Big Interview? Here’s What You Need to Dazzle Prospective Employers

One of the nice things about writing this blog is that get to meet interesting people who would like to contribute to it.  Emma Sturgis is such a person.  Recently she sent me an article on how to prepare for a job interview.  Check it out…

Big Interview? What You Need to Dazzle Prospective Employers

Emma Sturgis

A job interview is your chance to make a good impression on a prospective employer, so it is important to be prepared. However, there is more to the interview than having the right experience and skills. Employers also pay attention to the little things you do. The following are some helpful tips for impressing an employer during a job interview:

Treat the Receptionist Well

It’s important to make a good impression with everyone who works at the company, including the receptionist. This will likely be the first employee you encounter, so while you may be tempted to use the time before the interview to pace around and go over your talking points, resist the temptation! The hiring manager may ask the receptionist what they thought of you, so it is important be kind and respectful. While you are waiting in the lobby, don’t hesitate to ask the receptionist how their day is going or how long they have worked at the company.

Dress Professionally

No matter what type of position you are applying for, it is important to dress professionally at the interview. If you come to the interview dressed sloppy or too casual, the employer may not think you take the position seriously. Dress cleanly and professionally—if you have any doubts about your outfit, heed them and switch it up as needed. If this is one of your first job interviews, you may not have much of a professional wardrobe built up to choose from. If this is the case, shop carefully. Choose only high-quality, simple pieces which you can mix and match for sequential interviews, if the employer wants to meet with you again. If your budget is tight, you can save on career wardrobe stables with coupons from Discountrue, so you won’t get the sense you’re over-spending to secure a job.

Keep Your Phone in Your Briefcase or Purse 

If you are waiting for the employer in the lobby, you may be tempted to pull your phone out to pass by the time. However, you should avoid doing this as it can imply boredom and distraction. It is a better idea to think about what you want to say during the interview.

Make Small Talk

Do not be afraid to make a little small talk before the interviewer starts asking questions. Doing this will help you make a connection with the employer. For instance, if you see a photo of the employer in the Bahamas, ask them when they went on the trip and how they liked it. Small talk will make both of you feel more comfortable and make the interview a little easier.

Ask Good Questions

When the hiring manager is done with the interview, they will likely ask if you have any questions. It’s a good idea to have at least three or four good questions prepared. It shows the employer that you are truly interested in the company. For instance, you may ask what the training process is like or what the growth opportunities are like.

If you follow these tips, you stand a better chance of making a good impression with the employer and increasing your chances of getting the job.

Emma always has great advice for job seekers.  I especially like what she has to say about small talk.  It’s always a good idea to build as much rapport as you can.  Use her ideas and you’ll do very well in your next job interview.

Your career mentor,


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