Tips For First Interviews
Here are some clues on what to focus on to make a winning first impression with your next prospective boss.
You’re a unique and interesting person. The employer wants to meet you.
1. You’ve likely heard the expression: Dress for success. Dress in the finest clothes that suit the type of work for which you're applying. If you are going to an interview for outdoor work, wear unworn, casual clothes, no sandals. Wear shoes in which the heels are not worn down.
For office or professional positions, dress up conservatively. Ask someone to help you select an outfit from your closet or take a friend from the business world shopping with you, if you're not up on the standards.
In matters of dress, you want to stand out for who you are, not for your skirt being the shortest, sheerest or your haircut being the oddest style. Matching accessories, like purse and shoes, as well as wearing hose are not too much to ask when you want to excell in your interview.
Women, use a medium size safety pin to afix your bra, camisole or slip to the inside shoulder seam of your blouse, so you're not hiking up your slipping strap all through your interview.
2. If you have an opportunity to shake hands with the person or persons doing the interview, give a firm, solid handshake.
3. Look the interviewer in the eye. You'll find benefit in your ability to communicate, as you look people in the eye more and more. Look directly at the interviewer when you are answering questions.
4. Present a neatly-typed resume that is no longer than one page. No one except your grandmother is interested in reading more than a page about you. Emphasize your strong points. What you may lack in work experience you can offset by enumerating your educational qualifications, affiliations, community volunteer work and other extra curricular activities.
5. Don't talk while the interviewer is reading your application or resume. The interviewer can only do one thing at a time, even though s/he's a boss.
6. Demonstrate your communication skills by listening to the question you are asked. Answer that specific question. If you don't understand the question, ask the interviewer for clarification. Smart people who get ahead have the confidence to ask more questions than sulking people who think they should understand all questions and know all answers.