I personally think the word ‘interview’ is a lot more scary then the action. After all, an interview is nothing more than a conversation! Take a deep breath, relax, and follow my six tips for rocking an interview!
1. Be early. Five minutes should be early enough! Chances are this is the first time you are meeting the interviewer and nothing screams ‘bad first impression’ like running late.
2. Do not chew gum. Not much is worse than having a conversation with someone and being distracted by the gum in their mouth. With this being said, do not go into an interview with bad breath. Carry mints in your bag and pop one in before your interview! Or you can go with my personal favorite and brush your teeth before your meeting. Nothing compares to the confidence a clean mouth provides me with!
3. Lead with a hand shake and a warm smile, and leave with the same. When you walk into the room, lead with your right hand out. Look your interviewer in the eye, smile, and politely say something along the lines of “It’s nice to meet you” while shaking their hand. Then proceed to sit down in your designated seat. When the interview is over, stand up, shake your interviewers hand again and say something similar to “Thank you for meeting with me today”.
4. Do not fidget. This may be the hardest thing you will have to do in your interview, but resist the urge. Sit with your feet crossed at the ankles and swept a tad to the side. This will prevent you from moving your feet around. Keep your hands together in your lap, or whatever feels most natural. I like to wear a ring to mess with during my interview. Its an extremely small movement that is not very noticeable and a perfect place for my nervous energy!
5. Keep your hair pulled back. This does not necessarily mean you should have your hair up, just out of your face. Bobby pin your bangs back, pull the top back, throw a head band on- do what you have to do to keep it away from your face. You do not want to sit in an interview and continuously mess with your hair!
6. Pay attention. Actively listen to what your interviewer has to say. Try your hardest to avoid asking to have something repeated. Also, make eye contact with your interviewer. This is a strong sign that you are paying attention.
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When interviewing, it is important to remain confident! Try speaking with a strong, clear voice. Walk with your shoulders back and your head held high. And remember to keep things covered up!
Best of luck!