Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to Nail an Interview

Are you sitting at your desk at home or at your current job that you are unhappy with? Do you count the minutes until you get to go home? Do you dream of bettering yourself and finding a career? Did you graduate and still work at the place you did during the time you were in school??  If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you have come to the right spot!! Trust me you are not alone. I graduated in May of 2011 and I am still working for the same company I did when I was going to school. There is no room for me to grow here and if there was, I am not sure if I would want to.

Another question. Do you hateeeee when people ask what do you want to be when you grow up??? ME TOO. I am still so young and trying to figure out my purpose in life. I want to learn and experience and find what I want to be, I don't want to have to choose just yet. Yes, there are people who knew they were going to be a nurse since the age of 2, but there are also many of us who still to this day have no idea. Well, i've decided i'm going to get my shhhheat together and do something with my life. So if you are just like me, pay attention to the following tips about how to nail an interview and get your dream job.

  1. You MUST be confident not cocky. Even if you are sweating from head to toe, you need to act cool and calm and let your interviewer know that 'you got dis'. Tell yourself over and over that you are the perfect fit for this job and you are the candidate they are looking for.
  2. Do your research!!! You need to look up everything about the company and the position, take notes and understand their mission statement
  3. Write good questions to ask. ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS. An interview is a two way interview. The company wants to know you did your research and are actually interested in them and not just getting paid. Make a list of 10-15 questions and ask as you are going along. It is okay to bring a notepad with the questions, no need to memorize and make yourself freak out even more.
  4. Spruce up your resume. Make sure you get just the right amount of information out there but do not give too much detail, that is what an interview is for. Ask for help! If you want your resume to look/ sound better, ask someone with more experience to help give you tips for your layout. Be simple. Keep it to one page. Use key words.
  5. Keep good eye-contact and really listen to what they are saying. You don't want to not pay attention and ask a question that was already answered.
  6. Always speak positively. Even if you loath your current job, dont bring that up in the interview. Do not get too personal, focus more on the job you are interviewing for.
  7. Make sure to eat and drink before. You don't want to be in the middle of the interview and have your stomach start growling. Also, in case you are super nervous its good to eat something before so you don't pass out.
  8. Make sure you know how to get to the building and know how long it will take you. It is TERRIBLE to show up to an interview late. DO NOT DO IT! Always show up early if you can.
  9. Sell yourself. You know why you are great for the company, tell them! Be comfortable, let them see your personality. 
  10. Do a follow up email right when you get home. Thank them for meeting with you and restate why you believe you are the best candidate for the job. Let them know you are available if they have any questions that were left unanswered.
  11. Lastly, dress for the part! Wear neutral colors and nothing revealing. Take it easy on the makeup and jewelry. Pearl earrings and watch are perfect.
What to wear on an interview

Now go out there and kill em!! Good luck :)

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