How to Win Your First Job Interview

Job Interview

Your first car, your first pay check, your first raise, these are things in life that is worth dreaming. But before dreaming big, you have to start somewhere. Job interviews are inevitable if you want to land the job of your dreams. It’s that moment that could make or break your career and your life.

Job Competition

It’s okay to feel anxious! It happens to the best of us. Did you know that job interview is one of the top phobias in the world? Well, the anxiety that you are feeling is more common than you thought. Cut the crap, face your fears and own the job you want. The question is, how?

In this competitive world, it’s always better to be a cut above the rest. There are two factors you need to consider: the superficial and the substantial. These two should equally jive with one another.

Suits

The superficial aspect of your job interview is all about how you look. It extends to everything that meets the eye, including the design of your resume. The substantial portion is how you answer the questions, your little gestures, and ultimately what is written in your curriculum vitae.

The Superficial

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This is the golden rule of corporate wear. You have to wear something that would send a message across the interviewee that you are the right man for the job.

Astronaut Job Interview

The quote DOES NOT apply to astronauts!

Do away with distracting accessories. Save the loud pocket squares for your celebration when you get the job. For now, you have to wear something safe… but not boring. Remember, colors also play a huge part in the interviewees psyche. Wear something that soothes the senses. A solid blue tie is the best way to go while white is the safest shirt color.

Blue Suit with Red Striped Tie

I’d hire this guy.

Safe White Shirt

White shirts are the safest.

Khaki Suit with Blue Tie

If this guy shows up in my office asking for a job, I’d probably resign and give him the one I have.

Be sure to groom properly. Clip your nails, have a good haircut, shave, take a good shower and always remember to brush your teeth.

Brushing

When a person is nervous, his stomach produces more acids, thus increasing the probability of bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth and gargle extensively.

Remember to shine your shoes the night before. All leathers in your body should be of the same family of colors.

If you usually sport earrings or other jewellery except for a wedding ring or a watch, remove it. The wedding ring actually connotes loyalty and stability for men while the watch connotes punctuality and promptness.

Earrings

Hire or fire?

The Substantial

Looks are just 50 percent of an effective job interview. Of course, you have to make sure that you are not just a mascot but actually the right man for the job. Review your qualifications for the job and learn more about the organization. You must be able to briefly discuss more about yourself and argue effectively why you they should hire you.

You should also be aware of your small gestures during the job interview. Slouching, fidgeting and crossing your arms are absolute no-nos. When shaking your hands, have a firm grip. Never forget to smile.

Firm Handshake with a Smile

Actions speak louder than words, thus, you don’t need to worry about “how average” your resume is. It’s all about how you present it and how you carry yourself. Confidence is the key to everything. Always remember that you are unique in your own way and you can be an asset for the company. If they reject you, don’t feel bad. It’s their loss not yours.

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