Some of you that have been graduated recently may be busy applying here and there for the first job. If it’s your first time, you have to be prepared for anything, or you will spoil everything. Here are some tips I can give to you to prepare your first interview.
Make a Good First Impression
It is obvious, the first impression is very important. You need to smile, give a firm handshake to your interviewer. Make an eye contact, and make them feel your interests in meeting them.
Don’t Forget to Ask a Question
Be prepared on what you will ask your interviewer. Ask anything about the job, the company, your prospect within the company, and anything else that relevant with your interview. Show to the interviewer that you have done a mini research to their company, and that’s worth to count!
Be anticipated of what question will appear on your interview. You can imagine being asked, “What are your salary expectation?”. It’s a tough question, even for a veteran. Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can explain what you are good at and what you are not so good at.
Why Do You Want This Job?
Keep repeating on your mind why do you want this job, because most likely you will be asked this kind of question. You need to make a good answer for this question. “I need this job” is not good enough for someone to hire you. Get to know about the company, the long-term career that might be offered by them. They may ask you where you see yourself in the next few years, and you have to decide the answer by yourself.
Make sure you come to the interview and dress professionally. Being casual is not enough and might give you the wrong impression. Of course, it depends on what job you have applied for. Just don’t be silly by dressing casually for a professional career position.
You have invited for the interview because they believe you suit with the job. You have to tell the interviewer that you deserve for the job, that they just have not known yet. Don’t be negative about your current employer, working condition and each other, because this will give a really bad impression. Show them that you are flexible and willing to take the responsibility.
Don’t Be Late!
Whatever might happened, just don’t be late on your interview! It is better to come earlier to their office, much better than coming late. You don’t want to be hurried up and arrive out of breath and stress, do you? It is better to come at least 30 minutes before the schedule and let yourself adapt to the place.
It is natural to be nervous. So, just be natural and be yourself. That’s the person they are looking for.
So, that’s some tips for me for your first interview. Good luck and break a leg!