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No matter where you are in your career: college student, grad, professional you might find these tips to be helpful in knowing how you should prepare for an interview so you close the deal.
Tip #1: Hardcover Binder
It’s important to avoid clutter and clumsiness by simply having a hardcover resume binder to bring with you to contain all your important sales sheet of who you are: portfolio, resume and of course you need to have a notepad. In case they mention thing that are important that you would like to bring up or find helpful in negotiating or knowing what your tasks will be. The more you learn during the interview the more you can either brush up on some of those skills you weren’t aware of or sharpen your readiness.
Tip #2: Bring Copies of Resumes
Not every manager is the same. Some are prepared and others aren’t. I also think it depends on the severity of the position, how crucial is it for them to fill the role to cover a pressing need. So no matter what bring some just in case o that you can also help them be better prepared in knowing what questions to ask. At the end of the day you want to rack up as many “oh, nice” moments as possible to close the deal.
Tip #3: Practice in the Mirror
Seems silly but if you don’t you will never know how you come across to others. Your smile, level of enthusiasm, your body language all play a factor with what they will analyze when asking you question. So its best to be prepared and not let off any signs that you don’t know or are uninterested.
Tip #4: Have Questions Prepared to Ask
It’s touch knowing what to ask others during the interview when you feel they have told you the complete story from beginning to end. So, what to do? Well, this is where researching comes in handy prior to interviewing. Figure out the mot recent news – sometime it will be relevant other time they won’t really no much of what is going on depending on their job function. Bu you can always ask, Why did you decide to work here. I will have more examples in a different post.
Tip #5: Have a Firm Handshake
Most people do and some don’t. The rule is when you have a firm handshake it sends a better message about who you are otherwise it can come across as this person is uninterested, maybe afraid even if you go in with a weak handshake.
Tip #6: Visit LinkedIn
If you are not use to it I advise you to do so. Because this is a sure way to know the following:
Who will I be speaking with?
Do they have a similar background as mine?
What is their area of focus?
Knowing this could determine the questions they may ask you
Where did they go to school?
You should always see if you went to the same school or know the same people to have a good ice breaker moment. Connection is alway key and of course selling on your ability to do the job.
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I remember when I was in high school I always put my best foot forward, regarding my attire for an interview. Plus my mom made sure of it, lol. I knew the culture was to dress very formal and appear executive-like. Well, it certainly helped over the years because I remember later on hearing awful stories of people appearing at an interview like they were at a beach or didn’t bother to wear the appropriate jacket.
Here’s the thing, you want to set the mood, the tone of the conversation. But if your appearance gives the impression you don’t care, well, how do you think the rest of the interview will go?
Great Tips for a college graduate or professional starting their first job or transitioning to a new one on how to prepare for the first day!
1. Reward Yourself
Doing so will help build your confidence and help you put your best foot forward to make the best impression to your new team. Not only that, you outsmarted and out interviewed everyone you were up against. That deserves a thumbs up. By implying buying yourself something or even going out to dinner you are acknowledging your hard work, which will help frame your attitude and mindset on the first day.