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Tips for a Successful First Interview

Before your first job interview, during your first job interview, after your first job interview.

Are you a teen who just started your first job search? If you're about to go to a job interview for the first time, you may be feeling a bit nervous. Don't let the stress get to you.

Remember, your interviewer is likely accustomed to interviewing first-time job seekers. Plus, everyone has a first interview in their work history. With your first interview under your belt, it will get much easier. 

The key to having a successful interview—whether it's your first or your fiftieth—is to prepare ahead of time, dress appropriately, and try to stay calm.

Practicing answering interview questions beforehand is also very helpful.  

Here are tips to help make that first interview a success.

Research the company.  Take some time to  research the company , so you are familiar with how they operate. There is a lot of company information available online. You might be asked what you know about the organization, so check out the "About Us" and "Careers" section of the company website if you're interviewing with a large employer. For smaller employers, review their website to get an idea of what the company is about. Also, check social media pages to ascertain the company's current focus.

Learn about the job.  Find out as much as you can about the position you’re applying for, then ask yourself, "Why am I the best person for this role?" Do you know someone who works at the company? Ask them about the job, the  interview process , and the company. The more you know about the job, the easier it will be to answer questions about why you'd be a good fit for it.

Practice interviewing.  Review typical teen  interview questions and answers , then ask a family member or friend to ask you some questions so you can practice your answers. You may also want to review the ten most common interview questions . 

These tips will help you  practice interviewing , so you'll be more comfortable with the process.

Get references. Have a list of a few people who can give you a reference . Teachers, neighbors, coaches, and family friends are all options.

Dress appropriately.  Choose simple and appropriate attire for the position you are interviewing for. If you're not sure what to wear, ask an adult family member, teacher, or guidance counselor. Take a look at what you shouldn't wear to a first job interview, as well.

The "grandma" rule is always a good one to go by. If your grandma would approve of the outfit, you have made the right choice.

Write a resume.  A resume will make a good impression on the interviewer. You don't need formal work experience to write a resume. You can include informal experience, volunteering, academic achievements, and your participation in sports or clubs. Bring a copy of your resume, if you have one, to the interview, as well as a pen and paper so you can take notes. Here's how to  write your first resume .

Get directions and a ride.  If you need a ride to the interview, line it up ahead of time. Make sure you know where you are going for the interview so that you do not get lost and are either on time or—even better—a few minutes early. 

Send a thank-you note immediately after the interview to each person that interviewed you to remind them about how interested you are in the position.

Key Takeaways

PREPARE IN ADVANCE:  That means practicing how you'll answer common interview questions, and spending some time learning about the company and role. 

DON'T LET NERVES TAKE OVER:  It's OK to feel a bit nervous before an interview. Just don't let those feelings get in the way of your listening to the interviewer's questions, and responding to the best of your ability. 

THANK THE INTERVIEWER:  You'll want to verbally thank the interviewer at the end of the conversation, and also follow up with a written thank you note afterward.  

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1. do your research.

Research on the company you are applying to is one of the most fundamental preparations for job interviews. Take some time to learn about the company. Get yourself familiar with the operations of the company. With the power of the internet, there are tons of information with just a few clicks of your fingers. 

Why doing research on the company is important?

Often during an interview, your interviewer will ask you what you know about the company. This is to see if you are really interested in joining the company or, just trying your luck.

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How do you do your research?

2. learn about the job.

If you know what the job is about, you will know what attribute your interviewer is looking for in the candidate.

How to start learning more about the job?

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3. practice your interview.

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4. Dress For The Occasion

Choose what you wear according to the company’s culture and the position you are seeking.

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5. be punctual.

Imagine the look of your wife, who has been waiting for you for over an hour. Does she look pleased or pissed? Probably, it will be more pissed than pleased.

When should you arrive at the interview location?

6. make great first impression.

A greeting that makes good eye contact , in clear confident voice and a firm handshake will probably give you the right first impression to your interviewers.

Making a good first impression with eye contact

7. show enthusiasm.

During your first job interview, your employer is interviewing dozens of candidates each day and you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

8. Get a Referral

Getting referred to a company give you a major advantage over all other candidates, because you have someone on your side who can vouch that you will be a good hire.

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9. end your interview on a good note.

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10. follow-up on your job application, when to send your follow-up email.

When you’ve finished your interview, write a follow-up email at the end of the day of the interview.

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7 Tips for a First Job Interview

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Are you a young teen or college student looking for tips for your first job interview? These 7 tips from our panel of career coaches plus sample questions and answers will help you respond clearly and professionally, so you can build the confidence you need to ace that interview.

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Nervous about preparing your first job interview because you have no experience? We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make a good first impression, from introducing yourself at the start of the interview right up to the end with well-thought-out follow-up questions.

Additionally, we provide interview sample questions and answers to help you get started.

Here are some essential tips to nail a first interview for a job:

1. Research the company

One of the first steps to acing an interview is to know what to expect before you sit down to talk with the interviewer.

The best way to do this is to take some time to research the company and the position before the interview. This will help you understand what they’re looking for in a candidate and allow you to prepare solid answers in advance.

Not only that, but showing that you’re knowledgeable about a company in the interview demonstrates that you’re genuinely interested in the position and ready to learn.

Going into the interview, be sure to highlight any details that you learned about the company and how you can fit into their organization. For example, if you’re interviewing at a company that holds regular company sports events, highlight your athletic side in the interview to show you’d be a great culture fit.

2. Read the job description carefully

It’s a good idea to thoroughly read a job description to lower the number of job applications you send out and also help you prepare for an interview. Reading the job description carefully ensures you understand what’s expected of you in the role you’re interviewing for and make an informed decision about whether a job is right for you .

When you’re interviewing, think back on what you read in the job description, and be sure to highlight any skills you have that the employer is specifically looking for.

To start, look for the job’s minimum requirements stating a candidate’s desired education, linguistic abilities, work experience, work ethic, and work style, like in the following example:

Make sure you understand a hiring manager’s choice of language and font styles in the job description, like bold text, which show these requirements are critical to fulfilling the position.

Then, determine the strengths and capabilities you’ll want to highlight based on the listed duties, like in the following example:

example of a job position's responsibilities

This candidate has decided which responsibilities they excel at and will communicate these strengths during the interview. For example, they’ll mention their ability to deliver exceptional customer service , their ability to work in a fast-paced environment , to understand each customer’s needs , and to solve customer problems .

If anything’s unclear in the job description, make sure you make a note of it and ask the hiring manager during the interview. Don’t make promises to commit to a role before fully understanding your responsibilities.

Since this is your first job, the hiring manager will expect you to ask questions and show some initiative. After all, you’re starting out in the working world to build experience.

3. Prepare answers to common interview questions

Interviewers ask questions to get a better idea of your skills and your ability to perform the job, as well as get more information about your character and how you work with others.

10 common interview questions to have nailed down

To prepare, you should review some of the most common interview questions and prompts, such as:

After you’ve thought carefully about your answers to these first job interview questions, practice with someone you trust who can provide constructive feedback. This could be a family member, a mentor, or a friend. The more you practice with different people and learn from their feedback, the more confident you’ll be during the actual interview.

Remember, while some interviews are in-person, others may be conducted over a phone call, so you should prepare yourself for both possibilities.

