Does your stomach turn to knots when I say the word ? Interviews themselves are nothing to be scared of, it’s the weight getting the job that the interview is for. In this post I’ll go through the tips and tricks I use each time I am scheduled for an interview.
- Look your best. Make things as easy as possible for yourself by making yourself presentable.It’s good advice to dress for the part you want, but remember that you have to be able to pull it off. If you look uncomfortable in something you think is what a company or person is looking for it will show. I still go by the standard of less is more. Soft makeup and minimal jewelry-you should be the main focus. Some sources will tell you to mirror the interviewer’s body language, this can be hard to keep track of while answering questions and not to mention it’d be pretty weird if they caught on to what you were doing. Most important is to keep track of your own body language. No slouching and no crossing of the arms is good enough.
- Connect the dots. Dig deep into what skills are required for the job and when you’ve used them. It doesn’t matter if you pull something from when you were 16 working in a department store, if it relates and you can connect it to the job at hand bring it up.
- Give everything a positive spin. For the length of the interview act as if everything you’ve done has been a wonderful learning experience. Nothing in your work history was a “mistake” or a “I shouldn’t have.” You’re not stretching the truth, just looking at it from a different angle.
- Asking questions won’t make you seem dumb. Sometimes by looking for a little extra clarifications through questions you can come off as sharper or more attentive. A common question is: “What are your goals?” I will usually ask if they want goals related to the job or not related to the job.
- Don’t ignore what you want for a job. When you’re desperate to get hired you’ll say yes to almost anything. I’ve been there! What you can’t let happen is to ignore your own limits or what is important to you. If you’re really not able to do full time, or not getting paid the right amount, but it’s that or nothing so you agree, it may backfire in the end. You’ll get discouraged and won’t be able to keep up. Speak up there and then and they might be able to make arrangements based on your request.
***Special note for my fellow estheticians…when you’re hired as an esthetician, but then they introduce the idea of working at the front desk as a receptionist it’s a slippery slope. Take notice that you don’t go from 90% esthetician to 10% receptionist, to the other way around. It’s happened to me and from what I hear it’s not uncommon, just something to watch out for.
- It’s not over ’til it’s over. For the most part the interview is broken down into three parts: the greeting, the questions, and the conclusion. Each are equally important. Even if you don’t make a good first impression or think you it isn’t going well you can still turn the interview around before you say goodbye.
What are your experiences/tips with interviews?