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How To Have a Successful First Job Interview

Whether you are walking into your first job interview or your tenth, treat each one like your first. Never take anything for granted. Follow proven advice:

  1. Arrive on time.
  2. Be prepared—know something about the company.
  3. Study the job requirements.
  4. Dress professionally according to the company standards.
  5. Anticipate basic questions and have answers ready.
  6. Plan to share a few on-the-job experiences to indicate your talent and skills.
  7. Greet the hiring manager in a friendly way with a firm handshake and smile.
  8. Send a personal thank you note in your own handwriting after the interview.

Keep in mind during your first job interview that the hiring manager’s responsibility is to hire the right candidate for the job being discussed. Therefore, he is on your side, as you may be the very one he needs and wants to fill the opening. Confirm this viewpoint by being that person.

Stand Out From the Crowd

It’s important to talk about yourself in a positive way, without bragging and showing off. Simply speak what is true and specific about your work experience and how you can apply what you know to the new position in a way that will increase the company’s revenue and reputation.

Be sure to speak clearly and with examples that are relevant to the new job. For example, if you’re interviewing for a position as a sales manager, it will be essential to discuss how you managed a sales team, expanded the territory, enlarged your outreach to potential clients, and kept the regular customers satisfied. These are the kinds of stories that will help stand out from the crowd of other interviewees during your first job interview.

Follow-up Notes

When the interview ends step outside stop and take a few notes so you’ll remember what occurred and who said what to whom. Then you’ll be in a better position to send a thoughtful thank you note and to be prepared if you are invited back for a second meeting.

Maybe something was said about leadership or management style or sales experience and you want to recall the words so you can include them in your follow-up letter after your first job interview. The more conscious and attentive you are the more you will garner support for the position you hope to fill.