Your first real job interview can be a terrifying experience. Interviewees stress themselves out over what to wear and especially what to say. My experiences with job interviews have taught me not too take them too seriously. My first job interview after graduating college was with an insurance agency for a position that I was not at all interested in. Some people would consider going a complete waste of time but knowing that I would never take the position allowed me to approach the job interview as a learning experience.
I used that first interview to get a better idea of what to say and hone in on what employers were looking for. I did go out and get myself a great job interview outfit and I went in there with all the confidence in the world. One way to communicate your confidence to the interviewer is to give them a good, strong handshake. Where I come from, handshakes are a tradition when meeting a new person. Look the employer in the eye and give them a firm hand. This is a quick and simple way to assert yourself as a confident and self-assured applicant.
Always bring a copy of your current resume with you to a job interview. Be open and honest about your work experience but do not feel like you must be modest. Show them that you are a rare find who has qualities they will not find in anyone else. I feel more comfortable when I can throw in a bit of humor into a job interview. Without being too casual or laid back, I like to ease myself into the interview and help give a more human feel to the experience.
It is easy for a job interview to feel forced and unnatural and I find that a touch of humor can ease those feelings. I think that it is very important to be yourself in an interview. You would not want to have to keep up a fade once you have the job and you want the employer to know what kind of person they are really hiring.
Being yourself in a job interview will ensure that you end up in the right place and working at the right place makes all the difference in the world. The more natural and honest you are the better. I like to really put myself out there because I figure that it is important that they like me for who I am so that there is no confusion later as to what they can expect from me and what compromises I am likely to make.
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