You’ve spent coffee-fueled nights applying for job after job. You’ve updated your resume every other hour and you’ve spent maybe a little too much time speculating over which font to use in your cover letter. You’ve sent follow-up emails, you’ve made calls, and just when it seems like no one is interested in what you have to offer, you land the big interview. First things first, congratulations! You worked hard and you deserve this. Now it’s time to prepare. If the resume process is your acrobatic routine then the interview process is the dismount, and this one needs to count.
You’re an individual, and there are plenty of ways that you can express yourself in a professional and neat manner. Make sure that what you wear displays how serious you are about this position. Even if the manner of the job is a relaxed one, showing up to the interview in an ironed shirt and a clean pair of slacks proves to your potential employer that you have respect for their company and respect for yourself. You wouldn’t walk on your mother’s carpet with muddy shoes; give your prospective employer that same respect.
Wearing a tie to your interview doesn’t mean anything if you arrive late. When you show up to an interview appropriately early, you’re proving to your future employer that you are serious about this position. The fact that you have made enough time to account for mishaps such as traffic proves that you will be a reliable and punctual employee, two traits found most desirable by interviewers. Arriving at your interview early also gives you time to gather your thoughts and collect yourself before you walk into the building. You want to take your time, and not add unnecessary stress by being late and rushed.
You’ve put on a clean shirt and checked in with the secretary five minutes before the interview time. What’s next? Hopefully, you have remembered to bring a pen, a notebook, or a portfolio of sorts with crisp copies of your resume. When the interviewer asks for copies of your resume, you can pull them from your portfolio and they will be as fresh and as clean as your blue pencil skirt. Make sure to do your homework on the company and prepare a list of questions to ask your interviewer. These questions will not just be to show how prepared you are, but to spark real conversation. Having a real conversation with your potential employer will help them gather a better understand of who you are, and will allow you to better understand them as well.
At Align Staffing, we understand the necessity of landing the perfect position. We are here to get you one-step closer into the job of your dreams.
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