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Tips for Job Interviews

todayJanuary 18, 2017 11

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By Alisa Pierce
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The fall semester is coming to a close and Christmas Break is almost upon us. Texas State students are starting to look for something to do over the break, and many are considering going to work. College is expensive and the break offers students some time to earn money, so hiring positions are being filled up fast. If you’re looking to land a new job over the break, here are some tips to do well in your interview:

Research the Job

Before you apply for any position, you should research what the job would entail and what would be expected of you. That way, you know exactly what you’re getting into and what to discuss in your interview. Most hiring managers or employers will ask questions that pertain to the job and why you’re interested in it, so don’t go into the interview blind.

Dress for Success

Photo courtesy of Liliana Rivera.
Setting aside a nice outfit the night before an interview can help your morning go more smoothly. Photo courtesy of Liliana Rivera.

Plan out your outfit the night before the interview. After you plan the outfit, make sure to lay it out in a way that wouldn’t wrinkle the clothing. Your outfit should be professional and appropriate, which means that nothing should be too short or too casual. Your hair should also be combed and styled to look nice.

Be On Time

Nothing kills an interview faster than being late. Unless there strange or emergency circumstances arise, you should arrive fifteen minutes early to be able to find the room in which your interview will be taking place, and to prepare yourself for the questions the employer will ask.

Be Relaxed and Prepared

Employers can tell if you’re stressed. Most hiring managers look for a calm individual who knows how to speak effectively on their goals, so being as relaxed as possible is very important.  You should also bring multiple copies of your resume in case the employer asks for more than one, or in case your interview takes place with multiple hiring managers.

Ask Questions
Asking insightful questions can separate you from other people trying to get the job, so don’t be afraid to get to know your boss and what the position involves. Do not crowd the interview time with too many questions, but there is nothing wrong in asking your potential boss what will be expected of you or how you can better the environment of the workplace.

Featured image by Alisa Pierce.

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