Everything starts with a good intention.
Picture this: Young intelligent eager woman ready to move her way up in the work force from her slew of high school jobs and into the real world of 9-5 water cooler banter.
In the time that has past since being fresh out of high school, I have learned you can be the best candidate for a job, but presentation is 50 percent of what goes into the deciding factor. How you promote yourself in your language and looks, are the images the interviewer will take into consideration along with your knowledge and experience.
I learned that the hard way during one particular post-high school job interview.
What not to do on an interview (via my own personal experience).
Don’t wear all black because you think it is professional and slimming (I have fair skin and it washed me out).
Don’t wear anything form fitting (when you sit down it all hangs out no mater what your frame, and if you are busty like me, beware those top buttons, and when fabric stretches, it makes things more visible in certain lighting).
Don’t wear your hair in a tight bun (it doesn’t make you look sleek or grown up, it just made my ears stick out more).
Don’t wear make-up that you have never tried before, or too much of it, or in the wrong color for your skin tone (I looked like a vampire with allergies).
2. Language (verbal and non verbal):
Don’t use pop cultural references or trending jargon, swear, or lewd language (it does not make you seem cool or more adult).
Don’t use words incorrectly (if you don’t know the meaning of a word don’t use it and don’t fake it).
Don’t use big words (you will end up sounding pompous or trip over them and say them incorrectly).
Don’t slouch, keep your mouth open, or your legs for that matter (good posture will save your life one day).
What I wish I would have done:
- Maintained regular eye contact
- Have a sturdy handshake
- Act like I was interested and ask legitimate probing questions
- Done a prep interview before hand to handle the interview questions to give better and more thoughtful answers
- Eaten something before so my stomach would not growl
- Researched more about the company
- Brought a tissue to wipe my sweat and makeup filled forehead instead of using my arm (I was wearing all black if you recall)
In my youthful exuberance, independence, and know-it-all-attitude, I wish I would have taken the time to heed others advice or at least asked someone to aid me in preparation for my first real world job interview. Instead I went above and beyond rookie mistakes and bombed that interview in epic proportions.
To find out more about my good intentions and what I have learned, visit my blog.