Have you ever heard the saying, “Timing is everything”? It really is everything. With a job interview, showing up late is the worst first impression. What I do for work, a meeting, friends, and family, is I set 5 different alarms on my phone. The first one is set 1 hour before I need to leave. The 2nd through the 4th are every 10 minutes after, and the 5th is 5 minutes before I leave. Yes, it is annoying, but yes, it works for me. Also, check traffic on the freeways and roads to give you time to get there. It’s always best to show up at least 10-20 minutes early. It really shows what you’re worth when you show up early.
It all depends on what you’re applying for. A local surf shop/clothing store, you would want to look appropriate yet casual. A desk job, you would want to be a little more formal but don’t overdo it. A profession/career, you would want to dress very formal. My dad always told me to dress like I’m going to a funeral. When you pick out what tie to wear, try to pick a power color. Deep red or yellow ties are ones that make you stand out, but also say something about your personality.
Mastering this will literally help you succeed in any career you choose. If you’re a guy and you give the weakest handshake (dead fish) shows you have zero confidence or power. Although you don’t want to clench their hand, breaking every bone, there needs to be a happy-medium. When you’re shaking a woman’s hand, you want to tone down that handshake about 10 times. Still keep it firm but not too firm. Make sure your hand is not cold and clammy, or sweaty. Bring a paper towel to wipe your hands with before you enter the interview.
Communication is key. Always be polite, don’t suck up, but be well mannered. Take a few seconds to think about your answer. You don’t want to stutter, or have your sentences not make any sense. It’s always best to prepare before. Google “interview questions” and answer as if you were in the interview. There will definitely be ones that they will ask that you may not know. It’s not bad to say, “I don’t know”, just don’t make it a habit.
You always want to look someone straight in the eyes. It tells them, they can trust you. I am the kind of person that can be looking away, doing a million and one things, and still listen and repeat back exactly what someone says. It bothers my mom like no other. I have to focus on looking people in the eyes when I’m in a conversation with someone, I just notice everything around me. It definitely pays off in the end, because as little as this might seem, you will make them comfortable with you and gain their trust.
Lying is something you never want to do, no matter how little of a fib it might be, the truth will always come out. Lying on your resume is one of the worst things you can do. If someone finds out it’s a lie, and they find out, the next job you try to get will only result in the same thing… A swift kick in the rear out the door. It’s just not a good path to go down.
Constantly moving… I cannot stand when anyone is moving around non-stop. My dad for example, every time we get into a conversation, he always brushes his hand on the table/counter as if he was wiping something off. Or if I’m in a theater, and someone in my peripheral vision keeps moving, it draws my attention away. Yes, I’m that person that throws popcorn at you so you stop. Same goes for your interviewer. If your moving around, they will more than likely focus on what your doing than listening to what your saying. Which means, if your talking about your terrific work ethic, but your cracking your knuckles, or moving your legs, or changing your seating position, they will focus on that. I have learned to adjust to people doing this, but if you are a culprit of these crimes, you might want to control it for a one hour interview.
This is on of the top things that will stop you from getting that job. It is better to be overly confident than shy. I used to have a major problem in this area. What I did to get over it is just telling myself, they’re no better than me; they’re just ordinary people like me. Why be afraid? Or another thing you could do is just pretend (in your head) that you know them, you’ve talked to them before and there’s no need to be shy. There is always the trick of picturing them in their underwear. It has never worked for me, but it might for you.
Don’t go barreling in the office with your chest out and chin up in hero stance. I might be over-exaggerating a little, but people can tell if you are doing that by your attitude. It’s better to be reserved yet talkative to the point where they’re comfortable. It’s all about impressions. What kind of impression do you want to make? That’s what you have to ask yourself and figure out.
Your body language basically shows how comfortable you are, or could even show if you’re being honest or not. When asked a question, you never want to look away. Keep your eye contact with them, take a few seconds to think about it, and then answer back. You don’t want to lean forward, resting your elbows on your knees. You want to have good posture, yet still loose, but not as stiff as statue.