4. Practice using the STAR method

If you don’t have any prior work experience, you might be asked behavioral interview questions . This is when the hiring manager determines how you behave or react in a specific situation. One good way to structure your answers for this kind of interview is by using the STAR method .

For example, if you’re asked the following:

Sample Interview Question

“Describe a scenario where you overcame adversity to reach a goal.”

A good answer to this question would be this:

Sample Answer

“ I was assigned to a team project in science class with 3 other students. Since this is a subject I’m passionate about and excel at, I thought I should lead the team and assign responsibilities to work on the project together.

We all had busy schedules but my teammates would often skip our lunch meetings or wouldn’t do their tasks. I couldn’t understand why they weren’t putting in the effort for such an important project. We were really falling behind and with only 2 weeks until our presentation, I decided we needed to find a solution together to get them more involved.

After taking the time to listen to each team member, we realized that no one enjoyed the parts I had assigned to them. So we brainstormed together and came up with a solution that worked with everyone’s schedule and interests. Because everyone’s new task played to their strengths and our meetings had become just quick follow-up messages online, we were able to finish the project on time and get an A. ”

This candidate shows not only how they overcame a problem, but how they used their communication skills , active listening skills, and critical thinking skills as well.

With the STAR method, they successfully explained the situation, the problem, what action they took to resolve it, and the positive result they achieved.

5. Come up with questions for the interviewer

This is your chance to clarify anything that wasn’t clear about the job description or the interview itself. Additionally, asking good questions during the interview, helps you come off as interested in the job and well-prepared.

It’s a good idea to brainstorm questions ahead of time that cover six aspects of a job:

To illustrate this, here are sample questions to ask an interviewer :

Questions to ask an interviewer

If anything is unclear during the interview, asking questions will demonstrate your interest in the position. Make use of your pen and paper (if you brought one) to note down essential information throughout the interview and leave most of the question-asking for the end.

6. Make a good first impression during the interview

With 33% of hiring managers deciding if they’ll hire a candidate within the first 90 seconds, making a great first impression is crucial.

If you’re interviewing virtually through a platform like Zoom or Skype , you should still dress professionally. In fact, 55% of interviewers confirmed that dressing appropriately makes a great first impression.

While professional attire depends on the type of job you’re interviewing for, business casual is almost always a safe bet.

What to do before an interview

What not to do before an interview

During an interview, you’ll need to polish your image to make the best first impression possible to present yourself professionally. Make a lasting impression by leaving on a strong, memorable note.

What to do during an interview

What not to do during an interview

An interview isn’t over even if you’ve left the room. These final steps will cement your image as a potential candidate in the hiring manager’s mind.

What to do after an interview

What not to do after an interview

7. Follow up after the interview

Making a good first impression doesn’t stop when the interview stops. Make sure you also send a  follow up email after the interview to impress the hiring manager.

Send a well-written thank-you letter after the interview (or email) within 24 hours while they still have your profile in mind. You should briefly re-state your interest in the position and express appreciation for the interviewer taking time out of their day.

Additionally, you’ll want to follow up on your job application within a week if you haven’t yet been contacted. Not hearing back from a hiring manager after your first follow-up doesn’t mean you’ve been disqualified. They may be too busy with work or are still processing other applications and you may need to follow up more than once.

It’s important to show professionalism and follow up during the final step of your job application to show your interest in the position.

As a candidate with little or no experience, following these tips for a first interview will help you stand out from other applicants who may not put as much effort into interview preparation.

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Dominique is a Content Writer at Resume Genius, where she enjoys crafting content to better equip job seekers. She graduated from Yonsei GSIS in Korea with a Master's... more

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First Job Interview Tips & What to Expect

Having pre-interview jitters? You’re not alone. In fact, 92% of adults in the U.S. report feeling nervous about at least one part of the interview , according to a national Harris Poll.

However, the days leading up to your first job interview don’t need to be a time of stress and anxiety. With the right preparation tactics and a solid idea of what to expect, you can confidently perform.

So take a deep breath, and read the practical first job interview tips below. When the interview rolls around, you’ll be glad you did.

Preparing for the Interview

Understanding how to prepare for the first job interview is the first step to success. For many, it’s difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve broken down the interview process into four central components below.

Your Knowledge of the Company and Role

Step number one is performing research on the company you’ll be interviewing with. Whether you’re interviewing with a Fortune 500 company or a small business, having an understanding of the company will help you in more ways than one.

First, you’ll have more to talk about with the interviewer if you’re informed about the company. Second, it will show that you care enough about this role to invest time researching the organization. Lastly, as you learn more about the company, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what they are all about. This allows you to assess whether you align with the firm.

Here are a few areas of the company that are worth looking into before the interview:

Of course, it’s not possible to know everything about the company. That’s not the point here. You simply want to gather enough information so that you come across as engaged and informed. This brings us to the next section of the interview preparation.

Your Answers

Now that you’ve looked into the company, it’s time to dive into some practice. Start with a list of common interview questions . You can also look around online for company-specific interview questions that past candidates sometimes share. Once you have a list of questions, it’s time to craft your responses.

While your answers to interview questions should be unique to you and your experiences, there are some general guidelines to follow.

1. Stay on topic

When formulating your responses, include relevant details that put you in a positive light. There’s no need to ramble on or dive into topics that don’t help the interviewer assess whether you’d be a good fit.

2. Use the STAR format

Speaking of staying on topic, the STAR format is a great framework for answering questions in your first job interview.

STAR stands for situation, task, action and result and refers to the order in which you should present a story that showcases your relevant skills. For a question that pairs perfectly with a STAR response, view number seven on this list of common interview questions . 

3. Be Truthful 

A CareerBuilder report found that 75% of HR managers have spotted a lie on a resume. Imagine how much more awkward getting caught in a lie during the interview would be. That would not help your chances of getting the job. So aim to be honest and accurate in each response.

If you’re worried about coming across as underqualified, scan your past involvement for relevant skills. You’ve likely picked up important skills from group projects, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Your Appearance

Clothing is one form of nonverbal communication that speaks volumes. When preparing your ideal interview attire, aim for a neat and modest look. If you’re feeling uncertain about what to wear for your first job interview, analyzing the company culture and the industry can help you decide.

The level of formality will depend on the company. For instance, a finance firm will require a business professional look, while a creative marketing agency would call for a business casual outfit. When in doubt, it’s better to dress up rather than going too casual.

Before the interview, try on the complete outfit to make sure it fits well and that you can sit comfortably in it. Examine the outfit carefully to ensure that the fabric is free of stains, tears or anything else that would communicate a lack of attention to detail.

Your Confidence Levels

An essential step in preparing for your first job interview is practice. This is what will help calm your nerves so you can project confidence throughout the interview. But how do you practice for an interview?

Going over questions and answers in the mirror is not enough. Since you’re new to this communication format, a mock interview will give you the practice you need to put your skills to the test. To get the best out of your mock interview, you’ll want to utilize a platform that provides feedback on your performance.

Remember, learning how to prepare for tough interview questions requires multiple rounds of change to: practice. So don’t be discouraged if you have trouble. Just keep practicing and working to improve yourself for the big day of the actual interview.

5 Tips for Acing Your First Job Interview

You’ve done the research, selected a suitable outfit and gone through some mock interviews. Now, remember these five helpful tips for the first job interview.

