When going to a job interview, first impressions really count. Now that a lot of interviews are going remote, many are forgetting that you are still about to make a first impression, and your appearance counts.
Dress with confidence and style; be polished and professional.
Here are some tips for you:
Find out what the dress code is
Ask what the dress code is when setting up the job interview. This will give you a hint on what they are expecting, and also give you a glimpse of their culture too!
Be conservative with what you choose
If the job interview is at a formal office, dress the way you would on your first day, unless told otherwise. If it is a casual office, and jeans and t-shirts are worn, you should still do a more business variation of this to look put together and like you put in effort for the interview.
Wear clothes that fit
Don’t wear clothes that are too tight or too loose to the job interview. Both are inappropriate and will make you look less put together.
Wear clean clothes
Even over zoom, we can tell when your clothes are dirty, and it gives off the wrong first impression.
Be well groomed
The COVID restrictions have made it challenging for everyone to feel comfortable getting hair cuts, and heading to salons for regular appointments. This is not an excuse to show up to interviews a mess. Simply putting some effort into keeping your hair out of our face, and clean, will go a long way. Remember that your hands are often seen in the camera, so while you may not be getting your nails done, they could still be clean.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have
You’ve likely heard this saying before. It’s important that you let go of your preconceived notions of the work that you are doing now, and focus on where you are looking to be in the future. Dress for the job you are applying for.
Feel comfortable adding your own personal style
Add a splash of colour or personality like a tie, scarf, or piece of jewelry. It’s OK to have personality. You want to be memorable and stand out from the other candidates and adding a little statement can help with that. At the end of the day, you want them to hire you; the real you. So feel comfortable sharing a bit about who you are; we just recommend you don’t go overboard.
At the end of the day, remote interviews feel very similar to in person interviews, when you get going. The main thing is to feel confident, prepared and ready to what them with how well you align with the position they are hiring for.
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Good luck at your job interview!
Searching for a new job or career is often a full-time job in and of itself. Many people find looking for a job stressful and demanding. Getting the opportunity to interview with a company is great! However, knowing what to do after, is often unclear.
Here are a few suggestions from the recruiters at Career Contacts for things you can do following a job interview:
- At the end of a job interview, ask what the next step in the interview process will be as you shake hands with the person who is interviewing you.
- Take the business card of the person that interviewed you for future communication.
- Following the job interview, think about how you did and how you could improve in the future. This is an opportunity to learn from how you can answer questions better, as well as figure out questions you may ask at a second interview.
- Think about the job, and the company as a whole, and decide if you want to work there. You are best to take a job you want, rather than just any job offered.
- Make notes during the job interview in a notebook. This will help you remember any important points.
- If you are working with a recruiter, call or email them to give them your thoughts and impressions of the company, the people you met and how the interview went.
- Write a thank-you email or card and send it to the person you interviewed with. If you are working with an employment agency, cc the recruiter as well.
- Connect on LinkedIn with the people you interviewed with.
- Plan a follow up email with the interviewer or recruiter a few days following the interview to ask if there will be another interview. Do not contact them more than once per week as they may busy.
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Becoming a master at anything requires last focus, awareness and positive action daily. Mastering your mindset to be ready and prepared for the job search or a job interview is no different. Interviewing takes practice.
If you don’t quite know where to start check out some of the tips from the recruiters at Career Contacts for ultimate success.
- Spend 20 minutes the day before a job interview and practice answering the questions that you think may be asked. You will probably be correct 80% of the time. Be prepared to provide examples through story telling. Here is an example of this.
- At the interview, focus on the interviewer – sit up straight and use eye contact. Listen to the conversation; be in the moment.
- Smile and enjoy yourself. Your smile will show confidence and your interest in the employment opportunity. It is important to show commitment in the opportunity that you are being interviewed for as well as others that my come available.
- Show passion for your work. If your work is meaningful to you, you work life will be a joy. Think about a task you are proud of at your last job and express it in the interview.
- Practice is the only true way to master a new skill. Be patient with yourself while your learn something new, such as interviewing. Express your want for growth and learning at the interview.
- Surround yourself with positive people and you will have a positive outcome. Supporting your team members and their ideas show the interviewer that you support the growth of your team.
- Be prepared with questions about the company as well as the position. (Do not ask about pay – this should be discussed when there is a job offer)
- Dress professionally no matter what position you are being interviewed for. This will leave a good impression and make you feel more comfortable.
- Be cautious of body language and eye contact. Strong eye contact and good posture show confidence.
Everyone is on track with work, employment opportunities and ultimately career advancement. Be prepared for opportunities in or at work to move you to grow personally and professionally.