The interview process is actually a very nerve-wrecking experience to alot of people. It makes or breaks the decision of if you are going to get the job you’ve always wanted. Unless you already have an “in”, the interview process is one of the most important tasks to accomplish prior to the job itself.
The moment you get a call from the job site saying they want you to come in for an interview, everyone becomes instantly nervous and excited. Your mind begins to race with all types of questions. What will I wear? What are they going to ask me? Is it a group or one on one interview? What am I going to say? There’s just a cluster of things going on in your brain. This is where you need to take a step back and breathe.
If you want to play the part you have to absolutely look the part. Nobody is going to hire someone that comes to an interview looking like they just rolled out of bed or looks like they have partied all night long and didn’t have a wink of sleep. Pick out something nice but not over the top to wear to the interview. Make sure your hair is nicely done and nails are clean. For the ladies, keep the jewelry and make-up at a minimum. There is a place and time for those things. Besides, less sometimes is more. Now gentleman, lets not leave you out. If you have a beard or mustache, either shave it off or keep it very well groomed and clean cut. A look is never complete without a a smile on your face to show those pearly whites.
Resumes are an important item to bring with you to the interview. If you don’t already have one that’s available, there are many sites that help you build one up with no time at all. Even Microsoft Word has built in sample resumes that will guide you on forming your very own resume. After you have one established, print it out and place near your keys or a spot that you always go to before you leave your home so you won’t forget to bring it with you to the interview.
Roleplaying with a friend might put you at some ease before it’s time for the big interview. Pretend they are the person interviewing you. Have them ask random questions like a typical interview would and then you answer as if you were on the real interview. After you’re through asks your friend their opinion of how they thought you did and what could be improved.
A few things to remember once that big day comes around, just walk up with a smile on your face, shake their hand with a good grip, be confident in your self, and most importantly just be yourself so your personality will shine through to the employer.