1. Treat everyone well (not just the hiring manager)

From the secretary who greets you to the other candidates you may encounter, be kind and respectful to each person you come in contact with. This can make you memorable for all the right reasons when it comes time to decide who gets the job.

2. Have questions ready for the interview

You don’t want to end the interview on an unimpressive note. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, pull out a list you’ve prepared ahead of time. Make sure you ask some interesting questions , not ones with answers that can easily be found online.

3. Bring a notebook and pen with you 

One way to stand out and to help gather your thoughts during the interview is to take notes. This is a great way to show the interviewer that you are engaged. Plus, writing can help to calm any nervousness you may be feeling at the start.

4. Be mindful of body language

Roll your shoulders back and sit up straight during an interview. Look the interviewer in the eye to establish trust. These may seem like minor details, but nonverbal communication plays a large role in how others perceive you.

5. Thank the interviewer  

Within 24 hours of the interview, send a note thanking the interviewer for their time. This can be a physical note or an email. Either way, you’ll show the interviewer that you appreciate the opportunity and look forward to joining the team.

Take the Smart Approach to Interview Preparation

We hope you enjoyed those tips for your first job interview. Read on for one more!

You only get one chance to make a lasting impression on the interviewer. Set yourself up for the best possible interview by preparing with InterviewFocus.

With innovative AI technology, InterviewFocus examines your eye contact, body language, facial expressions and more to provide detailed feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. Then, you can receive personalized coaching to improve the areas that need work.

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10 Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Use this guide to stand out from the crowd and land the role you want.

Interviews can be high stress, anxiety-driving situations, especially if it’s your first interview. A little practice and preparation always pays off. While we can’t know exactly what an employer will ask, here are 10 common interview questions along with advice on how to answer them. The questions include:

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Below is a list of 10 common job interview questions, along with answering techniques that will help you dazzle your prospects, and hopefully, secure the role you want.

1. Could you tell me about yourself and describe your background in brief?

Interviewers like to hear stories about candidates. Make sure your story has a great beginning, a riveting middle, and an end that makes the interviewer root for you to win the job.

Talk about a relevant incident that made you keen on the profession you are pursuing and follow up by discussing your education. In the story, weave together how your academic training and your passion for the subject or industry the company specializes in, combined with your work experience, make you a great fit for the job. If you’ve managed a complex project or worked on an exciting, offbeat design, mention it.

Example:  “I come from a small town, where opportunities were limited. Since good schools were a rarity, I started using online learning to stay up to date with the best. That’s where I learned to code and then I went on to get my certification as a computer programmer. After I got my first job as a front-end coder, I continued to invest time in mastering both front- and back-end languages, tools, and frameworks.”

2. How did you hear about this position?

Employers want to know whether you are actively seeking out their company, heard of the role from a recruiter, or were recommended to the position by a current employee. In short, they want to know how you got to them.

If someone recommended you for the position, be sure to say their name. Don’t assume that the interviewer already knows about the referral. You’ll probably want to also follow up with how you know the person who referred you. For example, if you and Steve (who recommended you) worked together previously, or if you met him over coffee at a networking event, mention it to give yourself a little more credibility. If Steve works at the company and suggested that you apply for the job, explain why he thought you’d be the perfect fit.

If you sought out the role yourself, be clear about what caught your eye — extra bonus points if you can align your values with the company and their mission. You want to convince the hiring manager that you chose their company, over all other companies, for a few specific reasons.

Lastly, if you were recruited, explain why you took the bait. Did this role sound like a good fit? Does it align with the direction you want to take your career? Even if you weren’t familiar with the organization prior to being recruited, be enthusiastic about what you’ve learned and honest about why you’re interested in moving forward with the process.

Example : “I learned about the position through LinkedIn as I’ve been following your company’s page for a while now. I’m really passionate about the work you’re doing in X, Y, and Z areas, so I was excited to apply. The required skills match well with the skills I have, and it seems like a great opportunity for me to contribute to your mission, as well as a great next move for my career.”

3. What type of work environment do you prefer?

Be sure to do your homework on the organization and its culture before the interview. Your research will save you here. Your preferred environment should closely align to the company’s workplace culture (and if it doesn’t, it may not be the right fit for you). For example, you may find on the company’s website that they have a flat organizational structure or that they prioritize collaboration and autonomy. Those are key words you can mention in your answer to this question.

If the interviewer tells you something about the company that you didn’t uncover in your research, like, “Our culture appears buttoned-up from the outside, but in reality, it’s a really laid-back community with little competition among employees,” try to describe an experience you’ve had that dovetails with that. Your goal is to share how your work ethic matches that of the organization’s.

Example:  “That sounds great to me. I like fast-paced work environments because they make me feel like I’m always learning and growing, but I really thrive when I’m collaborating with team members and helping people reach a collective goal as opposed to competing. My last internship was at an organization with a similar culture, and I really enjoyed that balance.”

4. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

The employer wants to know: Do you hold down the fort or crumble under pressure? They want to make sure that you won’t have a meltdown when the pressure becomes intense and deadlines are looming. The ability to stay calm under pressure is a highly prized talent.

Share an instance when you remained calm despite the turmoil. If it’s a skill you’re developing, acknowledge that and include the steps you’re taking to respond better to pressure in the future. For example, you could indicate that you’ve started a mindfulness practice to help you better deal with stress.

Example:  “I realize stressful situation are always going to come up, and I definitely have had to learn how to navigate them throughout my career. I think I get better at it with every new experience. While working on a new product launch at my last company, for example, things were not going according to plan with my team. Instead of pointing fingers, my first reaction was to take a step back and figure out some strategies around how we could we solve the problem at hand. Previously, I may have defaulted to panicking in that situation, so being calm and collected was definitely a step forward and helped me approach the situation with more clarity.”

5. Do you prefer working independently or on a team?

Your answer should be informed by the research you’ve done on the company culture and the job in question. Nevertheless, you should expect that most work environments will have some team aspect.

Many positions require you to work collaboratively with other people on a daily basis, while some roles require you to work on your own. When you answer this question, highlight the best traits of your personality and how they fit the job requirements. It could also be in your interest to answer this question by highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of both situations.

Example: “I enjoy a blend of the two. I like having a team to strategize with, get diverse opinions from, and reach out to for feedback. But I am also comfortable taking on assignments that require me to work independently. I find I do some of my best work when I can focus alone in a quiet space, but I really value collaborating with my teammates to come up with the best ideas.”

6. When you’re balancing multiple projects, how do you keep yourself organized?

Employers want to understand how you use your time and energy to stay productive and efficient. They’re also looking to understand if you have your own system for staying on track with the work beyond the company’s schedules and workflow plans. Be sure to emphasize that you adhere to deadlines and take them seriously.

Discuss a specific instance when you stayed on track. Talk about the importance and urgency of the projects you were working on and how you allocated your time accordingly. Explain how you remain organized and focused on the job in front of you.

Example:  “I’m used to juggling projects at my current job where I’m often moving between coding one software program to another. I use the timeboxing technique to make sure they’re all on track, allocating time on my calendar for certain tasks. I’ve found it really helps me prioritize what needs to get done first, and it holds me accountable for the more repetitive day-to-day tasks I’m responsible for.”

7. What did you do in the last year to improve your knowledge?

This question may come up as a result of the pandemic. Employers want to know how people used their time differently. Know that you don’t have to feel scared about answering this question if you didn’t spend your time brushing up on skills or taking courses. We learn from any experience we have.

