The thought of your first job could be quite exciting but at the same time, it is quite natural for you to feel a bit stressed out and anxious about impressing your recruiters. When you think that some people would be scrutinizing your mannerisms, appearance, and the way you talk and even what you are talking, it could be a wee bit scary and uncomfortable.
If your recruiters approve of you, it may culminate in you getting a job offer, good salary, and a nice office. Obviously, there is much at stake but under no circumstances; you must lose your cool and composure. Here are a few tips for combating interview nerves and going on to impress the recruiters for your first ever job.
- Punctuality Is the Key: Do not be late to the interview for your first job. Be on time and create a good first impression among the recruiters. Remember, being punctual is the other way of letting others know that you know and appreciate the value of time. Just arrive a few minutes early and get mentally prepared for the upcoming job interview. Learn about the precise directions to the specific interview location. If you have any doubts in your mind about the way to get there, go the previous day and learn the route.
- Be Smartly Dressed: Wear semi-formal clothes that are clean and well-ironed. Avoid showing up in your faded jeans and a casual t-shirt. Even though a pair of jeans and a casual t-shirt could feel comfortable, your recruiters may not like the idea. Instead, you could consider wearing Khakis and a well-fitted collared shirt. Dress up smartly and do not forget to wear your heart-warming smile when you walk into the office.
- Do Your Homework Diligently: Be well-prepared for the interviewbecause that is the only and the most effective way of overcoming interview nerves. Do a thorough research about the company. Ask relevant questions about the company when asked about your questions regarding the organisation. Show an interest in what the company does. Be prepared to tell them why you wish to join the company. Keep practising the question-answer sessions on your own till you are perfect and confident with the questions and answers. Highlight your abilities, skills, and interests during the discussion. Your answers should be precise and brief.
- Highlight the Positive Aspect: Stay positive. Even best of candidates often need to go through rude and unfair behaviour and even rejections. Stay calm and avoid bitterness and cynicism in your job interview. Remember that your recruiters are not interested in hiring someone with an attitude issue. Stay away from negativity. Put on your lovely smile and be friendly.
- Stand Out from the Rest: It’s impossible for recruiters to remember you once you step out of the room, since for every interview there are numerous candidates. Human Resources department is finding it difficult to keep track of all your qualities or differences. Hence, it is essential to say or do something that would help you stand out from the rest and be memorable to the recruiters.
Be realistic and realize that you would not know answers to all the interview questions. More often than not, interviewers purposely ask you difficult questions just to see your reactions. So stay calm and composed.