Check out these pointers to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward in your interviews!
Look your best
Make sure to spend some time on personal grooming on the morning of your interview. Shower, and make sure your face and hair are looking fresh. Similarly, make sure your clothing is clean and ironed. Don't forget to wear deodorant and to carry some wet wipes in case the weather is hot and you need to freshen up 5 min before the interview. Do not apply excessive makeup or strong deodorants/perfumes as doing so can be distracting.
Do not leave in a hurry. Check google maps for traffic if you're driving or make sure you know the public transport routes to know how long it will take to reach! Make sure to reach at least 20-30 minutes before the interview time. This gives you time to freshen up, relax, get some water before the interview. Arriving late leaves a bad impression and can also cause you to become nervous and unsettled during the interview itself.
Bring only the necessities
Check our previous blog post for a short list of items we recommend bringing with you. Put your phone on silent and store it in your bag so that it does not interrupt your interview. Leave your coffee and gum at home. And, it goes without saying, do not bring other people to your interview with you. Parents and friends can wait for you nearby.
Review your questions for the interviewer
Most interviewers will ask you whether you have any questions for them at some point in your conversation. If you haven’t already, write down a handful of questions prior to your interview that you can reference if you forget during the interview. You can, and should, add to your list of questions as the conversation progresses as doing so demonstrates your engagement and interest.
If you know who your interviewer is going to be in advance, you can even search their LinkedIn profile for any shared experiences, connections, or interests you happen to share; these can be great conversation starters.
This one is simple. Everyone knows interviews are stressful, and there is no need to worry unnecessarily. Remember that a recruiter was impressed by your resume, and that is how you got to the interview. Take a few deep breaths, and go do your best. Your interviewer is looking forward to meeting you. You’re going to do a great job!
If you’ve made it this far you’ll definitely want to check out our next blog post on strategies for impressing your interviewer and ultimately landing that job offer.
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