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It’s that time of year when you prepare for your first job interview by cleaning your house, getting a makeover, and learning how to present yourself in the most professional way possible. Unfortunately, most interviews fall into the “nice guy” category.
It’s not that there aren’t any nice guys out there. It’s just that they’re usually too squeamish or shy to approach women for dates or relationships. If you’re a man reading this, you probably don’t have an interview coming up and don’t know how to freshen up your image fast enough!
No one wants to work with an unprofessional dress code, poor communication skills, or a robot who shows up late to every meeting. If you’re unlucky enough to get hired after an interview, it will be a struggle knowing how to improve yourself without looking like a fraud.
Get to Know the Person Interviewing You
One of the hardest things about being hired as an employee or contractor is making the connection with the hiring manager.
You don’t want to come across as a drone or egotistical jerk, but you don’t want to come across as the hired help either.
This means that you need to get to know the person interviewing you. First impressions last, so don’t be afraid to show up for your first day of work with a smile on your face.
If you have to greet a colleague for the first time, make a point of shaking their hand and walking around to get a feel for the place.
If possible, arrange an introduction to the hiring manager. A chance meeting at the water cooler or the front desk can turn into a potential job interview.
It’s no secret that the workplace is full of early birds. Most companies have a hiring freeze in February, but in the meantime, the recruiters are out in full force.
The best way to secure a spot at their tables is to plan ahead. If you’re in a hurry to get your name on a hiring manager’s melting ice-cream machine, you’re probably going to miss out on an incredible opportunity.
Take a look at the job postings and make sure that you understand what’s expected of you. You don’t want to walk into a meeting with a pile of papers in your hands and a confused expression on your face.
Prepare with a Purpose
It’s not just the technical qualifications or industry experience that employers are looking for. You need to present the employer with a great deal of value too, or you’re going to be unemployed in a hurry.
This means that you need to prepare for the interview by putting your best foot forward. One of the best ways to do this is to prepare with a purpose.
If you’re aiming for a job in IT, make sure that you have a solid understanding of the technology and how it’s used within the company.
Don’t Be a Text Game Watching Robot
In the middle of a meeting, you might receive a text message or an email. Most of us have an eye out for these distractions, but we don’t usually put ourselves in the position to be swamped with messages.
Stay organized and don’t be that guy or girl who sends an email or a text while they’re sitting next to you in the meeting room.
Go for a Confident Walk
Feeling sheepish or self-conscious during an interview is normal. You might feel a little nervous when you walk into the room for the first time, especially if you’ve never been in a job interview before.
If you get over that initial feeling, you’ll be in much better shape to face the music and walk out with your head held high. When you walk in, try to put your own spin on the situation. If there’s an issue with the presentation, step into it head-on.
You don’t have to be an expert in marketing, networking, or business administration to show up for an interview confident and prepared.
Make It about You
You might have heard that talking about yourself is a great way to show up for an interview. That’s probably not true in every case, but it’s a great way to start.
Asking your interviewers how they feel (as opposed to what they have to say about themselves) shows that you know what you want and are ready to defend your request.
It also sends a strong message to the employer that you want a job and aren’t afraid to ask for it.
Here are a few tips to get you started: Get to know the person interviewing you. Plan ahead. Prepare with a purpose. Don’t be a text game watching robot.
Go for a confident walk. Make it about you.