With the way the economy is at this time there are still several men and women searching for employment. Before someone can be chosen for a job they must go through an interview process with a company’s hiring manager. Interviews tend to make job seekers very nervous, however, there are a few tips you can follow to help with the interviewing process and help you stand out above all the other candidates applying.
When attending a job interview, your appearance is very important. How you are dressed is the first thing an employer will notice when you enter the room. Dress your best and make sure your clothing is properly ironed and free of and wrinkles or stains. Not wearing appropriate clothing can turn a potential employer off real quick. Below you will find a little hint as to what to wear for a job interview.
Men- Solid color suit, dress shoes, tie and dark socks. (Be sure your fingernails are clean and trimmed and your hair is properly combed.)
Women- Solid color blouse or suit, nice shoes, panty hose, limited makeup. (As like with the men, please remember your nails should be cleaned and manicured and do not wear a lot of jewelry.)
Being prepared for an interview is essential to becoming successful. Start the night before and go over any notes you may have. Be ready to answer any questions when they are asked, stuttering or hesitating during an interview is not good. You want to be on your toes and ready for anything. If need be, ask a friend or family member to help you. Have them act as the potential employer; this could make it a lot easier for you when you are in the actual interview. Men and women both need to carry a briefcase with them to the interview. This is so you can have any notes you have available when they are needed, as well as pen and paper if you plan to take notes during the interview.
Arrive on Time
No one wants to hire an employee that is always late. Arrive on time for your interview; in fact, it’s even better if you arrive a few minutes early. This shows the interviewer that you are serious about wanting the job and you will always be on time. If you arrive late, the potential employer will think twice about giving you a chance at the job, as there are others that arrived on time. If you live in a high traffic area, leave your house a few minutes early, that way you have a little lead way if you were to hit a traffic jam or any other obstacles on the way.
When attending an interview there are a few documents you may need, especially if all goes well and you are hired on the spot. Always have your social security card, driver’s license or I.D. card, birth certificate, school transcripts and any other licenses or certifications you may hold.
The Interview Itself
Now that you have the proper attire, you are prepared with all your notes and you have all the necessary documents it is time for the main event; the interview. When you step into the office, remain calm and extend your hand to the potential employers for a greetings handshake.
When the interviewer asks you to take a seat, be sure to sit calmly and hold your posture. Slumping in the seat will give the employer a sense that you are not serious. The interview process is very important to being the one chosen for the job.
Keep in mind to speak clearly and keep eye contact. Let the employer know about all your experience and why you feel you are the right one for the job. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview, this lets the interviewer know you have done your homework and you are very interested in the position. However, hold off on asking any questions about salary or any job benefits unless you have been offered the job.
After the Interview
Now that you have made it though the interview process, send the potential employer a thank you card or e-mail. Remember, in the card or e-mail express to the employer that you are very grateful for the opportunity to apply for the position and that you are still interested. If a few days have passed and you haven’t heard anything back it is okay to make a follow up phone call to see if the job is still available and let them know you are still interested.