5 Tips to Prepare You for the Interview for Your Perfect Job!

Job Interview Tips!

Are you looking for a new job?  Have you found your perfect job with a new firm and now have to interview for that position, after many years at the same company?  Or, are you a recent grad with your first “real” job interview?  No matter what, you have been invited to interview, and, now, you have to use that interview to land your perfect job.  Do you know how to present yourself at the job interview?  Here are a few tips to make sure your interview brings you one step closer to a job offer!

1.     Dress professionally.

No midriff shirts, low-cut blouses or flip-flops because you’re going to work and not the beach. While it may not be necessary to buy a new suit, it is important to look professional, so you may want to consider wearing a suit. If you’re trying to get a job in a conservative office such as a law firm or an accounting firm, don’t dress as if you were going to a concert.  If you are applying for a retail position, you may have a little more freedom.  Rather than list here what clothing is or is not acceptable, you should dress as if you were going to meet one of the most important people in your life – because you are!

2.     Make sure you are well-groomed.

Don’t look as though you just rolled out of bed and couldn’t bother to take care of basic personal hygiene. Nothing will make the law firm or accounting partner or HR Manager bring the interview to a close faster than unwashed hair, dirty fingernails or body odor. As an employee, you will be a reflection of the company and no customer wants to do business with an unkempt person.

3.     Be aware of your body language.

A firm handshake at the start of the interview shows you are self-confident.  Maintain eye contact, stay relaxed and be attentive to the interviewer.  Ask questions and listen thoughtfully to the answers.  Think before you answer questions from the interviewer – don’t ramble and keep the conversation on the topic.

4.     Be prepared for the interview.

Research the company beforehand – every business now has a website where you can learn what they do and who their customers are. Your research and preparation will show the interviewer you are interested in the job and took the initiative to find out all you could about the company and your new position.

5.     Be present in the interview.

I’ve interviewed candidates who acted as if they were waiting for a bus.  They didn’t ask questions, but instead blankly stared at me.  As an interviewer, I wasn’t sure if they were paying attention.  By contrast, in your job interview, you should be enthusiastic, ask questions and participate in the interview.  After listing all the duties required of the position, I asked one candidate if this sounded like something she’d be interested in. Her reply was a quiet, “I can do the job.” She didn’t answer my question, she seemed indifferent, and she didn’t get the job. If you can’t be excited in the interview, you’re not going to be energized in the workplace either.

First impressions count, and you want to let the interviewer know you want the job, are willing to work hard and will do your best.  You might not necessarily be the most qualified candidate, but still land the job because you were the most outstanding one.

Good luck!

Jacqueline Hill, Esq.

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Jacqueline Hill is a partner at Lexacount Search, where she places top senior-level and other legal talent with law firms and corporate legal departments across the United States. She has been writing about careers, lawyers, attorney professional development, and the legal industry for more than a decade. She can be reached at jacqueline.hill@lexacount.com or 215-740-0104, extension 101.

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