how to ace a job interview
I posted recently on the ‘gram that I just landed a new job as a Digital Designer! (yay)
But something that I always stress over is the interview process. I think I can build a pretty good resume, cover letter and can make myself sound good on paper. But being grilled in front of a group of people just feels soooo uncomfortable!
I had psyched myself out prior to the interview but once it was over I honestly felt so confident. And I think that can be the key to it all. Confidence. I’ve had many an interviews but I’ve also been a part of many interview panels where I had the chance to be on the other end of the table. This has allowed me to learn a lot about how people translate themselves through their voice, body language, and experiences. Since I have been on both ends, I wanted to give you guys some tips for a successful job interview.
| Bring The Goods |
It doesn't matter if they saw your resume + portfolio before you arrived. It's always best practice to bring it with you to discuss experience. It also shows that you're always prepared and organized!
| Dress The Part |
If you want to work in finance or law, wear a sleek suit (try this 2 Piece Slim Suit). If you’re applying to a creative position, show it by adding a little fun to your outfit (with something like this Calvin Klein Baby Blue Blazer). Always always always dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
| Be Early |
I wouldn't even say be on time. I think being early shows your eagerness and how much you value their time. No one wants to work with someone they can't rely on to be their when needed.
| Be You |
I honestly think I attribute most job offers to this. Be profesh, but talk like you normally would. Be energetic and show you are a positive team player. Share some things about your personal life so they can really feel connected to you!
| Show How You Can Help |
Do some research and find out what they company needs from you and prove to them that you can solve their problem. If it's a design challenge, show them a design you created. If it's an analytics issue, show how you have increased numbers before. This helps them visualize you on the team.
| It's OK To Pause |
You don’t have to rush every answer. You can take a sip of water, gather your thoughts and then answer a difficult question. Also if you don’t have the answer, explain why instead of saying "uh, I don't know."
| Ask About Them |
Interviews don't have to be a one-way street. Asking questions shows you’re interested in the company and position. I love ones like "What is the company culture like?" "What would the day-to-day look like for this position?" "What type of professional development do you offer?" or even "What is the next step?"
| Thank You's Go A Long Way |
If you aren't offered a job the same day or after, don’t forget to send a follow up email. A modern day email will be just fine, but a handwritten note can speak volumes.
I would love to hear your interview tips below! What are some job interview tips you have?