With graduation right around the corner, we are experiencing an influx of interviews here at International Business Concepts. This is an exciting time for our company because our growth, much like any company’s, is 100% intertwined with the talent we recruit. Similar to a sports team, we’re constantly scouting new talent and looking for both experienced and inexperienced additions to our lineup! Whether you’ve interviewed 100 times or this is your first interview, the last thing our management team wants is for a prime candidate to be overlooked because they showed up to their interview unprepared or nervous. To help, we’ve put together a list of three tips that will help anyone walk into an interview with their best foot forward! Do you have your pen and paper ready?! Here we go!
Research – Google is your friend
Research, research, research!! We simply can’t say this enough. You may be at the top of your graduating class or a top performer with your current company, but if you walk into an interview with zero knowledge of the company you’re interviewing for, their management team, and their company values, then your resume will end up at the bottom of the recruitment pile! An interviewer wants to see that you are interested in their company and that you are professional enough to enter an interview knowing the company’s history and goals. So, turn off Netflix and stop drooling over your cap and gown for thirty minutes and get to googling!
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have
You never get a second chance at making a stellar first impression! You are no longer in the college atmosphere where blue jeans and t-shirts will cut it in the dress code department. Your interview will take place in a professional atmosphere, meaning you need to dress the part! Guys, you need to wear a freshly ironed suit, dress shirt, and tie. Ladies, a steamed dress or pantsuit will be perfect. This is the big leagues and the last thing you want is to put a bad taste in an interviewer’s mouth because you forgot to wear dress shoes. Which reminds us – no sneakers!!
Pay attention to your body language
You’ve entered the lobby and now it’s time to greet the receptionist. Stand up straight, smile, and give them a firm handshake. These details may seem silly, but they say a lot about you before you even open your mouth. How you hold yourself tells your interviewer how confident and professional you are. Put your best foot forward by behaving professionally… but don’t forget to be true to yourself. Our advice – keep a smile on your face, be excited, and let your interviewer know that you have what it takes to be successful at their company.
All in all, searching for a new job is intimidating but totally manageable through preparation! We’re excited for you as you start to venture out and find your place in the business world. Don’t let simple, preventable mistakes stop you from landing your dream job, and like the pros, be prepared to practice a few times before you take your shot. Not everyone gets their dream job the first go-around. Do your research, dress the part, and walk confidently into your interview. From all of us at International Business Concepts, GOOD LUCK!!