Interview Etiquette 101

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Meet Lily, our Editorial Intern at Bloguettes! She’s a GCU student, aspiring author, and blogger. When she’s not interning, you can find her writing away at a cute, local coffee shop, or with her nose in a book. With jobs becoming more competitive than ever nowadays, Lily is here to offer up some advice for acing that interview and getting the job!

Lily’s Interview Tips

You finally got the call for an interview for your dream job. You’re that much closer to reaching what you’ve worked so hard to get to! Now, you just have to ace the interview and make an impression. But how do you do that? Don’t worry, because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tips for interview success. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to get that job or internship!

1. Attire

Your clothes represent who you are as a person and will ultimately be the first thing your future employer sees. That first impression is key. Be sure to dress professional and sleek. You don’t want to look like you’re going to a gala, but you don’t want to give off vibe that you just rolled out of bed. Same goes with hair and makeup; keep it nice and professional. You can look up ideas on Pinterest for inspiration as well!

2. Handshake

You’ve probably heard this one a lot when you were younger. A good handshake is key for any life event. Some employers even hire based on the candidate’s handshake!

Studies show that handshakes can establish intimacy and trust in a matter of seconds and increase the quality of an interaction. So, make sure your dominant hand is free when going into the interview to shake the employer’s hand: firm, not weak.

3. Study, Study, Study

It’s nice to be prepared. For an interview, it’s crucial! You wouldn’t go into a test without studying, right? Same goes with interviews. Think of good answers for the basic questions you know they are going to ask you (i.e. strengths and weaknesses, areas of improvement, and basic facts about yourself). Even Googling the company and interview questions might pull up some results from other interviewers. The more information you can get in advance, the better!

Find out the 10 most frequently asked interview questions in the creative industry here!

4. Resume

Even though most companies have you submit resumes, cover letters, and references electronically, it’s important to at least bring one copy of each to an interview. This communicates professionalism and that you’re ready and prepared for anything. Employers also appreciate the hard copy because they can look through it during the interview and reference back to it!

5. Phones

Having a phone go off in an interview is a person’s worst nightmare. Not only is it distracting, but it’s rude to the person with you. Even on vibrate, it can make a pesky noise that can get annoying after a while. We don’t need to always have our phones on us. So, do yourself a favor and just turn it off and put it inside your purse or pocket during your interview! You can turn it back on after to call your mom and tell her you got the job!

6. Ask Questions!

At the end of the interview, the employer will always ask if you have any questions. Make sure you have some! Never say you don’t. Asking questions shows that you’re really interested in the company and job position. The questions you ask can be simple, like “What does a normal workday look like?” to “What is your favorite part about working here?” Think of some questions beforehand to ask, and you’ll be golden.

Now, go take these tips and put them into action and snag that job!

What are some of your go-to interview tips? Let us know in the comments below! While you’re at it, be sure to give us a follow on Bloglovin’ to keep up with all of our latest posts!

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