If you spent time honing your professional skills, you might say the following.

Example:  “The extra time on my plate really allowed me to get introspective around where I want to take my career. I read a lot of journals to keep abreast of the latest ideas in my field, and sharpened my skills by taking some online courses, such as…” (and then be specific).

If you chose to work on your personal development, you could say something like the following.

Example: “Like everyone else, I, too, gained some time last year from not having to travel two hours a day to and from work. I decided to spend my time on things I love. So I got back to learning how to play the guitar and journaling. I feel it brought me closer to myself and has been really great for my mental health and productivity.”

8. What are your salary expectations?

Before you walk in for your first interview, you should already know what the salary is for the position you’re applying to. Check out websites such as Glassdoor, Fishbowl, or Vault.com for salary information. You could also ask people in the field by reaching out to your community on LinkedIn.

Employers will always ask this question because every position is budgeted, and they want to ensure your expectations are consistent with that budget before moving forward.

Remember that it’s often better to discuss a salary range rather than a specific number during the interview and leaving room for negotiation. It’s also better to err on the side of caution and quote a slightly higher number as it’s easier to negotiate downward than upward. As a general rule of thumb, I advise not bringing up the questions about salary until your interviewer does or bringing it up too early in the process.

Example:  “Based on my skills and experience and on the current industry rates, I’m looking at a salary around $____” (then fill in with your desired salary range and rationale).

9. Are you applying for other jobs?

Interviewers want to know if you’re genuinely interested in this position or if it’s just one of your many options. Simply, they want to know if you’re their top choice. Honesty is the best policy. If you’re applying for other jobs, say so. You don’t have to necessarily say where you’re applying unless you have another offer. But they might want to know where in the hiring process you are with other companies. You can also mention that you’re actively looking for offers if your interviewer asks.

Example:  “I’ve applied to a couple of other firms, but this role is really the one I’m most excited about right now because…”

10. From your resume it seems you took a gap year. Would you like to tell us why that was?

Gap years are more popular in some cultures than others. In some professions, gap years may have a negative connotation (the industry moves too fast and you’re not up to date).

Let your interviewer know that your gap year wasn’t about procrastinating over your transition from childhood to adulthood, but that it added value to the confident professional you have become. Based on what part of the world you’re in and how common these are, employers are likely looking to hear stories of what you did and how your experiences have benefitted and prepared you for this role.

Provide a short explanation of why you decided to pursue a gap year, then focus on what came out of it that made a positive difference for your future.

Example: “During my last year of high school, I didn’t feel ready to choose my educational path, so I took a wilderness course for a few months to sort out my life goals. It may seem a little random, but the time I spent actually helped my develop so many new skills — in the areas of leadership, communication, (etc…). During that time, I realized that I wanted to earn a degree in (state your degree) to align with my passion (say what that is).”

To make a winning impression, you’ll need to answer each question with poise and passion. But practicing first really helps. Meticulous preparation will allow you to appear confident and in control, helping position you as the ideal candidate when the competition is tough.

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Are you ready for a new job? Maybe it's your first “adult" job after graduating from college, or maybe you're already a working professional just looking for a new opportunity. Whatever the reason, it can seem intimidating to interview for a new role. However, if you know how to prepare for a job interview you can walk into the room feeling confident. Below are some tips to get you ready to rock an interview.

Before the interview

There are a couple things you can do before an interview to be at your best, and that preparation includes researching your potential employer and practicing your elevator pitch.

Research the company

Once you've secured an interview, check out the company online. Go to their website and read about their work and goals and get a sense of what traits they value in an employee. You may also want to search the company online and read recent news articles about them. This can help make sure you're up to date on their latest accomplishments and projects. 

For a more behind-the-scenes look, check out professional networking sites and see what current and past employees are posting about their work or the company. You may also want to spend some time studying and getting to know the job description and responsibilities. 

Doing this research beforehand and familiarizing yourself with the company you'll be interviewing with will help you sound more informed in your interview, as well as show your genuine interest to your interviewers. It can also help you form questions to ask in the interview.

Prepare your “elevator pitch"

Selling yourself can be uncomfortable for many people, so it's important to practice ahead of time so you can confidently introduce yourself to the interviewers when they ask you to “tell me about yourself." Your elevator pitch should be a short speech that introduces yourself while providing a quick overview of your work and career, or your interests and goals if you're new to the workforce. Working on your elevator pitch will also bring your accomplishments and work history to the top of your mind so you can more easily answer questions in the interview.

Some tips for crafting a good elevator pitch include:

Once you've figured out what you're going to say, it's time to practice saying it. Practicing it out loud helps it sound more natural once it's time to deliver it to an interviewer. It can also help you hear if you're speaking too quickly, as you want to make sure it's easy for your interviewer to follow along with your pitch.

What to bring to a job interview

If you haven't thought about what to bring to a job interview, don't fret! There are a few things you can pack to make sure you're as prepared as you can be.

How to dress for a job interview

When you go to a job interview, it's important to look professional. 

Regardless of gender identity or how you present yourself, there are a few rules of thumb that can be used when figuring out how to dress for a job interview.

Many office jobs may have a business or business-casual dress code. This includes attire such as button-down shirts, slacks, blouses, pencil skirts and simple dresses. Start-ups are often more casual, so you may be good to go with khakis and a polo or a more informal dress and a cardigan. It's important to consider the company that you're interviewing with and your personal style and preferences — one interview outfit does not fit all. When in doubt, remember to be yourself and wear what makes you feel most confident.

Questions to ask in a job interview

Before you head to your interview, come up with some questions to ask the employer. Most interviews will end with time for you to ask any questions you may have, and it's helpful to have a few ready to go to keep the conversation moving. 

Some evergreen questions to keep in your back pocket might include: 

How to follow up on a job interview

If you don't want the interviewer to forget about you amongst the other candidates, you may be wondering how to follow up on a job interview. There are a few ways to do this. 

What's more

If you're feeling nervous about an interview, try to focus on how to prepare for a job interview so that you can go in with confidence. Even if you're not the right fit for the job, you can feel good knowing you were prepared and represented yourself as well as possible.

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Whether your interview is in person, by phone, or over video, the first conversation with a potential employer is often nerve-wracking. But the more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel — and projecting confidence is essential to doing well in a job interview.

You can prepare by practicing your answers to common interview questions and familiarizing yourself with various video chat interfaces, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Keep reading to see five first-job interview tips to help you make a good impression and land that job offer.

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Research the company and job description.

Before your interview, research the organization and the responsibilities of the role you're applying for. A quick internet search or browsing through LinkedIn can usually help you find this kind of information. You should familiarize yourself with the company's products and services so that you understand how the position you're applying for adds value to the business.

Your research should prepare you to answer questions like the following:

Thoroughly researching employers will help you find a job you're passionate about. During your job hunt , you'll discover companies that have products and services that you love or mission statements that excite you. You'll be able to bring that enthusiasm into job interviews, which could help you land the role.

Practice Answering Common Interview Questions

Make sure to run through common interview questions with a friend or family member. This is usually much more effective than simply reading potential questions and crafting answers in your head. In addition, this can also help with managing anxiety and reducing any pre-interview jitters.

