Whether you’re excited or worried, job interviews can always feel like make-or-break situations.
Especially if you haven’t been to many before, it can be tough to know everything you need for a job interview.
One of the most important things to do when you’re at an interview is to show confidence, and if you can’t show it, you should at least look like you know what you’re doing.
Here we’re going to look at how to look professional for a job interview so you can make the best first impression possible.
Wear the Right Clothes
Depending on your field of interest, not every interview will require you to wear full professional dress.
However, a good rule of thumb is to show up to your interview in clothes that are slightly more professional than the company’s stated dress code.
Try not to wear anything too loud or bright, as that will just take attention away from what you’re saying.
This one might seem obvious, but make sure your face and hair also look professional. You don’t want to walk in with a beard that is out of control or hair that hasn’t seen a brush in a while.
This is especially important for more professional industries like accounting and finance. You may want to get rid of the beard entirely and make sure your hair is up in a tie if you have long hair.
Show Up Early
The only thing more professional than showing up on time is showing up early. You don’t need to go crazy with how early you get there, but 10 or 15 minutes should do the trick. This shows that you are eager to get started and that you actually want to be there. Enthusiasm for the job is a huge part of what can get you hired.
Avoid Getting Distracted
For one thing, your phone should definitely be off for the entire interview, and you should never check it while talking to the interviewer. Also, make sure that you don’t lose track of what the interviewer is saying. This can sometimes happen when you’re nervous, but try to listen to every word coming out of the interviewer’s mouth very carefully. You risk coming off as uninterested if you need to keep asking them to repeat their questions.
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Know the Company
If you want to show that you really want to work for this company, you’re going to have to prove your interest by knowing about it. Do some research into their recent accomplishments, what they do regularly, and who the people in charge are. This will also help you develop questions to ask about your potential position and job responsibilities. Having these questions ready is crucial if you want to show that you care about this position.
Now that you know how to look professional for a job interview, you can go in with a little more confidence, knowing that you are ready for the task.
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