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So you’ve finished your path in education, now what? Many start to look for their first job. But, before you get the job, you need to get the interview. Interviews can seem like a daunting task especially as a new member of the workforce. It’s normal to have some nerves, this is totally normal. If you go in prepared you will feel a lot better. Here are a few tips to help you ace your first interview. 

Educate Yourself 

When you’re applying for a job and then interviewing, it’s essential that you study up on the company you’ll potentially work for and the job description. Do some research on the company to learn more about their operations and culture. Many interviewers will ask what you know about their employer. That’s why reading through the “About Us” section on their website is a good place to start. Similarly, Interviewers will ask questions related to the job you are applying for. Read the job description to make sure you understand the day-to-day and overall role responsibilities. If you know someone that works at the company, ask them what they know about the job you are interested in. Also take some time to inquire about their first hand experience working for your prospective employer. 

Be Prepared 

There are many different areas that you should be prepared to face head on before and during your first interview. First, you must dress the part, or “dress for success”. No matter the work culture, always make sure to dress appropriately in freshly pressed attire (even if the company has a casual dress code, you’ll still want to dress at least business casual). If you don’t know what to wear, ask a friend or family member to help you. You can also get advice on interview attire from former professors or teachers. Have at least 5 copies of your resume on hand during the interview. You never know who may want your resume. Make sure to also have a list of references and questions you may have about the position on hand. 

Sitting for your first interview may seem like a stressful experience. But, if you come in prepared with your resume, and basic knowledge of the organization you’ll be ready to answer any question that comes your way.

Khoa-Nathan Ngo