As we move through this segment, I want to take a quick break from fashion and dive into some tips + tricks I’ve picked up and gathered from friends and family about how to handle interviews.
First and foremost, I think confidence is key. Believe in yourself and you won’t appear nervous or jittery. Use your confidence not only to dress the part but when you answer any questions in a calm, confident voice it gives you that ‘oomph’ factor. Where other candidates may be more knowledgeable, have better experience or have gone to a better school, you walk in anywhere like you’ve already got the job it can make people believe that you really do.
My mother always says when going into an interview that being polite is necessary too or “I raised you with manners Darcy Mae, you better use them.” You don’t want to offend anyone or come off like you don’t care so definitely take a second to ask your interviewer how they are or about their day, thank them afterwards for their time even if you think it didn’t go well, and just generally be nice. It won’t hurt you.
For those of us just looking to get a job at the mall or even a department store in a shopping plaza and not exactly a spiffy office job, you can still dress the part. Even as I break down this series into each essential piece of a ‘professional outfit’. I’d like to acknowledge the need for it. When you look professional even for this one interview at a minimum wage job, it rises your likeliness of being hired 1000%. Dressing like you would any other day or worse like you just rolled out of bed to find a job is going to make people consider you not worth their time. I say if you know your going to look for jobs or drop off applications, be prepared. Wear something appropriate. For girls, I say a dress with a blazer or cardigan always works even on those sweltering Florida summer days and for guys cargo pants/shorts and a polo work just the same. It’s not rocket science you guys.
Speaking of being prepared. Know some common questions before you go in. There’s no way to know every questions they’ll ask you because every job is different but looking up common ones is probably a good idea.
Here are some that immediately came up when I just popped into Google “Common Interview Questions”:
- Why do you wanna work here?
- What do you know about us?
- What is your greatest strength/weakness?
- Why should we hire you?
- When can you start? (This one usually signals: you got the job!)
Finally as a some last parting advice, brush your teeth and pop a mint in. You don’t know how close your going to be standing or sitting next to these people so if your breath smells like shit, well let’s just say it’ll make a lasting impression. No, seriously POP A MINT.
xoxo Darcy Mae Modica
If you guys liked this post or have any other ideas or tips and tricks for interviews, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you guys.