Congrats – you’ve got an interview! That means:
- The employer feels you are one of the best candidates for the position
- On paper it already looks like you can do the job
Now it’s time to prove it.
There are lots of ways to put your best foot forward with employers, but these four steps are must-do’s for any job interview.
1. Dress professionally
Your interview clothes don’t have to be expensive to make a great impression. You can dress for an interview for under $20!
2. Arrive early
Be at least 10 minutes early to your job interview. If an unavoidable emergency does pop up or you get stuck in serious traffic, then call the interviewer to let them know you're going to be late. Showing up late without a phone call is a guaranteed way to lose out on a job.
3. Turn your phone off
Getting random calls and texts while you’re talking with a hiring manager are mistakes that can ruin your interview. And if it does ring, don’t even think about answering your phone.
4. Ask thoughtful questions
If you’re well-qualified and present yourself professionally, nothing seals the deal like having a few great questions to ask during an interview; it shows the hiring manager you’ve really put thought into this job.
That’s the basics, but there’s plenty more where that came from – check out all our interview tips to make sure you put your best foot forward (and calm down the butterflies – don’t worry, we all get them!).