads out there, I'd love to hear about YOUR job interviews, if these tips helped you, plus any tips you'd like to add to encourage others.... just go to the 'Contact Me' page and I'll consider adding them here if appropriate.
BEST OF LUCK!!!!
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