So you’ve found your dream job and now you’re going for the interview. The best piece of advice is to be professional. People who demonstrate a certain level of professionalism are more likely to receive job offers, promotions, and raises. And they’re more likely to advance to management roles within a company. But how do you show that you’re professional? It comes down to your appearance and your behavior. Remember that an interview is your chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one! Here’s how to dress, look, and act on your next interview.
Dress the Part
Before you go in for the interview, do some research. Find out how most people who work there dress each day and go a step above. If most people seem pretty casual—jeans and a t-shirt—then you should do dress pants, a button-down shirt, and a tie. If it’s business casual, opt for a suit and tie. For women, a suit never hurts. If you wear a dress or a sweater, make sure it fits you well, that it’s long enough and looks need. Err on the side of dressing conservatively, like you respect the company you’re interviewing with and take your job seriously.
Groom Yourself Appropriately
Proper grooming might even be more important than how you dress. Maintain proper hygiene—shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair, get a haircut if you need to, put on deodorant. If you wear perfume or cologne, don’t put on too much or choose a scent that’s too strong. You never know whether your interviewer might be allergic or sensitive to certain scents.
Don’t Be on Time, Be Early
Nothing throws your level of professionalism into question more than showing up late. So be early! Not only will this make a good impression, it’ll also help you relax and focus. But if you’re rushed and flustered as you enter the building, your stress level will be distracting—not just to you, but to the interviewer as well.
Bring Necessary Materials
There’s surely something you need to bring with you to the interview. Some paperwork, an application, at least a copy of your resume and a list of references. Make sure you have it! Put it in a folder or portfolio so it’s in good condition when you arrive at the interview. Bring a notepad and something to write with so you can take notes or jot down questions as they come to you.
Look eager and excited to be there. Smile more than you normally would, stay engaged in the conversation, and maintain eye contact and positive body language. Sit on the edge of your seat so you seem more energetic and interested in the job. Don’t be the first one to bring up salary. You can discuss it if they bring it up, but don’t initiate that part of the conversation. Show that you’re more interested in the company and the work itself than in the money and benefits. Other topics to avoid include religion, politics, any other controversial topics, and of course any inappropriate or profane language.
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As you leave your interview, ask for a business card so you can send a thank-you note and have someone to follow up with. Leave your interviewer with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. For more tips on preparing for your next interview, check out our website at http://www.icrjobs.com.