What To Say
The beginning of the job interview is the time to introduce yourself and to create that powerful first impression.
At this point, you’ll need to be very careful not to come off too strong or too weak. If you do, this may ruin the interviewer’s perception of you for the rest of the interview, regardless of how well you do for the rest of the conversation.
You’ll want to confidently and politely introduce yourself. Say things like…
- It’s a pleasure to meet you.
- Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today.
- I’m very happy to be here.
Make sure that you’re conveying emotion through your voice. Speaking to someone monotone can display a lack of confidence and enthusiasm.
Some great questions for a job interview are questions like…
- What are some challenges the company faces at this time?
- How can I excel in my position?
- What does the company need from me to achieve great results?
What To Wear
This of course all depends on the job you’re interviewing for.
If you’re interviewing for a sophisticated office job, (law, marketing, finance, etc.) You’ll want to wear the following…
- Suit Jacket
- Quality Sweater
- Button Down Shirt
- Dress Socks
It’s important that you don’t dress too flashy. Many sophisticated business settings prefer a more conservative look in their dress code.
If you’re interviewing for a job that’s a little more laid back, you may not want to wear that suit jacket. Instead, consider the following…
- Casual Pants
- Button Down Shirt
- Black Socks
- Polo Shirt
- Khaki Pants
Keep in mind that these recommendations are not rules. You can dress however you want so long as you do so tastefully and sensibly.
What To Do
Body language and preparation will surely help you seal the deal in the job interview.
- It’s crucial that you sit up straight. Never slouch!
- Smile when appropriate, but don’t smile the entire time, you’ll want to be taken seriously.
- Shake the interviewers hand firmly but don’t hurt them! Improve Your Handshake.
- Research the company well before the interview: This gives you something to talk about while you’re interviewing that’s not so focused around you. This also makes you seem knowledgable and professional.
- Come across to the interviewer as an experienced/educated professional, but avoid sounding cocky. No-one wants to work with a know-it-all.