By Tiffny Harris & Teamarious Williams
With the spring semester winding down and summer approaching, a lot of students will be looking for jobs. This is a guide to help you get yourself ready for interviews and bring you one step closer to actually acquiring the job. When interviewing, be sure you make a great first impression because there are no second chances. You have to display lots of confidence, stand up straight, make eye contact, and deliver a firm handshake. Be careful with your first impression because it could be the beginning of great start or a quick ending. During the interview, make sure you are listening to all of the information given and let the person know that you heard what they said. Don’t make the mistake of saying more than what needs to be said, it can wind up costing you the job. Just stick to the position you applied for and information that relates to that position. Use appropriate professional language; don’t come across as being too modest. When the interview is about to come to an end, be sure and ask questions if you are unclear about anything. Don’t seem too desperate and say “please hire me,” either in words or body language. Simply remain cool and confident .Before you leave, shake the employer’s hand and thank them for their time.
Dressing for an Interview
The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why, in many cases, it is important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment. The candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt. Before you even think about going to an interview, make sure you have appropriate attire and everything fits correctly. Get your clothes readyand your shoes polished the night before, so you don’t have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview. Bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building. If you want this job, appearance is everything followed by acting professional. Follow the above steps and you’re virtually guaranteed to get that job.