By: Kylie Widseth
Today is National Job Action Day, and if you’re still looking for the perfect job, don’t worry!
We all know that one of the scariest parts about getting a job can be the interview. It’s nerve-wracking not to know what questions will be asked of you. But don’t worry, we have some tips for you.
Don’t chew gum
Sure, we all want fresh breath, but opt for brushing your teeth or having a mint. Chewing gum can leave a bad impression. According to a poll done by CareerBuilders, employers found that one of the most common mistakes that interviewees made was chewing gum, which was in the same list as answering a cellphone and appearing arrogant.
It’s a simple thing to avoid, and it’s one less thing to worry about when it comes to making a good impression.
The general rule of thumb that has been passed along through generations is: If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, don’t bother showing up.
Show up to your interview five to 15 minutes early; if you have to wait, be patient. However, showing up early will show your employer that you’re capable of being on time.
Use your best handwriting
If the application is a written one, focus on using your best handwriting. This is the first impression of all, and if you can leave a good one, you’re on the road to success.
Find the space between humility and arrogance
Employers are turned off by arrogance, but being too humble can also turn them off. If you’re too shy about your accomplishments, they won’t get a sense of how great of a catch you are. Respectfully talk about what you’re capable of without bragging.
Being arrogant: “Yeah, my dad owns a company, so I know how to do just about everything around here. He’s taken me to some pretty fancy places, so let’s just say I’ve been around the block.”
Being confident: “I have a lot of experience working with people; I like to pay special attention to their body language and their tone of voice to completely understand how they feel about a particular service.”
In the first example, the candidate is being arrogant by leaning on his dad to boost his ego as well as his “fancy” experiences. In the second example, the candidate is being confident by leaning on his own abilities.
If you are looking for some more tips of finding the perfect job and nailing the interview, check out our book, The Young Adult’s Survival Guide to Interviews: Finding the Job and Nailing the Interview.