Tips for a Successful First Job Interview!

First Job Interview

The first job interview is one of the last steps to getting the job of your dreams. It is especially nerve-wracking if you have just graduated and are looking for a place of work. Perhaps you do not know where to start and who to ask. Everything stresses you out because, in the world of work, you are a beginner.

Getting to the process of a job interview means you have done a lot of things right. That is, you have managed to get the recruiter interested in your resume. They think you are a promising candidate and can potentially fill the position. 

Obviously, a job interview is crucial to getting a job offer, as it allows people from the company to get to know you better. You should pay attention to how to prepare for your first job interview and how to act in the best way possible. Here is what you need to know:

1. Learn information about the company

Forget about coming for an interview without reading or hearing about the organization or the position. It may not be easy to find specific information about the company, but you can look through its website and, if it is a huge company, read the news. 

Regarding the interviewer, the basic thing is to see if they are present on social networks such as LinkedIn to know a little about their professional life and what type of content they share. What if they post information about the company or how to get a position?

Look for as much information as possible about the company, its history, values, and what it has recently stood out for. This can help you look responsible.

2. Talk about your professional experience

Recruiters can ask you about your previous job experience. If you do not have it yet, admit it. There is nothing wrong with it. Read your resume and highlight what you would like them to hear. You can talk about your volunteer experience or point out that you had internships.

Speak positively about your previous experience if you have any and describe your most important achievements that are related to the position you are applying for. Try to make it sound like a story to grab the interviewer’s attention.

You can also add a speech lasting no more than 2 minutes in which you can express your strengths, abilities, what you are most passionate about that is related to the position, and what you can contribute to the company if you are selected.

3. Dress appropriately

Your resume has managed to generate a positive image that has caught the attention of the recruiter. However, the first impression is key since it allows people from the company to know if you are the right person and if you fit into the culture of the company.

Therefore, it is advisable to do some research on organizational culture. This can give you information about possible dress codes and what type of wear they prefer.

The first impression can be decisive, and the idea is that you should wear clothes according to the sector in which you are presenting yourself as a candidate. Choose formal, well-presented, and neat clothes.

Avoid distractions such as necklines, colorful or large accessories, excess makeup, or too elaborate hairstyles. 

4. Be calm

You can be asked questions about your weakness, what you would like to improve in yourself, or anything that may perplex you. Answer calmly and think ahead of time about what to say.

For example, do not expose weaknesses that could pose a problem for that job position. That is, if you are applying for a position that involves the use of technology, do not say that you are bad at it. Instead, you can say that you are still improving what needs to be enhanced.

5. Arrive on time 

Go to sleep early and wake up at least an hour before the interview starts. If the interview is virtual, prepare your computer and web camera. 

However, it is not necessary to arrive long before the interview. Find out how much time it will take to get from your house to the company’s office and plan your journey. 

6. Pay attention to your body language

Avoid crossing your arms, hiding your hands, and constantly touching your face. Control the movements of your legs, feet, and trunk. If you do not, it will make seem that you are nervous.

Always look the interviewer in the eyes and try to smile whenever necessary. 

7. Listen carefully to the questions

When asked something, try to be polite and attentive. Do not lie or exaggerate. Make it seem effortless and calm.

Do not interrupt the interviewer. Speak without hesitation, and do not go into too much detail. At the end of the interview, you can ask questions about the position, company, or its owners. You can also say that it would be a pleasure to work at the company. Do not forget to thank the recruiter for their time. It will make you look positive in their eyes.

8. Be genuinely interested

If you did not find the information you wanted to know on the website, ask recruiters. You may also want to know specific questions about the salary, if it is possible to work remotely, or anything else. If you do, do not hesitate to ask.

Additionally, ask for their contact information. If you forgot to get it after the interview, you can find the recruiters’ contacts on Nuwber

These small actions will make you look genuinely interested. It can benefit you in the long run.

9. Follow up after the interview

The tips for a successful first job interview are not only related to preparation. It is especially important to follow up after one week. Therefore, if you have not received a response after your interview, a good option is to write an email or make a call. 

Get more information about the selection process because some companies clarify that they can take more time. If you know that they take more than a week, wait a bit longer. However, try not to go overboard. Do not write multiple emails asking if they have hired you or not. Be patient and prepare to get the job of your dreams.

First Job Interview article and permission to publish here provided by Olivia Anderson. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on January 6, 2023.