26 Tips for Your First Job Interview

March 20, 2017 - POSTED TO Job Interview
Congratulations! You’ve just landed your very first job interview! This is quite an achievement because it means that your resume was shortlisted from the many applications that the company received. They saw something terrific in your resume and decided to meet up with you and ask you some questions to see if you are suitable for their company and to see if they can work and get along with you. If this is your first job interview, then you are probably a nervous wreck by now and for a good reason. Interviews are scary and stressful because everything from your clothes to your personality will be judged and interviews never get any easier no matter how many you do. Go ahead and take a deep breath, relax, and let us guide you through your first interview with these top 26 do’s and don’ts.
  • Do a proper research about the position for which you are applying. Ensure that you know exactly what will be expected of you in the job and find out as much about your prospective job as you can.
  • Do some research on the recruiting company. Find out what exactly they do and do some reading about the company itself so you know if it is a secure company that you actually will want to work at.
  • Do a search online for the most frequently asked questions during interviews and read the best answers for these types of questions so you can have good answers of your own.
  • Don’t memorize answers for questions because that will make you sound like a robot during the interview and the answers might not be completely relevant to the context in which the question will be asked.
  • Do a research on proper interview attire, makeup, and hairstyle, so you will know how to dress right for your interview. Also, consider the type of company to which you are applying and consider the dress code when you select your attire, so you can match the type of profession for which you are applying.
  • Don’t dress too casually even if you are applying for a casual position or a position that involves hand labor.
  • Do practice your interview before you go. You can ask a friend to interview you and video record the make belief interview so you can see what you look like. Are you sitting upright or slouching? Are you overly stiff or relaxed? Are your movements too fast and anxious or too sluggish and slow? Learn from your video and try to correct any bad behavior.
These are the top do’s and don’ts for prepping for your interview. Here are the top do’s and don’ts for the actual interview:
  • Do dress up for the interview and remember everything you researched about proper interview attire when choosing an outfit.
  • Don’t wear too much makeup or jewelry and try to cover up tattoos and remove piercings before the interview.
  • Don’t show up with tattered nails or dirty and messy hair. Your interviewer will take these as signs of personal laziness and a lack of proper hygiene.
  • Don’t forget to iron your clothes before the interview.
  • Don’t forget to shine and clean your shoes.
  • Do arrive at least ten minutes early for the interview, especially if you aren’t exactly sure in which office the interview will be held.
  • Do call the company if you encounter an emergency and will be late for the interview. You will be surprised at how lenient companies can be if you have a legit excuse.
  • Do properly greet everyone with whom you communicate on your way to the interview with a handshake, do stand up whenever you shake someone’s hand, and always shake it with a firm grip.
  • Don’t chew gum during the interview and refrain from bad habits like scratching and fidgeting.
  • Do write neatly if you are requested to fill out an application or a form and also carry a pen with you because it indicates readiness and activeness since you can take notes of anything important and you can sign contracts whenever ready.
  • Do bring along an extra resume for your interview
  • Don’t rely on your resume to convince your interviewer that you are right for the job. They want to see how you behave and they want to get to know you better in person to see if you as a person are suitable for the position.
  • Do wait to be offered a chair before sitting and ensure that you greeted everyone with a handshake when stepping in.
  • Don’t tell jokes during the interview. It might seem like it will break the ice, but it will actually make it seem like you aren’t serious about the job.
  • Do make good eye contact with everyone that speaks with you every time you answer a question.
  • Do show enthusiasm about the position, but don’t look too eager. Be confident, but don’t be arrogant and don’t speak too loudly or too softly.
  • Think before you speak, so you won’t give incorrect or hastened answers to certain questions and ensure that you understand what is asked correctly.
  • Don’t say negative things about your colleagues, your previous job, or previous employer because this gives the impression that you will also do the same with this company.
  • Don’t lie about your capabilities or anything else. Honesty is always best because you never know exactly how many your interviewers know about you.
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