First Job Interview? 6 Things to Consider
Job interviews can often feel as dreadful as a long overdue appointment with the dentist. And if it’s your first job interview, even that comparison fails to capture the anxiety. However, here’s the interesting part. A little bit of interview preparation can go a long way in transforming this very dreadful experience into a very smooth one.
If you’re headed to your first job interview, here are 6 things you should consider.
1. Interview preparation makes a big difference: Surveys that analyse job interview patterns seem to indicate that an overwhelmingly large percentage of candidates walk into job interviews with little or no preparation. Adequate and mindful interview preparation can help relieve the stress and can work to impress your prospective employers.
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2. Body Language is more important than you think: Not maintaining eye contact, crossing your arms against your chest, slouching and fiddling are some of the very common non-verbal mistakes that work against otherwise talented candidates. Body language creates the first impression, and we all know how long the first impression (which is often the only one you get to make in the job interview) lasts.
3. Dress appropriately: Speaking of first impressions, make sure to dress the part when going to a job interview. This does not necessarily mean that you need to dress formally. Two questions to ask yourself before you pick your interview outfit:
A) What is the role that you’re applying for?
B) What is the work culture at the company like?
Answering these questions will help you pick between a formal and a semi-formal/smart casual outfit.
4. Your Interview can be a lengthy process: It is not uncommon for job interviews to last up to 45 minutes to an hour. Your interviewer can have many questions to ask you. Don’t let that make you anxious. Stay calm and make sure to take your time before answering the questions.
5. Review your online presence: Make sure that your digital profiles are free of compromising photographs, contentious views or personal information—everything that could potentially work against you in the job interview. A large number of employers are known to learn more about the candidates by viewing their online profiles before the interview.
6. Practice makes perfect: As with all other endeavours in life, there’s nothing quite as perfecting as practice. Go over some commonly asked interview questions and give some thought to how you will answer them. Reading a little bit about the company, what it does and what its goals are will help you a great deal.
It doesn’t take very much to transform your job interview from stressful to stress-free. MeraJob wishes you all the success with your first job interview!
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