GOAL MIND PREPARATION
Interviews don’t need to be stressful, so it is important to prepare beforehand. While you are preparing you might start shifting your mindset onto your goals such as doing great in the interview so that you are offered the job.
Let’s call this shift the Goal Mind Preparation. So if you’re in the midst of job applications, read on and keep these points in your Goal Mind as you are preparing and before attending your interview.
Pay attention to your presentation and grooming
When you’re getting ready for a job interview, it’s important to make sure that you look presentable. It’s best to steer away from ill-fitting clothing or footwear, excessive jewelry, and heavy make-up.
Check out my Dress For Success post for some general rules
It’s usually a good idea to remove any facial piercings and cover up tattoos, as these may not be appropriate in the workplace. You should also be aware of your mannerisms, posture and eye contact, as these can work for or against you in the interview room.
Ideally, you should try to arrive around 5–10 minutes before the scheduled interview time and wait in the reception area, unless you have been told otherwise. It’s also a good idea to work out your travel schedule the day before and add at least half an hour to count for traffic or public transport delays. If you’re too early, a pre-interview snack or walk may calm your nerves.
Know the company
Before the interview, you should conduct some research. It’s a good idea to see what the company does and how your role will fit in. The easiest way to do this is to visit the company’s website or social media channels. But remember, if you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask! This shows the interviewer that you’re interested. You can save in-depth questions until the end of the interview, where question time is generally allocated.
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Discuss how you match the role
It’s likely that you will be asked what you can bring to the company. The interviewer needs to see how you would take on the role and whether it is suited to your personality and skill set, so typically this is a good opportunity to bring up some of your strengths and cater them to the role. It’s a good idea to prepare a few examples beforehand and use them to demonstrate your maturity and job-readiness.
Prepare for typical interview questions
Although it may not seem like the right time to talk about your weaknesses, this is a common theme of many interviews. While you should steer away from clichés (such as being a perfectionist or over-achiever), you will be expected to discuss one or more of your weaknesses and how they affect your work.
Don’t be afraid to be honest, as it’s better to reveal any issues in the interview rather than on the job.
Whether you’re applying for a part-time job or a full-time graduate position, it’s likely that the interviewer will also want to know where you see yourself heading. You may be asked to describe your aspirations for the next three, five or ten years and how this job would help you get there. You may also be asked about your current or previous workplace and how you have dealt with conflict or issues with management.
Interview Wrap Up
At the end of the interview, it’s important to thank the interviewer and let them know that you’re looking forward to hearing back from them. It’s likely that several people will have been interviewed, so it’s not uncommon that you will need to wait up to a week or two to hear back.
It can also be a good idea to politely ask when you can expect to hear from them, as this will avoid confusion on both sides. If you’re beginning to worry, it’s acceptable to send a brief follow-up email around two weeks after the interview.
Business and Interview Prep
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For as long as I can remember, I have been asked to share some insights on job and interview preparation. I get new messages daily about tips and tricks to help nail a job interview. I even get these questions, when I am out working.
Honestly, I felt that no one would want to read what I had to say. I quickly realized after 12 years in the sales industry, I think I have something valuable to offer. Also, what may seem easy to me, does not mean that it is, or will be easy for the next person.
I have helped other women land jobs, and careers in various fields. From interview preparation, candidate assessments resume’s, cover letters, online job applications just to name a few. I have even hosted Skype calls to make sure my clients are dressed appropriately interviews. By the way, be sure to check out the Dress For Success post, it has some great pointers that may be helpful.
My goal is to help women prepare for job interviews and career advancement opportunities. I want you to nail your interview with class and professionalism. I will soon share my journey and how I overcame many, many, challenges to be where I am today.
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Dress For Success!
First Impressions Are KEY
When it comes to dressing for success, first impressions are key. You will never get a second chance at a first impression so make it a good one! Today I will be sharing some general rules to follow whether you have business professional or business casual attire. Remember, these are just a few general rules to help you get started on dressing for success. Each industry is different so be sure to compare with the company and culture when using these tips. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect!
General Rules to Remember
Your clothes should be:
- Well Fitting
- In Good Conditon
- Wrinkle and Stain Free
- Neat and Clean Shoes (no flip-flops)
Skirts & Dresses
- Skirts and dresses should hit at or just above the knee. Your thighs should be covered when you sit down.
Shoes & Belt
- Your shoes and belt should match as well as the color of your socks and pants.
- No more than 3 pieces of jewelry (Ladies, I know this may be a tough one, but its only temporary)
Grooming & Makeup
- Your nails should be clean and an appropriate length. Also avoid bold colors (i.e. reds, pink, black) Instead try a clear or natural toned polish or manicure.
- Be sure to wear your hair our of your face
- Makeup should look natural. If you need some inspiration check out my YouTube Channel for a little inspiration.
Also, try to avoid perfume or cologne.
You only have one chance to make a great first impression!
Do you agree with these general rules? What are your thoughts? Let’s chat about it!