We all know that job interviews can be an intimidating thing. They cause stress, anxiety, and self-doubt in many of us, but believe me when I saw if you feel that way you are not alone. One of the things that seems to bother people most about job interviews is knowing just how to act during one, or rather the dos and don’ts, so to help out everyone struggling with their upcoming job interviews I wanted to talk today about what I consider to be the top 10 tips to remember. 1. Dress for the job you want, but be as comfortable as possible. You want to portray yourself in a professional manner, but you don’t want to look to trendy or flashy, or like you are so uncomfortable in your skirt that you keep squirming in your seat. 2. Research the company, and those who will be interviewing you. I cannot stress this enough. One of the best ways to show your capability and interest during a job interview is to actually know things about the company and hirers. It helps to set you apart from the other applicants, especially if you can talk to them about current things the company is doing or interested in. 3. Bring extra copies of your resume and cover letter. This may seem weird, but trust me especially as a young adult, it never hurts to have extra copies o your documents just in case someone wants one. You never know if maybe they never received one, and you providing them one could seal the deal for the job. Furthermore you never know what opportunities could arise if you by chance meet someone who is interested in you, that you hadn’t planned on meeting. 4. Have a firm and professional handshake. I think this one is pretty self explanatory, but having the first part of our introduction make a good first impression is critical to start the interview off on a good foot. 5. This goes back to number 1, but again do not wear anything too trendy, flashy, or out there. The hirers want to see you in a professional or sometimes business casual outfit that will help them to see how you will be able to fit in with the company. 6. Always be on time. There is a saying I learned in college “Being early is on time, and being on time is late.”, and ever since hearing it it has become my motto. It is always better to be a few minutes early than it is to be even one minute late. It may be obvious but you would be surprised how many people show up for job interviews late. 7. Ask questions. Asking questions shows the interviewers that you are interested in the job, and that you have done your homework to try and find out additional information about the company. You never know what one little detail can set you apart from the others being interviewed. 8. Thank the interviewers. This is a super important one to remember, always thank the interviews by email or mail (depending on the situation). Remembering to thank the people who hired you is not only respectful, but it also reminds the hirers who you are which could help you seal the deal on the job. 9. Keep your makeup simple. If you don’t wear makeup then this won’t apply to you, but if you do remember to keep it on the more subtle side and not too over the top. You want to look awake, fresh, and professional without being distracting, 10. Believe in yourself. I cannot emphasize this enough because the very nature of interviews can be very nerve racking, and often make people feel less confident. So try and remember that you are capable, confident, and deserving of the best opportunities.
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