Today was a big day solely for the fact that this afternoon, I had my first interview for a job in my field of study. It went well and I am proud of how it went, but I am overwhelmingly happy that it is finally over. The first-time-don’t-know-what-to-expect jitters are gone and I feel like I can finally breathe again.
Here’s some tips for all you peeps out there beginning to enter into the real world post-graduation:
- It’s more than okay to be nervous.
- Plan the route to your destination ahead of time, and give yourself at least 15 minutes leeway to account for traffic or other unexpected traffic scenarios.
- Make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork they want to look over – drivers license, social security card, official transcript, certifications, etc. It is better to bring too many things than not enough!
- Dress to impress. Even if the attire for said-job is more casual, it’s better to be overdressed than under!
- Show up at least 15 minutes early. You do not want to be late, but also want to prove that you’re ready and excited to be there!
- Smile, stand up, shake hands, sit down.
- Don’t cut yourself short! When the interviewer asks you to describe yourself, your talents, your aspirations, your qualifications, don’t undershoot. Preach it to the choir that you are awesome and deserve this job!
- Relax. Breathe. It will all be over before you know it!
Now, all that’s left to do is sit and wait for the call telling me if I got the job or not, and to prepare myself for [possible] other interviews to come! xoxo.