Tips for a successful job interview

 

Graduation time is fast approaching and many young adults will be navigating their way into the “real world.”  One absolute in adulthood, is to go on the all important job interview.  A recent high school or college graduate, may have already been exposed to this right of passage by securing an internship.  Job and internship interviews are very similar and both are equally important.  There are certain things that a job/intern candidate should do in order to make a good and lasting impression on a potential new employer.

  1. Greet your interviewer with a firm hand shake and eye contact. 

It may sound corny and clichéd, but a weak hand shake, also known as the “dead fish,” is not the way to start out your meeting.  It conveys immaturity and indifference.  You want to confidently shake your supervisors hand and look them in the eyes with a smile, on that initial greeting.

  1. Do your research.

It might seem like a no brainer, but you should always research the company and the job.  It is so important to ask pertinent questions about what your daily tasks will be and to prove that you’ve read up on the history of the company and what they do.  This will show the interviewer that you are really enthusiastic about the position and the company.  If you help to keep the conversation going with ease, you will make a lasting impression.

  1. Dress for success.

This also may seem obvious, but you should never show up to an interview under dressed.  Business casual or better is the rule of thumb (depending on the position).  When you are under dressed, it is viewed as a lack of respect and an indifference about the position.

  1. Brighten your smile.

A healthy, white smile is one of the first things your potential employer will see.  There are so many options out there to brighten and whiten your smile.  There are many cost effective and quick systems that are available now.  Ask your dentist if they do tooth whitening and schedule a consultation before you begin your job hunt journey. It will boost your confidence too!

Author
Lisa K.

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