Going into an interview can be nerve-racking enough without having to think about anything else other than what you’re going to say. However, there are many elements that will help in your interview, so here are some tips to impress.
Dress Appropriately For The Company
Depending on the company, your work attire might be a full suit and ties for men, or a dress or pantsuit for women, or it could just be something casual like jeans and t-shirt combinations. It’s good to make sure that in the interview, you dress appropriately for the company in mind. If you’re going in for an interview where the work is going to be manual labor, then a full suit might not be needed. Either way, though, you should always go into an interview smartly dressed but in something that reflects your personality. It can be easy to get lost in an outfit that just swallows you up and makes you look like just another candidate. Add a personal flair to your outfit, but don’t make it too garish.
Questions are good, so it’s worth asking them when you can. Have a bank of questions prepared to ask when they ask you if they have any questions. They shouldn’t be true intrusive, but they should be memorable enough that the person interviewing you will take interest and remember you. Not asking questions may indicate to the interviewer that you’re not interested in learning about the company, so if you’re struggling, make the question about the role or company specifically.
Prepare Some Background Knowledge
With any interview, a company may ask you about what you already know about the company. You could effectively fail the interview if you respond with ‘I know nothing about the company.’ This is, after all, an organization that you are applying to be a part of and not just because of the role. So show some interest and learn a few things about the company that you can easily reel off if you’re asked. This may be a considerable chunk of the interview, so depending on the company, try to do as much research as you can, particularly if they’ve planned a test or task for you to do.
Get Plenty Of Rest The Night Before
Being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is essential for the day of the interview. You don’t want to walk into that room looking tired, disheveled, or yawning. It shows that you have not cared much for yourself or for the role itself, and that’s never going to set you up for success. So the night before an interview, make sure that you have given yourself plenty of rest the night before. Try to get a full seven to eight hours sleep and don’t have any distractions or stressful situations the night before that might end up keeping you up for all hours of the night.
Ask for the Job
Mel Robbins, the motivational speaker has the best advice. You already got the interview, so you are qualified for the job. They are just seeing if you are a good fit. Ask for the job. At the end of the interview, thank them and let them know you really want the opportunity. Let them know, “If you hire me and give me the opportunity to work for you, you will never be disappointed.”
For more tips from Mel Robbins, check out this YouTube video:
An interview can be nerve-racking, but as long as you go in there and be yourself, you’ll have done yourself proud, whatever their decision is. So do your best!