When you prepare with someone else, you practice enunciation as well as good body language. You'll also familiarize yourself with how to project calmness and confidence. Practice giving detailed answers that are concise and to the point. Be sure to answer a question in 1-2 minutes — anything longer than this becomes reiteration and suggests a lack of confidence.

Interviewers often ask questions that reveal aspects of your character, such as "What is your greatest weakness?" and "Tell me about a time you dealt with failure." They also ask questions about your skills , qualifications, work history, work style, and salary expectations.

These kinds of questions help the interviewer determine whether you're a good fit for the position and for the company's culture. They can also help the interviewer gauge how well you respond to pressure. You can find more sample interview questions in our guide to nailing interviews .

Pay Attention to Your Body Language

Whether in person or on video, body language is often just as important as the actual words you say. The first thing your interviewer may notice about you is the way you carry yourself — this can be vital to making a good impression. You should sit or stand up straight, look the interviewer in the eye, and smile when entering a room or joining a Zoom call. You want to appear poised and confident.

Maintain good posture, and make eye contact with your interviewer when they ask you a question. Make appropriate hand gestures when you speak, but avoid waving your hands wildly, crossing your arms across your chest, or touching your face or hair. You want to avoid fidgeting and appear calm and attentive.

You can build rapport with your interviewer by subtly mirroring your interviewer's gestures. However, be careful not to overdo it. If the interviewer realizes you're copying them, it can backfire.

Respond Truthfully to Questions

The best way to approach an interview is to be yourself. Let your personality shine through as you answer each question to the best of your ability.

It's OK to take a few seconds to collect your thoughts before answering. And if you don't know the answer, it's better to say so than to try to make something up. If the interviewer can tell that your response isn't genuine or if you provide an incorrect answer, you could make a poor impression.

Keep in mind that the responses you give to interview questions can have a big impact on an employer's decision to hire you. If you get the job but weren't truthful during an interview and your new employer discovers that you lied, that might be grounds for immediate termination. This could also jeopardize your future employability — it will be harder to get a new job without good references from previous employers.

Before your interview, consider any gaps or potential red flags in your job history. Think of positive ways to discuss these issues so that the employer understands your value and appreciates your transparency. You want to smooth out the rough parts of your job history as much as possible while remaining truthful.

Prepare Questions for the Interviewer

During your interview, you'll have a chance to ask the interviewer questions about the company and the position you're applying for. This usually happens at the end of the interview.

Consider making a list of questions you want to ask ahead of time. These can be questions about the job you're applying for, the company culture, professional development, etc. That said, be mindful that questions regarding benefits and salary should be discussed with an HR rep or a hiring manager.

Questions you might ask include the following:

By preparing questions in advance, you demonstrate that you're serious about the position. Asking good questions can give you a leg up on the competition and help you land the job .

Frequently Asked Questions About Your First Job Interview

What usually happens after an interview?

Within 24 hours after the interview, you should send the interviewer a note thanking them for their time. You might also ask about the prospective hiring timeline. If you don't hear back within two weeks, you can send a follow-up email. If the employer doesn't respond after your second follow-up email, move forward with applying or interviewing for other positions. Remember, if an employer is interested, they'll reach out.

How do you make a good impression at a job interview?

You can make a good impression by having good posture, maintaining eye contact, and projecting confidence. Try to build rapport with your interviewer quickly by finding common ground that creates a professional connection. If possible, find this connection before your interview by checking their LinkedIn profile.

How should you dress for a job interview?

During a job interview, you should dress in professional attire. Employees may be permitted to wear jeans at work, but even business casual is not always appropriate for a job interview. Interviewees should wear more formal clothing, such as dresses, skirts, blouses, and suits. Also, if you're interviewing in person, don't forget to wear professional footwear.

What are three things you should never do at an interview?

At a job interview, you should never show up late, fidget, or speak negatively about your current employer. Showing up late suggests that you're unreliable, and fidgeting indicates nervousness. If you bad-mouth your current employer, the interviewer might worry that you'd do the same about their company if you were offered a job.

What should you bring to an interview?

For in-person interviews, the most important thing to bring is a copy of your resume in case your interviewer doesn't have it handy. You should also bring samples of your work if the role you're applying for requires a portfolio, as well as pen and paper so you can take notes. For phone and video interviews, keep these materials close by so you can reference them.

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Interview Tips For First Time Job Seekers

This guide contains valuable interview tips for first time job seekers specifically. If you’re only taking general advice about interviews, you may miss out on the subtle differences that come along with first time job interviews.

  Read on to learn how best to prepare before, during and after your first job interview, with some sample questions for you to consider your answers to as well.

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How to prepare: Interview tips for first time job seekers

Before you take the interview, you can do some ground work through researching the company and compiling all the info you need to walk into that interview confident that you can roll with whatever may come up.

1. Learn about the company before your interview.  

Google it, see relevant recent news, scour the website, go into the physical location, if possible. That way the interviewer will tell that you are familiar with the business with the way you answer questions by referencing what you already know about the company.  

2. Look back to the job posting and highlight keywords.  

These keywords will be under the required or desired skills and qualities, as well as the responsibilities that the role includes. Write out a list of these and remember them so that they are in your mind and you take them into account in how you word your answers and explanations during the interview.  

3. Write a list of your personal strengths.

Next to each one, write how that strength may help you in a relevant scenario when it comes to this role. For example, ‘I am good at multitasking’, and if the job is a hospitality barista role, you might imagine that it could help you take orders while you are making coffee at the same time.  

4. Practice the interview.

Practicing with a trusted friend, family member, or perhaps a teacher will be very helpful. Go a level up and even record your interview so you can see how you look and sounds. This is a very telling exercise, as you may be presenting an image that you had no idea you were!  

5. Select an outfit early.  

You should aim for business-smart attire, looking professional and clean-cut. If you wait until the day of the interview and realise you don’t have any professional style clothes, then you’ll be stuck. Prep what you are going to wear beforehand. In case you need to get some more clothes, or borrow an outfit, you’ll have time to do so.  

6. Plan your journey to the interview.  

If you can visit the location sometime before the meeting, that would be great as you will then know how long it will take to get there. You don’t want to risk turning up late because you got lost trying to find the building or room.  

During the interview tips for first time job seekers

There are some key things to remember in order to feel like you’re making the best impression that you can as the interview is happening. Below are the most important tips for the actual interview process for first timers.  

7. Arrive very early.  

If you’ve never had a professional meeting before, then you may not realise that arriving ‘on time’, as in 9:00am when the interview is scheduled for 9:00am is considered late. So know that 15 minutes (at least) is when you need to arrive.  

8. Nerves will be present. Breathe and be patient with yourself.  

Sometimes first job interviews can be so intimidating that the applicant is rushing through their answers in a bid to get it over with as fast as possible. This will show your nerves and will not be a good sign to the hiring manager. So take your time, breathe in between sentences, and let yourself think before you answer.  

9. Make eye contact and have open body language.  

Open style body language is essential. Sit up tall, don’t cross your arms over your chest or clasp your hands together, and adopt a relaxed energy so that you look confident in yourself.

10. Be honest.  

If the interviewer asks a question where you feel like the real answer might not sound so good, like ‘can you use excel expertly?’ Don’t lie just to sound better. If you get the role and it comes out later that you don’t know, you could forever be seen as untrustworthy. Instead, answer in a way where you are being honest, yet also offering how you can meet this requirement, for example, ‘I have a basic knowledge of excel, but I am willing to put time in to learn more specific skills with the program.’

