Published on May 24, 2017
Updated on Dec. 5, 2019
There are a few rules of thumb that will help you stay cool calm and collected for interview success. Read these tips over so that you will look at act the part of professional and nail the interview!
1. Dress appropriately!
You should probably get the thought out of your head that your interviewer will dig your Breaking Bad t-shirt (unless you plan on working in pharmaceuticals ;)). You can never go wrong with a shirt/tie combo (men) or a business suit (women). It’s better to show up for an interview at McDonald’s looking like Warren Buffet than to show up at an interview at JP Morgan looking like Dahvie Vanity: there’s no such thing as being overdressed.
2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Not only does this show your potential employer that you can be punctual, but more importantly illustrates your commitment to obtain that position. In the words of Chris Rock’s father, “There’s no such thing as early; you’re either on time or you’re late.”
3. Bring extra copies of your resume.
Your interviewer might already have a copy, but he drowns his daily sorrows away with a mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks just like you, and sooner or later he/she will come to realize that piece of paper with your name and achievements is in fact not a napkin.
4. Eye contact is key!
I highly doubt that you would be idiotic enough to try to beat your high score on Temple Run while partaking in an interview that can determine your lifelong career. Even if you aren’t, the same concept applies. No employer will be interested if you are not engaged.
5. Avoid jargon, slang, or curse words.
“Yo yo yo Mr. G-Dizzle! I go about dat spreadsheet configuration like its ma $#%^&%^ job! Best better just hand me dat timesheet now, playa!” …….get out
6. Ask questions.
It’s not really required, but it’s a huge boost. ‘Do you like working here?’ or ‘How has the company benefitted you?’ are really good at making your employer feel more confident in the fact that you really want the job.
7. Keep Calm and Be Yourself
It sounds so cliché, but it’s really the best thing you can do. If you “wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy” during an interview and then “come in like a wrecking ball” on the job, that can negatively affect the relationship between you and your employer. Cheesy pop-culture references aside, feel comfortable with who you are the minute you walk into that door.