‘Just go in there and remember, You Are Fantastic’
It does not matter if it is your first job interview call or you are giving an interview after 10 years of work experience, interviews are a daunting task and I seriously pray that there was an easier way of getting a job, but it is a fact that when you exit the interview, you take a long breath of relief that it is over. Interviews are tough because you know that the people sitting there are judging you and noticing your every move. Every word you speak, every gesture you make adds to your profile. So I thought of summing up some do-s and don’t-s for interviews so you have a ready reference when you go for your next interview.
Your interview outfit is most important as it creates the first impression and if you create a good first impression, then half of battle is won.
Wear what you are comfortable in – We girls have an uncontrollable urge of shopping for any big moment in our lives and interviews are something really big. So how can we stop ourselves from buying a new shirt or skirt for the interview? It is so difficult. I would suggest to wear something you are really comfortable in. That old shirt you got many compliments for or that dress which your girlfriends just love. When you go for interview knowing that you are looking good, you become more confident and then you only need to worry about your interview, not your look. If you really want to wear something new, do not just buy a new shirt and trouser or skirt and keep it hung in your closet for the big day. Try it and wear it for some time to make yourself comfortable in it. Try trouser, skirt, blazer with it and create different looks. Decide for yourself what you look best in and then wear it.
If not sure, ask the recruiter about the dress code – Different offices have different cultures and it is always best to know it before the interview so that you can present yourself as the best candidate. Some organizations have formal attire, while jeans and t-shirt are okay to be worn. Try to do some research on Google, but if you are not sure of what to wear, it is always good to ask the recruiter about the dress code. In fact it also reflects your seriousness for the meeting and ensures the HR person on other side that you are going to turn up prepared for the meeting. You can politely ask the HR person that could you please let me know the appropriate dress code for the interview. He/She will give you an answer which will ease your confusions.
Black is not the only color – We all know that black is a universal color and everyone’s safe bet is a black suit or black trouser or black skirt or black dress. I have seen 10 people sitting at reception waiting for their interview and almost 8 are wearing black color. I would suggest wearing some other formal color to stand out in the crowd or at least add some vibrant color to make your look cheerful. Add a printed scarf or silk blouse to make you look interesting yet polished.
Shoes are very important – Yes, they are. Everyone still believes in the notion that a person is judged by the shoes. If you are wearing leather shoes, make sure that they are polished. If you are wearing suede footwear, make sure that they are brushed. Wear heel that you can manage to walk in without trying to make balance (3 inches or less is ideal) and without making that annoying sound.
Smile – Forget about your student loan, your house loan EMI or how much you need or want this job. When you enter the room, smile and always offer a handshake. During the conversation, look at the person naturally in eye(just not in a creepy way). Be confident, believe in yourself and let your personality shine.
Final tip – Remember that you do not need to create a new you and present yourself in a totally different way. Be what you are, but the point is that the interviewer should feel that you will be able to represent his organization in a good way. Point is that there is a job and you want it, so make the effort and go, get it!