11. Be positive – smile!

You don’t need to go overboard and act crazy happy if you’re not feeling it – that will be a little too overbearing. Simply get into an optimistic mindset before the interview, get enough sleep the night before, do what you need to do to get into a good mood, and let this positive energy be felt by the interviewer.

Best way to follow up after an interview for first time first time job seekers

Best way to follow up after an interview for first time first time job seekers

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After the interview is complete (we bet that feels good to be over!), there are a few steps to take to increase your chance of success. The following tips to follow up the interview will keep you in the mind of the interviewer for longer, rather than potentially getting lost in the sea of applicants and not leaving a lasting impression.  

12. Use their name.

Directly after the interview, as you are saying goodbye, use their first name and say ‘I look forward to hearing your response, I enjoyed this meeting and feel like this role is such a great match for us.’ This shows that you are confident and simply using their first name again will be a memorable moment for them.

13. Be patient.

Wait a day (24 hours) until you send a follow-up thank you email. The email shouldn’t be you asking for their decision. Just say thank you for the interview and again, that you look forward to hearing from them.

14. Wait a week.

If you don’t receive a response from your follow up within a week, send a second follow-up email asking whether they received your first email, and if they need more information from you to help with their decision.

15. Relax!  

You’ve done all you could do, so there’s no need to work yourself up thinking about what you should have said or done differently. It’s done, and it’s in the interviewers hands now.

Questions to ask the interviewer at a first job

Questions to ask the interviewer

Some lesser known interview tips for first time job seekers include asking some thoughtful questions to the interviewer. They may outright ask you ‘do you have any questions for me?’ Or there may be a space in the conversation that opens up for you to ask the following questions. These will show that you are serious about the role and inspired about the prospect of working for them.

16. Where do you see this company headed in the next 3 years?

17. What do you love most about working for [company name]?

18. What’s one of the most memorable moments of your own career?

19. What qualities do you feel the best workers have?

20. Is there an opportunity to advance within the company?

21. How long do you feel this recruitment process will last?

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Common questions: Interview tips for first time job seekers

Preparing answers to the most commonly asked questions will help you when you are put on the spot. The following questions may come up in the interview, so read through to be prepared to answer. The tip here is to write down your own answers to these questions, or practice out loud what you could say to each of these questions.  

22. ‘Why do you want to work here?’

23. ‘What is your availability?’

24. ‘What is one of your career goals?’

25. ‘Why do you feel ready for your first job?’

26. ‘How do you handle stressful situations?’

27. ‘How do you work within a team?’

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How to prepare for a job interview: tips for success

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The different types of interviews you can encounter are endless, ranging from conversations lasting a few minutes, to multiple rounds of formal meetings and sometimes with more than one interviewer. Getting properly prepared for an interview will give you the confidence to approach these conversations in a way that demonstrates your enthusiasm and expertise. 

Preparing for an interview

Do your research.

Putting in the time to properly research the organisation before your job interview can help boost your confidence. 

An easy way to start this process is simply by doing a Google search on the organisation and try to relate your previous work experience to the specific duties of the job opportunity available. Don’t stop there though, you can also click on the news tab after you search your potential employer to see if they have appeared in media outlets recently, giving you access to some topical news that might be useful to mention in the interview to demonstrate you have taken a deeper level of interest into the business.    It doesn’t hurt to do some research on the industry as a whole as well, to see if there have been any recent developments or trends that may be affecting the sector and could directly have an impact on the position you’re interviewing for. It’s also another piece of information that can be brought up in the conversation to demonstrate your desire to understand the industry. Don’t forget to find out as much as possible about the role itself before the interview –review the job description, company social media accounts and website.    Finally, research the hiring manager, as well as anyone else who might be attending the interview, on LinkedIn to better understand their working history and professional interests. However, we’d recommend sending any connection requests after the interview happens. 

Researching those involved with the business can help for various reasons: 

Well before the interview you should also:

Understand behavioural, competency and situational interview questions

When preparing for a job interview, ensure you understand how to answer interview questions – they are different. To get to the motivations and working style of a potential employee, interviewers often turn to  behavioural ,  competency, and situational  interview questions to better get an understanding of your behaviours and your core skills and how they are relevant to the role. Well-known examples of this would be questions that explore your capabilities around teamwork, creativity and innovation, decision making abilities, business awareness or conflict resolution. 

Behavioural and competency-based interview questions usually begin with, “Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of an occasion when…” Both behavioural and competency-based interviewing are based on the idea that past behaviour can predict future action. 

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During the interview, try to make a good first impression.

The second you step through the door or join the virtual interview – before even introducing yourself to your interviewer – you are already making your first impressions. So, on the day of your interview, ensure you: 

Be aware of your body language

Answering interview questions.

An interview is a two-way discussion between you and the interviewer, remember to answer questions honestly, directly and concisely. Everyone present will be focusing their attention on you, so clouding answers with big words that have little substance or evading the issue entirely will be more obvious than you think. If you are not certain about a particular question, do not be afraid to ask if it can be rephrased. Make sure to actively listen, avoid interrupting and stick to what is asked. 

There are common questions which arise in most job interviews, and while you should prepare for these, try not to rehearse answers that are too precise as they can come across as wooden during the interview itself. Instead, concentrate on broader subject areas that are likely to come up during the interview. 

Common interview questions include:

General background - Often the first question is a request for a summary of your background. If you’re applying for your first job – focus on extracurricular activities, education and qualifications. It is perfectly fine to repeat major points you have outlined in your resume or letter of application.

Qualifications - A specific query often asked is "Why do you think you are qualified for this position?" Qualifications, in this context, mean all qualifications which could make you suitable for the position including educational, work experience and personal.

Experience - Here is where your research pays off. Your answer should include details about relevant employment, community or educational experience and a discussion of the industry, the organisation and the position itself.

Reasons for applying - If you are applying for your first, or one of your first jobs, your answer should describe what you find appealing about the position or the company itself, how you prepared yourself for a career in the organisation and how you believe your present job equips you for the current opening in question.

Career objectives - Be ready to discuss your long-term aspirations. Your best approach is one that indicates you have thought about your career in these terms and have taken some steps towards realising your ambitions. It’s a good idea to link your answer to the job you’re applying for. Find the commonalities between your career ambitions and this job, to reassure the interviewer that you’re committed, and your goals align with this particular role.

Crisis management - In some organisations, employers give candidates questions designed to test their ability in situations or crises. You should try to find out the most common type of dilemma for employees in the job you are seeking and formulate an intelligent response.

Other common interview questions

To answer questions, the following tips might help:

‘Do you have any questions for us?’

Towards the end of the interview, you will usually be asked if you have any questions of your own. Be confident when asking your questions and use them to score additional points in your favour. This is where your research about the company and your interviewers can assist. 

Examples include:

End of the interview

At the end of the conversation, make certain that you smile, thank the people involved for taking the time out of their day to meet with you, and say you look forward to hearing from them for a second interview or whichever stage of their interview process is next.. While decisions are usually made some time after the interview(s), should an offer of employment be made at the conclusion of the interview, ask whether the offer will be confirmed in writing. Also, it is common to request a short period of time to consider the offer before formally accepting in writing, so don’t feel pressured into accepting immediately. Our job offer acceptance template and tips may help.

