Hi, friends! This post is dedicated to some job interview tips. When going on a job interview, you’re nervous enough. There’s a lot of pressure and you want to make sure you do your best. These are a few tips that I found to be helpful when interviewing for jobs. I have been at my current place of employment (yes I have a full time job) for three years now. BUT some of these tricks are timeless and sure to help you succeed.
- Do your homework.
- I know, I know, you thought homework was over the minute you graduated. Sadly, you’re wrong. Do your research. Learn about where you’re interviewing and use that to your advantage. Read up on the company history and learn about their core values. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to use some of those keywords in your interview and really grab the interviewer’s attention.
- Do your homework pt. 2.
- Try and learn something about the person interviewing you. It feels weird and, maybe slightly creepy, but it’s not. Learning how long they have been at the company, or more about their current position can also help you create a more natural conversation.
- When in doubt, dress up.
- One of my favorite quotes reads: “You can never be too overdressed or over educated.” Thanks to the great Oscar Wilde, it’s some old school advice us annoying (did I say that?) millennials can take to heart. You will feel more confident if you are dressed nicely.
- On that note, don’t wear red.
- This might just be a superstitious one, but, don’t wear red. Unless you’re a boy and it’s a red tie. But even then, try to avoid it. Red is an aggressive color and also sends a more aggressive powerful message, which can sometimes be off putting to a potential employer.
- Bring a resume with you.
- While your interviewer will probably have a copy with them, it shows that you’re prepared and willing to put forth a little extra effort.
- Have a nice headshot in your arsenal.
- You might need it, you might not, but having a professional headshot for applications or paired with your resume never hurt. Again, shows effort and that you take this seriously enough that you want them to remember you.
- Write a thank you note.
- Send a thank you note to the interview the day of your interview. That way you won’t forget and it’ll get to them in a timely fashion. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but a simple thank you for their time and consideration goes a long way.
- Above all, just be yourself and be honest.
- A lot of employers do hire for skill, but a lot of employers also hire for character and train for skill. Letting someone know your weaknesses doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get the job. Following up with your willingness to learn goes a long way.
OK, now what? You have checked off some of the boxes and are looking at having to take that dreaded headshot. No worries. Headshots can be fun! They don’t need to be boring or stuffy. Wear something that is comfortable, yet professional. No need for a stiff black suit and white shirt. You can definitely dress it up with color or pattern, as long as they match! If you’re afraid to take risks with clothing, try a fun or unconventional background setting. You want your employer to see that you can get your sh*t done, but also have fun and not a total robot. A lot of time is spent in the office, you want to make sure you are a fit as a person first and an employee second. Check out the images below for some headshot inspo! Thanks to Kaitlin at The Big and Bright for my pictures. All other headshots are done by me.
Whew! That’s a lot of info. If you made it this far, congratulations. You’ve won nothing but the knowledge on how to ace a job interview. Questions? Shoot me an email or in the comments section and go get that job!