How to Prepare for Your First Interview!

August 8, 2012

It was the night before a big interview and I swear I had steam coming from my ears. I had no idea what to wear, no idea what to bring, I was lost. Interviews are mighty important and come, hopefully, on a frequent basis in college as you are preparing for the real world. Well, I had to do my fair share of research as to what to expect from a real interview. For your enjoyment and use: How to Prepare for Your First Interview. 

1) Dress Professionally: it does not impress a possible boss to walk into an interview wearing jeans of any kind. Ladies, a nice dress or dress pants and a blouse are acceptable. Guys, dress pants and a button up should do. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

2) Resume: Flesh out your resume. It should be easy to read and have a clear demonstration of your goals and previous accomplishments. Have an extra copy, just in case you are asked for one at the interview.

3) Be Early: If you are asked to show up for an interview at 4 that does not mean you should walk into the office at 4, but at 3:55. Punctuality is key, it proves you are dedicated and prepared.

4) Brush Your Teeth: If you brushed them, do it again. And maybe once more after that just for safety. Having clean teeth and fresh breath is extremely important. As you should be smiling during your interview, you won’t impress your potential boss with gunky teeth or nasty breath.

5) Breathe: Interviews are nerve racking as it is, but it is important to maintain your composer. Answer the questions posed at you honestly fully, but have a good time while doing so. Take a breath, calm down, have a nice chat. If it’s meant to be it will be.

You’re welcome. Now wish me luck on my interview tomorrow!

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