If you aren’t sure how your job interview went, look out for these signs your interview went well .

Preparing for a job interview means taking the time to understand the process, educating yourself on who you are interviewing for, how to answer questions in the best way, and how to present yourself appropriately. Survey after survey highlights the positive impact that taking the time to prepare for a job interview has on your success, so it’s well worth your effort to do so for your next interview.

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10 Body Language Tips for a Flawless Job Interview

Body language plays a critical role in making a good first impression when interviewing for a job. It can convey confidence, interest, and professionalism, or it can convey nervousness, disinterest, and unprofessionalism. Here are some tips to help you use body language to make a great first impression during a job interview.

One of the most important aspects of body language is eye contact. Maintaining eye contact shows that you’re engaged, interested, and confident. It also shows that you’re paying attention and listening to the interviewer. However, be careful not to stare or make prolonged eye contact, as this can be intimidating.

2. Sit Up Straight

Sitting up straight is another critical aspect of body language. It shows that you’re alert, attentive, and professional. Slouching or hunching over can convey a lack of confidence or interest. Sit with your back straight and your shoulders back, but avoid being too rigid or stiff.

3. Use Open Body Language

Open body language conveys a sense of openness, friendliness, and confidence. Keep your arms uncrossed and your hands visible, either on your lap or on the armrests of the chair. This shows that you’re approachable and not defensive.

4. Avoid Fidgeting

Fidgeting can be distracting and convey nervousness or anxiety. Avoid tapping your feet, shaking your leg, or playing with your hair or jewelry. These behaviors can be interpreted as a lack of focus or interest.

5. Mirror the Interviewer

Mirroring the interviewer’s body language can help establish a sense of rapport and connection. This involves subtly mimicking the interviewer’s posture and movements, such as leaning forward or nodding your head. However, be careful not to overdo it, as this can be perceived as insincere or artificial.

6. Use Hand Gestures

Using appropriate hand gestures can help emphasize your points and make you appear more confident and engaged. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive or inappropriate hand gestures can be distracting or convey nervousness.

7. Use Facial Expressions

Facial expressions can convey a wide range of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, or confusion. Use appropriate facial expressions to convey your emotions and convey interest or enthusiasm. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive or inappropriate facial expressions can be distracting or convey insincerity.

Smiling is a powerful tool in body language. A genuine smile can convey friendliness, warmth, and openness. It can also help put the interviewer at ease and create a sense of connection. However, be careful not to force a smile or overdo it, as this can be perceived as insincere.

9. Use Tone of Voice

Tone of voice is another critical aspect of body language. It can convey confidence, interest, enthusiasm, or boredom, depending on how it’s used. Speak clearly and confidently, and vary your tone of voice to convey different emotions and emphasize key points.

10. Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Body Language

Finally, pay attention to the interviewer’s body language. This can provide valuable feedback on how you’re doing and help you adjust your own body language accordingly. If the interviewer appears disinterested or distracted, it may be a sign that you need to adjust your own body language or change your approach.

It’s important to note that different cultures and industries may have different expectations when it comes to body language. For example, in some cultures, direct eye contact may be seen as a sign of disrespect, while in other cultures, it may be a sign of honesty and integrity. In addition, some industries may value assertiveness and confidence, while others may value more reserved or understated behavior.

If you’re unsure about what kind of body language is appropriate for a particular industry or culture, do some research or ask someone who is familiar with the field. You can also observe other professionals in the industry or attend networking events to see how they behave and interact with others.

Body language is a critical component of making a good first impression during a job interview. By using appropriate body language, you can convey confidence, interest, and professionalism, and increase your chances of landing the job. Remember to be aware of your body language and make adjustments as needed to establish a positive rapport with the interviewer. With practice, you can use body language to your advantage and make a great first impression during your next job interview.

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This is our complete guide on how to pass a job interview with no experience using these proven 7 first job interview tips. So, if this is your very first job interview, or if you are a fresh graduate with no experience, stay tuned because we will help you to PASS!

First Job Interview Tip #1 Your Positivity & Enthusiasm Are Your Biggest Assets!

Most hiring managers would rather take on somebody who is positive and enthusiastic! Just because someone has experience does not mean they will be a good fit for a team!

The fact that you are hungry to work, and you will want to impress your new manager in the role is going to be more appealing to a hiring manager.

So, during your interview, always be positive in how you talk, be sure to display positive interview technique and good manners throughout!

First Job Interview Tip #2 Research Their Company!

The vast majority of interview candidates carry out very little research into the role or the company they are applying to work for!

Visit their website, follow their social media channels, and take a look at their products and services.

When the interviewer asks you what you know about their company, you will be able to give a great answer that shows you genuinely want to work for their company and you are not solely interested in just getting a job!

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First Job Interview Tip #3 Focus On Your Selling Points!

A great way to shine during your first job interview is to focus on your selling points.

Before you attend your job interview, write down a list of your top 5 selling points. Here’s some great examples to help you:

SELLING POINT #1. You are a blank canvas, and hungry to learn. If they hire you, they get to train you up to be the perfect employee!

SELLING POINT #2. You are a creative person and you believe you can ADD VALUE to their company by coming up with new, fresh and innovative ideas!

SELLING POINT #3. You are looking for long-term employment with their company which means they will get to see a long-term positive return on their investment by hiring you!

SELLING POINT #4. You are good with social media, and you want to help the company promote itself online!

SELLING POINT #5. You are always positive and this tends to rub off on other people. You are someone who will be a supportive co-worker and you will always put the needs of the team first!

First Job Interview Tip #4 Consider The Interviewer’s Concerns And Reservations.

If we can pre-empt the interviewers concerns about hiring you due to your lack of experience, this is going to help you pass!

You could say this at the end of your interview…

“Whilst I appreciate this is my first job and I have no work experience, I believe I more than make up for this through my enthusiasm, my positivity, my willingness to listen and learn, and the fact that you will get to train me up to be the perfect employee!”

First Job Interview Tip #5 Prepare Your Answers To The Most Common Interview Questions!

A great way to prepare for a first-time job interview is to get your answers ready in advance. Don’t turn up to the interview without considering how you are going to respond to the most common interview questions.

These include:

First Job Interview Tip #6 Prepare 3 Questions To Ask Yourself In The Interview!

Now, at some stage during your first interview, the hiring manager is going to say to you… do you have any questions for us? It is important to ask 3 smart questions that put you across as a professional and intelligent person. Here they are:

First Job Interview Tip #7 Practice A Mock Interview!

Carty out a mock interview before you attend your first job interview. Get someone to sit down and ask you the most common interview questions because this will help you to rehearse your responses and it will certainly boost your confidence!

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I’m 16 and got the call today that I’m having an interview for my first job opportunity. It’s at my local library shelving books and stuff. Do you have any tips to help me do well in the interview? Would it be a bad idea to disclose that I’m autistic?

I currently volunteer at the library and have low-low medium support needs if that is helpful.

Anything is appreciated. Thanks!

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It is ok to be nervous. It can be a sign you care. I have hired people who were so nervous they could barely talk. It’s totally fine.

