Everyone knows how competitive the job market can be. Finding open positions, applying to them, and even receiving an interview request can be difficult. Job interviews are nerve wracking and stress inducing and can seem like one of the most complicated parts of the job hunt. By following these simple steps, you are sure to nail your next job interview.

Research the Company Before Your Interview

Interviewers take the time to carefully review your resume before you even step foot in their office and expect you to do the same. Thoroughly researching a company, their culture, and what they do before the interview can not only calm your nerves but prepare you to answer difficult questions. Basic knowledge is a must and will save you from any small, embarrassing mistakes that could have been avoided by a quick Google search. Asking pointed question also shows to your interviewer that you are interested in the company and excited about the position.

Bring Professionally Printed Copies of your Resume

It seems redundant to bring your resume when you needed to send it in to apply for the position in the first place, but bringing your resume with you is a sign that you are a forward thinker and well-prepared. Before you go and print out your resume yourself, be sure you are using professional paper used specifically for resume printing. It may be more cost effective to get a few copies printed at your local printing store than to try and print it yourself.

Once you get copies of your resume printed, place them in a professional-looking folder for safe keeping while you travel to your interview.

Dress in Proper Interview Attire

It is important to dress in proper business attire when going to an interview. Even if you think the company is more casual, it is better to dress up. For men, wearing slacks, a matching blazer, as well as a button down shirt is highly recommended. For women, a button down shirt could be paired with slacks or an appropriate length pencil skirt as well as a blazer. Looking your best is important because it has a significant weight on the first impression you make.

Make Direct Eye Contact

Not only is making direct eye contact a sign of respect, it can also indicate how confident you are. When greeting your interviewer and shaking their hand, be sure to maintain direct eye contact. When someone is speaking to you directly, it is polite to make eye contact with the speaker and shows your high-self esteem.

Thank Your Interviewer for Their Time

Something that is often overlooked or seen as an outdated practice is thanking your interviewer. Even sending a quick email to thank them for their time is necessary. If you want to go above and beyond, send a thank you note to their office.

While all of the steps listed above can be crucial to nailing your next interview, and possibly being offered a job, the most important thing is to be yourself and be confident. After reading this, you’ll be well on your way to landing your dream job.

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