When you are new to the job market it’s common to ask, “What should I know for my first job interview?”
Great news – this article is packed with information to help you through your first job interview experience.
We wish you well but don’t be too hard on yourself if the first one doesn’t work out, just learn from your mistakes, and move on. You’ll become more comfortable with interviewing after the first few times. This whole intro is very friendly and not professional sounding. Leave it in if you like the style!
This article will introduce you to the first interview process. This series of articles contains:
- Introduction – First quick tips
- Preparation tips and Important advice
- First impression count
- Questions that are asked in the first round interview.
First Job Interview Experience
1. Get Prepared
Five key aspects required for success:
1) Do Your Research!
Before your interview, do some basic research on the company, the products/services they offer, their key personal, competitors, and current industry news.
Review the company website, read business publications, professional associations, and local newspapers.
2) Learn about the Position Being Hired For
Review the job description thoroughly.
Try to find out more information from a receptionist or other employee who may be able to elaborate on the job. Think about why you would be the best person for the job and what you’d bring forward to the company. This is important because you could get that exact question during your interview.
3) Practice Interview Questions:
If you have never been through the interview process, it’s a good idea to practice with a friend or family member.
By practicing you will be more at ease when similar questions are asked of you.
4) Dress for Success
First impressions really do count, so make sure you are dressed appropriately for the interview.
That means business attire even when the work environment is casual. The only exception to this might be if you are applying at a trendy or alternative lifestyle shop. Always be clean, neat, and well groomed.
5) Arrive Early
Never arrive late for an interview.
It’s the quickest way to get turned down for the job. It doesn’t matter that the bus was late or there was an accident. Always leave early enough to ensure your prompt arrival. In fact, you should be there at least 10 minutes early.
2. During Your First Job Interview
Check the following points:
- Stay as calm as you can and look collected even if you don’t feel it.
- Focus your attention on the interviewer.
- If you are feeling flustered, just take a minute to breath deep, collect your thoughts, and continue on.
- While speaking to the interviewer, feel confident regarding your skills and abilities. This is your first job and the interviewer knows you’ll have limited experience.
- If you are involved in regular extracurricular activities or sports that could conflict with your work schedule, be honest and tell the interviewer. Clarify your work hours.
- Always make eye contact.
- Listen, take notes, and ask questions.
- Turn your cell phone off.
- When the interview is over, thank the interviewer for the opportunity to interview.
3. Learning Experience
When you are new to the job market with little or no experience interviewing, you may experience blunders and pitfalls.
The key is to not get discouraged, but instead turn them into lessons for future job interviews.
For example, if you found yourself stumbling in your response to where you see yourself in 5 years, think about this question, come up with an answer, and then practice that answer for your next interview.
“My first job interview reminds me of my first day of school and I survived that too!”
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