Have you ever wished that you had a list of tips to help you prepare for your first interview of your life? Well, now there is one.
There are some things you can only learn through experience, but now I can share what I have learnt from the interviews I have had. Use this list to prepare yourself physically and mentally for your first big interview after graduating.
You need to be able to determine how formal you need to dress for the interview. Use your common sense and gut to guide you. For example, if you are applying for an office job you will need to dress a lot differently that when applying for a job at a fast food chain. Nevertheless, you should always dress neatly and look your utmost best. Do your hair and if you are a girl wear a little bit of makeup even if you don’t usually.
Thake a copy of your resume with you even if they already have a copy that you sent through. Your resume should also be neat without creases and with a good organised format. Put it in a file to keep it save. This also looks more professional.
Bring a copy of your certificate or degree as well as any other marks or reports from college, school or university. Also bring a copy of your identification document for in case they need to see this or keep it on record.
Being prepared for an interview comprises many things. I always prepare my clothes for the interview the night before to make sure I have everything I need. Wash and iron anything you might want to wear to look your best. Also be prepared for what you are going to say in the interview. Be prepared for any type of questions about yourself and about your studies and career goals. Here are a few questions as examples so you know what to expect and how to prepare.
Questions to expect
Prepare the following questions for your interview:
• What is your dream job or career?
• What other dreams/goals/aspirations do you have?
• What are your life plans or plans for the near future?
• Are you married/single/ in a relationship?
• Tell me more about yourself?
• Where did you go to school?
• What did you study and why?
• Where do you live?
• Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
• What are your interests and hobbies?
• What are your strong points?
• What are your weaknesses?
Be on time
Actually it is always better to be a little early. Rather leave for the interview an hour before you need to. You never know what might happen. Your car might break down, you might get traffic or get lost. Be sure you get there early and rather wait a while than be late. Being late for an interview reflects very poorly on you as a potential employee. But accident do happen and if you do find yourself running late make sure you let them know and apologise for the inconvenience.
If you are well prepared and have planned your schedule for the interview you should certainly have included a good breakfast before your interview. It is important to feel your best and be focussed before your interview. Eat a big healthy breakfast to help you achieve your utmost best.
Be prepared for rejection
Some graduates easily get frustrated because they do not get jobs as quickly as they expected. The secret is to keep trying. Do not get demotivated and do not give up. Even if you go to ten interviews without getting the job each one of those experiences will get you that much closer to the right job for you. Sometimes you meet someone in an interview that can refer you to another position you did not know about. And either way you learn how to do interviews better with each interview you go to.
You might be feeling nervous before this big experience for the first time and truth is you will probably always be nervous before an interview even though you have done it a hundred times before. Just keep calm and you will do well.