The start of 2012 represents a fresh opportunity—and for many, the most important goal is simple: secure a great job. Whether you are a recent graduate, are switching careers, or are simply biding your time waiting for the right opportunity, the New Year offers an opportunity to start the process on the right foot.
Of course, one of the most critical elements of the job hunting process is the first interview. A job interview represents an opportunity to make a great impression and to demonstrate your skills, abilities, and fitness for the job in question. Today, we are going to share several valuable tips to help you excel during your job interviews.
As you probably know, it’s essential that you look your best for your job interview. Your clothing speaks volumes about you—and actually creates your first impression before you have the opportunity to say a word. A perfectly fitted suit inspires confidence and shows your interviewer that you are a consummate professional. On the other hand, showing up to an interview dressed unflatteringly will drastically harm your chances of securing a second interview. The team at MT Clothiers has the ability to make you look your absolute best. Don’t even think about attending an interview without coming to see us first!
In addition to looking your best, below are four tips to help you ace the interview process:
1) Budget as much time as necessary to ensure that you show up early. The worst possible way to start a job interview is by showing up late. In many cases, you’ll lose your chance to interview—and even if you do, you’ll be starting with two strikes against you. So plan ahead—account for traffic jams, car trouble, and other unexpected delays. If you arrive early and have to spend an hour waiting in the lobby, so be it!
2) Create a confident mindset for yourself. Sure, it’s easier said than done—but even if you don’t feel confident, you can talk yourself into it. Make a mental list of your strengths. Remind yourself of past accomplishments. Carry yourself like the skilled, knowledgeable professional you are.
3) Do your homework. It goes without saying that you should be familiar with the company for whom you are interviewing. Understand what they do, who their customers are, and how their industry functions. But to truly make an impression, it’s important to go deeper than that. Spend time thinking about the challenges that this company likely faces. Ask questions to show that you’ve truly done your due diligence!
4) If you don’t know the answer to question, say so! Odds are, the individual with whom you are interviewing has done a lot of interviews. As a result, they can spot a bogus answer from a mile away. If you don’t have an answer, admit it. They’ll be much more impressed with your honesty than they would be with an improvised answer.
Remember that a successful job interview starts with a visit to MT Clothiers. We look forward to helping you look your best. Come and see us today!