Getting Ready For Your First Job Interview

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A call for an interview can trigger a host of emotions, like excitement, thrill, anxiety, and uncertainty. How do you prepare yourself to deal with all this?

Don’t worry, we have you covered! Stop losing your sleep over it and focus on ways to get it right.

Even if you have faced many interviews, it is natural to get butterflies in your stomach right before you walk in. Use these tips to prepare yourself:

  • Research: There’s no better way to prepare yourself for your first interaction with the employer than by researching the company. You will find information about the company in their “Careers” or “About Us” sections. So, spend time reading these. Check their social media pages to know more about their vision.
  • Know about the job: You must know about the position you are applying for. It helps you understand if you are a good fit for the role. If you know anyone working for the brand, you can ask them about it and the company.
  • Prepare the space: Since many job interviews are online, you must find a suitable place. Wear business casuals for the interview to give the impression of a diligent and reliable employee.
  • Prepare for common interview questions: It’s a good idea to have answers ready for the more common questions like why you chose to apply for the company, what makes you a good fit for the role, how many other jobs you have applied for, what your salary expectations are, etc.
  • Think of questions to ask the employer: This is the surest way to know whether the company interviewing you is right for you. Ask them about the company culture, how they visualize growth, and where their past employees work now. It’s necessary to know if you can grow with the company.
  • Thank the interviewer: Once the questions are over, thank the employer for taking the time to see you. You can also follow it up with a thank-you note.
  • Follow up: Ask yourself whether you answered the questions correctly and if there’s room for improvement. If you don’t hear from them, don’t hesitate to follow up within a couple of weeks.

Your first interview may or may not go as expected, but it will always be a memorable experience for you. Every experience matters and allows you to improve yourself by learning from your mistakes.