Hi loves! With summer approaching and job positions becoming more scarce because of everyone looking for summer work, when given the opportunity to get an interview you need to nail it! I feel like I’m pretty good at interviews and talking with people so I thought I’d share my tips with you to help you land the job.
Before the interview…
- Research the company. This sound so obvious but I know people who don’t do it before interviewing! You should know the history and also what’s new with the company so 1, you know if it is a good fit for you and 2, so you don’t go into the interview knowing nothing about the company.
- Practice. Also sounds like such a “duh we know that” tip but it’s important! Days before my interview I’m constantly talking to myself and going over basic interview questions so I have answers ready. My mind has gone blank before and I have said nothing (SO awkward) so I have learned to practice and have answers ready f
- Dress like you already have the job. Since I’m a fashion major I have interviews with clothing companies so I dress like I work there. For example, if I’m interviewing for Free People I’d wear flowly clothing with a boho vibe compared to a Chanel interview in which I’d wear all black with light makeup. I’ve actually been mistaken for an associate when I had just walked in for the interview! Such a compliment!
- Have a great resume and cover letter. I have probably redone my resume 10 times. I used a template to make mine (which was super easy I might add!) and had it read over by multiple people before sending it in. I also have a general template for my cover letter but change it (obviously) for each job.
- Use a name in your cover letter instead of “whom it may concern”! You may have to research it but it’ll look so much better if you have their actual name!
At the interview…
- Bring your resume. You probably have an awesome resume that you’ve already emailed the company but I always print a copy of mine, on cardstock paper, and bring it in just in case the manager doesn’t have a physical copy with them. They also will take it and it will help set you apart!
- Make eye contact. Making eye contact shows confidence and also respect. It is something that is really hard for me so I really try and work on it not only during the interview but I also practice with my friends and anyone I come in contact with.
After the interview…
- Shake their hand. Firmly. I mean you don’t have to break the persons hand but a nice firm handshake can mean the difference between a wimpy one. Thank them for their time, and once again eye contact!
- Send a follow up email. Sending a follow up thanking them for their time and telling them that you look forward from hearing from them not only shows that you are still interested but it also gives you the opportunity to stand out. Not everyone will do a follow up email and it’ll help keep your name in that managers head during the decision making process.
- Be patient. This is the worst part for me. I always get super anxious and check my email like a mad woman until I hear anything. Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that there is nothing else you can do and that you did your best.
Well I hope those small tips helped! I know they can sound kind of obvious but I feel like these things have really helped me get the job.
*stock photo from Helene in between