Interviewing is stressful, and it can be even more stressful when you are looking for your first job out of college. At this early stage in your career, you might feel inexperienced and nervous. Not to mention, you might be worried about finding a good job that you like and also pays well. Here are some tips to put you in the best position when interviewing for your first job.
Have a checklist and come prepared
Make a day-of interview checklist. Make sure your outfit is ironed, your socks match, and you have your pocket folder with a few copies of your resume.
Think about everything beforehand so you aren’t rushed the day of the interview. Also, drive by the place you are interviewing the day before so you aren’t nervous about getting lost and being late. If anything, this will all make you feel more confident and prepared.
The night before, do some meditation, yoga, or however you clear your mind, then get to bed early. Nothing is worse than sleeping in and having to rush to an important interview. Essentially, the goal is to set yourself up for success through your preparation.
Dress comfortably, but appropriately
Another interview tip is to dress nice, but don’t wear anything uncomfortable. You’re better off playing it safe and wearing a business casual outfit with flats than you are wearing new heels that end up giving you blisters. Uncomfortable shoes will take your attention and make you more nervous. With that being said, wear something you have worn before and feel confident in.
Workplaces are getting more progressive about shoes these days anyways. Feel free to rock some fun loafers or fancy leather tennis shoes; whatever you feel is appropriate and comfortable. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion before heading out the door. You don’t want to leave the interview and realize your tag was sticking out the whole time.
Be yourself and practice interviewing
Interviewing can be awkward if you don’t practice. Talking about yourself for an hour with a complete stranger takes some work. It is especially awkward when you don’t know how to calmly deal with curveball questions. Ask a friend or an adult you know to help you practice.
Mock interviews also mean taking the time to think about work-related questions. What are your best answers? Knowing the right thing to say in an interview could be something to work on with an industry professional. If you know someone who worked at a business you’ve been eyeing, ask them what they would look for in candidates. Who knows? Maybe they can even give you a reference.
Do your research
For every interview you go into, take the time to read articles about the company and know what they do. This is a great way to make sure you are familiar with lingo and their history. Your research will give you more ground to ask educated questions and connect with the company.
There is nothing worse than going into an interview and losing conversation topics. If you know a bit about your interviewer before-hand, you will be more likely to have points to bring up. Even if it’s simply asking about their work history with the company, this shows your interest and dedication.
Take each interview as a learning experience and don’t get discouraged or intimidated. Keeping a high morale and positive vibes will ensure that you live and learn your way into your first job.