Yesterday, we began to discuss some tips that one should use when trying to secure a new job. We’d like to pick up where we left off.
Do your best to dress appropriately. This one should also be a no-brainer. Now, not every job interview requires a shirt and tie. But a clean and tidy presentation is the least you can do to give the impression that you wish to be taken seriously. Showing up looking as if you just rolled out of bed is no way to land yourself a job.
If you’re a smoker, you may want to wait until after your interview to start puffing on a cigarette. In case you haven’t noticed, cigarette smoking is becoming more and more frowned upon these days, and there are a growing number of individuals who dislike the smoky smell of cigarettes.
If you come into your job interview wreaking of cigarette smoke, you may have just turned your interviewee right off without knowing so. By the way, don’t chew gum during your job interview. It reflects a lack of respect and an almost childish approach to meeting someone new.
Be sure to come prepared with some questions of your own. Someone who is truly interested in a job position will show that he or she is curious about the company and the details of the work. Having no questions makes it appear that you have no interest in the job. Look up the company website before the interview to get some ideas as to what the company is all about.
Don’t overdo it! One of the biggest mistakes that job applicants can make is talking themselves right out of a job. Be sure to be articulate in the answers to your questions but there is no reason to go overboard with nonsensical rambling. Stick to the point and show that you are confident in what you have to say.
With that being said, it’s important to be honest. Don’t pretend to have skills that you don’t possess or you will eventually be called on it. Highlight your strengths in an effort to show that you can overcome your weaknesses. But don’t embellish and give yourself a false presentation of what you’re capable of.
Finally, be yourself. It may sound cliché, but the truth is if you relax and act naturally, you are bound to give a truer impression of yourself. Remember, that if you get the job, you will be around your employer for quite some time. You wouldn’t want to have to put on an exaggerated performance on a daily basis.