Ladies, let’s face it. It’s an uphill climb in the working world, and sometimes, you don’t see the glass ceiling until you smack up against it. That’s why it’s imperative we do all we can to nail that interview and start off up the career ladder the right way. Here are four tips to help you nail your interview and get one step closer to landing the job of your dreams.
Make the right first impression
We all know the old adage about not judging a book by its cover, but there’s just no getting around the fact that we as humans are inclined to make a snap judgment by our first impression of a person. We all do it, whether we mean to or not, so the trick is making that work for you in a job interview.
Business clothes for women should be neat and professional, featuring solid colors, a limited amount of tasteful jewelry, and stylish-but-moderate shoes. In other words, you want to show that you’re a serious professional.
Combine this with neatly manicured nails, enough makeup to look put together without looking gaudy, and a nice hairstyle. By following such a formula, your first impression says, “I’m capable, put together, thoughtful, and I pay attention to details.”
Think of it as a date
You wouldn’t go on a date with someone without knowing a bit about them, and you shouldn’t go to a job interview without learning about the company. On a date, you’re both getting to know each other a little better, and a job interview works the same way.
Interviewers are not impressed by job candidates who don’t bother to do any research about the company they say they want to work for. Just as with a boyfriend, your potential employer wants to know that you’re interested in them. Why would they hire you if you give the impression you don’t care who you work for?
Do some research and make your potential new employer feel a little bit special. Check out their website, but also look at what other reputable companies and reviewers have to say about them.
There are two big opportunities to sell yourself in the interview. The first comes when you hand over your resume or portfolio. Custom presentation folders show that you think about those little touches that make a good thing great, so pick something that matches you and the job you’re reaching for.
Your second chance to sell yourself comes when you’re asked a question like “tell me about yourself.” Remember that your resume has already told them about your background. What your resume can’t tell them is who you really are.
Use this opportunity to demonstrate your passion, in a controlled way, and how your personal history showcases your use of your skills. Don’t be afraid to explain how your skills and passion make you the perfect fit for the job.
Show respect to get respect
The world is full of people demanding respect for themselves but unwilling to show it to others. The best way to get others to respect you is to give respect to them. As soon as you walk in the door, assume everyone you’re talking with could be part of the interview.
Whether you’re acknowledging that the door guard is a real human being with a “good morning” or thanking the receptionist for checking you in, remember that you never know who might be watching or who has the ear of the boss.
Don’t forget that the person who shows up to meet you in the lobby might not be an assistant. They might be the boss come to greet you in person and see what you’re like before the interview. Make sure that everyone has a good impression of the way you treat others, so they’ll see you as someone to be respected, too.
Job interviews can be stressful, but they don’t have to be hard. With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression that results in a prestigious job offer.