Expert Interview Tips, Part 2 of 3

During the interview tips! Previously, I discussed how to prepare BEFORE the interview. This post will discuss what to do during the interview to set yourself apart from other candidates.

Dress Appropriately:

Always be clean and neat in your appearance. A good rule is NOT to wear perfume, cologne, or anything with a strong scent that might become unbearable in a small interview room with closed doors.

You will want to wear well-fitting, mostly conservative clothing with close-toed shoes and minimal jewelry for many job interviews. However, that isn’t always the case in the modern job search! Many companies have adopted t-shirts, jeans, sandals, and vibrant clothing as appropriate interview clothes. Before your interview, take some time to research the company’s dress code and overall style.

Be Yourself and Evaluate Fit:

Be honest and sincere when talking about your accomplishments. Talk about yourself confidently, but avoid bragging. This can be a tricky balance; you should practice beforehand! (See my first post!)

Remember that you must be a match for the job and the company, and they must be a good fit for you. Ask questions about the company’s culture, mission, values, and anything else you’d like to know about. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t accept the job offer!

Remain Calm:

A calm demeanor can help you with the confidence you need to make a good impression during an interview. So take advantage of every opportunity to practice answering questions and getting comfortable with the interview process.

Confidence is a trait that every hiring manager covets. You may not be able to rid yourself of nerves during the interview, but you can become good at hiding your nervousness and appearing calm and confident with enough practice.

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