Try to talk about yourself, not a group. Ok, maybe you were in a team which did something, but if you say “we did this, we did that” the interviewer can’t really tell if you did any of it. If it’s not practical to call out your own contribution directly, just say “I did this” – it’s a bit of a fudge, and it’s fine to mention it was as part of a team, but the “I” language really helps.

You’ll probably get a chance to ask questions at the end. Take the opportunity to tell them it’s your first ever interview, and if they have any feedback you’d love to hear it. This is a sneaky way to get them to give you some leeway on your interview skills, and a sneakier way to make them like you more (subconsciously we tend to value people more if we help them out, regardless of the reason we helped them).

Most of all, consider this a learning experience. You might not get a job, but you can have some experience in interviews and you’ll get better each time. 😊

Oh, and disclosing you’re autistic can be really helpful if you’re comfortable with it. It really depends on the culture where you live, so yeah, it can be a bit risky (some people equate autism to low IQs for some reason), but you’ll have to just use your judgement…

Something at the start might be good: “I just wanted to mention I’m on the autism spectrum. I think I’d be really good at this job, but I do sometimes get a bit nervous in social situations like this interview. I hope that’s ok.”

Again, see also “sneaky” ways to make people feel like they’re on your side.

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Top 15 First Job Interview Tips 2023

So your high school is going to be finished soon and you’re thinking to start a job. And searching for your first job. If you applied for any job vacancy and they called you up for the interview. Don’t get nervous just because it’s your first interview, you have to prepare a little bit. Keep in mind that your interviewer is only in the search of first-time job seekers. You are not the one who is going to have the first interview; it’s common for everyone in their life to face this kind of situation. So relax, and think that how you’re going to handle this situation nicely. To have a successful interview, it doesn’t matter it’s your first or the thirtieth interview. Just prepare yourself before the interview and try to be in your senses. So for your help, we have gone through with some of the interview tips which may help you out in the circumstances. If you want to impress your interviewer in your first interview then check out these tips. Tips for having a successful interview are given as under following: [toc]

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First Interview Tips

Research about the company: It is necessary to research the company before going to the interview. Visit the website on Google and search whether the company is good or not. By checking the company’s social media account you will be able to know that what kind of candidate they are searching for. This will make you more confident in speaking in front of the interviewer. This way you’ll get to know more about your company and the interviewer as well.
Read the job description carefully: Before going for the interview read the requirements of the job and what kind of work they expect you to do. This way you will get to know that whether you are suitable for the position or not. If you’re familiar with the work written in the description it will be easy for you to convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate for this position.
Practice the answer: The common questions that an interviewer could ask you make sure you practice that before. So you may not feel uncomfortable at the time of the interview. Ask any of your family members to help you in practice or any friend. And ask them to question you, and you answer them. Make sure you record your answers to listen later so that you may judge you’re speaking abilities and try to improve them.
Prepare your CV: Prepare your CV in which you can include your achievements and about your sports etc. as it’s your first job interview and you don’t have any experience you can mention on your CV yourself as a freshie. This will help the interviewer to know more about you and your abilities. Give him the example of the work you have done as an intern or a volunteer etc.
Prepare for the question: The questions you want to ask from your interviewer prepare them in advance. Make sure you prepare smart and reasonable questions for your interview that he won’t mind answering.
Make the extra copies of your CV: Make sure you have the extra copies of your CV. If there was more than one interviewer then they may ask for extra copies of CV. Don’t forget to bring a pen and a notebook along with you. That way you can note any important point you want to keep in mind later on.
Be Punctual: It’s good to be on time, it will throw a good impression on the interviewer. Know your route before going to the company this way, you won’t get late for the interview. If you’re busy on the decided date of the interview ask them to reschedule it. If they are ok with it it’s a plus point for you otherwise you have to manage on time. It’s good to arrive early 15 to 20 minutes before the interview that way you can control your nerves as well. And get the time to relax a little bit.
Treat everyone there with respect: Treat there everyone nicely whether they are reception staff or any other. Treat them with respect as if they are your interviewer. You never know the actual interviewer could ask about your behavior from them. So be extra respectful to everyone you meet there.
Practice your body language and your behavior: As it’s your first interview it is normal to be stressed out and it is possible for you to lose your body language in front of them. To avoid this kind of situation practice your behavior and body language in advance.
Be yourself: Don’t try to be artificial. Answer all the questions carefully and confidently. Respond truthfully to the questions asked. Be yourself, be natural and keep the conversation natural. This way the interviewer will know more about you and your sincerity towards the job you’re interviewing for.
Dress properly: It won’t look good if you dressed informally. It will throw a bad impression on your interviewer. So dress up formally. This way you’ll look more professional.
Keep your answers concise: Don’t give too much lengthy answers; try to wrap up your answers quickly in which the interviewer may understand also. Don’t give the answers out of context. This will show you more irritating.
Switch your phone off: During the interview switch your phone off. Keep your whole attention towards the interviewer, so you may not get distracted. And completely focus on the interview.
Stay positive: Try to stay positive and calm. Don’t utter bad things about the previous candidate. The interviewer may think you are a troublemaker so try to avoid that. And converse with the interviewer positively and calmly.
Write a thank-you note: Before going home make sure you write a thank you note and ask the receptionist to hand it over to the interviewer. And mention some of the points in the note you discussed with him. It will be easy for him to remind you. Plus, I’m sure he will get impressed too. I hope these tips will help you for your first interview and you successfully pass your interview without any worries. Just keep yourself calm everything is going to be ok. Best of luck! I hope you rock your interview.

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02 March 2023

एक अच्छी नौकरी पाना चाहते हैं तो इंटरव्यू के सबसे पहले सवाल का सही जवाब देना जरूरी है. इंटरव्‍यूवर आपसे सबसे पहले जो सवाल पूछता है वह है INTRODUCE YOURSELF यानी अपना परिचय दो. जानें जवाब देने का सही तरीका.

अगर आप फ्रैशर हैं, तो सबसे पहले अपना नाम, क्वालिफिकेशन, अचीवमेंट और क्वालिटीज बताएं., अगर आप एक्सपीरियंस हैं तो अपने काम के बारे में बताएं. साथ ही क्वालिटीज में आप अपने बारे में कुछ मजेदार और अच्छी बातें बताएं., अगर आपके स्कूल में आपके अच्छे मार्क्स आए हैं, तो वह जरूर बताएं. वहीं अगर आपके मार्क्स कम आए हैं, तो उसका जिक्र ना करें., खुद का परिचय देने का समय तय करना बहुत जरूरी है. आप अपना परिचय 50-60 सेकंड से 1 मिनट में बताने की कोशिश करें., वहीं मान लीजिए कि इंटरव्यूवर आपकी बातों में रुचि ले रहा है और आपको और सुनना चाहता तो इसके लिए 2 मिनट का परिचय तैयार कर लें., make last line intresting यानी आप अपने बारे में बताते समय अंत में कोई ऐसी इंटरेस्टिंग चीज बोल दें, जिससे इंटरव्यूवर आपसे सवाल करें., इंटरव्यू देने से पहले शीशे के सामने प्रैक्टिस करना ना भूलें. इससे आपको मालूम चलेगा कि आप अपना परिचय देते समय कैसे दिख रहे हैं. क्या वह फेक तो नहीं लग रहा., next: सेंट जेवियर्स से श्री राम स्कूल तक, ये हैं भारत के 7 टॉप स्कूल.

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