Little time to prepare? – No problem; we’ve done
the research for you. Pursuing your dream job is a big step, so get the
ultimate start by using these best practices for success. 

1. Attitude - When was the last
time you heard that someone negative actually had something work out well for
them? Have a positive attitude and nothing will stand between you and your
dream job. If interviews make you nervous, remember you are not the only one in
the ‘hot seat’ – you are interviewing the company as well!

Be persistent and do not give up, there is no failure than that of not trying. 

2. Resume – It is paramount that
your resume be up-to-date and reader friendly (meaning well-spaced, formatted
with bold headings and clear, short points). Highlight and prioritize pertinent
experience and credits. Employers do not have time to ‘search’ your resume for
relevant information.

Next, take time to tailor your resume and cover
letter to the position you are applying for – doing so shows initiative and
that you researched the role and matched your skills and experience to
it.  This is also a good chance for some reflection - to double check that
the role would be a good fit for you, before moving forward. 

3. The Company – Be sure to arm
yourself with the best tools available. Research the company you are applying
to: its origin, when it was established and major clients - Wikipedia can be a
great resource for this.  We are extremely fortunate to have such
information at our fingertips and should take advantage of it. Ignore the bad
press that you read, as there is bound to be some, just keep an open mind.
Showing knowledge of current issues involving the company (whilst staying away
from controversial topics) will say a lot about you.

4. Interview Psychology - It is
important to present yourself in the way that you would like your prospective
employer to see you: organized, sincere and capable. Before the interview, make
sure you have: at least two crisp copies of your resume; business cards and;
any references you’d like to share.  

Practice a firm and assured handshake. Be polite,
smile and make eye contact. This can be challenging for many – bear in mind
that between 3 and 5 seconds is an acceptable length of time for professional
eye contact. It is important to engage and really interact with the person who
is speaking to you, also where possible try to draw on your own experiences
during your interview.

Interestingly enough, research has shown that it
is acceptable to glance at your hands, your lap or any materials (resume or
references) that may be the subject of discussion–balance is the key, just
don’t overdo it! 

Lastly, never underestimate the impact of simple
gestures: arriving on time, dressing appropriately (dark colors make the best
first impressions) and addressing your interviewer by name and paying attention
to your posture – no slouching! 

5. And last but certainly not
least…Breathe! Be calm in the knowledge that you have prepared and made your
best impression, now sit back and relax. 

Written by: Natasha Trevidi
JID - Editorial Team