Whether you’re a student, you’ve just graduated, or you’re trying to find something new, job hunting can be super intimidating.
I used to get so nervous for some interviews, I would honestly end up canceling them just so I wouldn’t have to deal with the nerves. After I finally got myself to go to a few, I realized I actually like going to them and having conversations with my potential employers. I’m going to share with you the few tips I’ve learned and always follow in order to walk out of the room feeling like I just nailed that interview.
1. Appearance Matters
This is your first time meeting your possible new boss, you want to make a good first impression! Wherever you are interviewing for, but especially if you’re interviewing for something in the fashion field, you are going to want to have a killer outfit on. Not only does it make you look fabulous and like you actually have your shit together, but it’s also going to make you feel confident. When you feel confident, the person interviewing you will feel that and that is a huge plus for you. My go to is always black jeans, an appropriate blouse, and a blazer on top to add that professional element. Don’t be afraid to reuse your outfit to all your interviews, no one will know you’re wearing the same thing except for you!
2. Do Your Homework
This is a big one! You never want to go into the interview not knowing anything about the company that you are trying to get hired for. They want to know that you’ve put the time into figuring out what they are all about. All you have to do is look at their website and maybe even their Instagram to get a feel of who they are and what they do. Make sure you read the job description so you know what they would expect from you. Once you know what they are looking for, you can gear your answers towards their needs and that will make you more appealing to them.
3. Always Come Prepared
Everyone knows the basic interview questions; What are your strengths and weaknesses? What can you bring to the table? Why do you want this job? Where do you see yourself in five years? What attracted you to apply for this job? Sometimes you’ll get lucky and you won’t get asked any of these questions, but other times you might get them all asked. Have set answers for each question, and memorize them so that you’re confident when responding. Just like your outfit, you can reuse your answers as well. In fact, I encourage you to reuse your answers, the more you use it the easier it’ll become to memorize. Last but not least, print out a couple copies of your resume so you can hand it to them before you start your interview. That will definitely make them think you’re incredibly organized and put together because you are one step ahead.
4. Ask Questions
Even if you’re totally clear on everything, make sure you have something to ask them when they ask if you have any questions for them. It makes it look more like you were paying attention to them, and that you really care for the job. I always ask for clarifications for my job description because you can never have to much information on what they are expecting from you. But really… ask something.
5. Don’t Be Awkward
This might be the most important one!!! Don’t think of your interview as an interrogation, think of it as a normal conversation with your friend. The employer is really just trying to get to know you and the easier you make conversation with them, the more likely you are to get the job. This might be harder for you if you’re nervous, but just remember to be yourself. At the end of the day, if you really aren’t vibing with the person interviewing you, then the company or position might not be the best place for you.