LAST week we started discussing the proper way to handle documentation when applying for a summer job. This week we would like to continue the discussion making recommendations for how to make a great first impression with your prospective employer.
The interview is the second test one will face when embarking on getting a summer job. It is an indication that you are one step closer to the ultimate goal of being gainfully employed.
The interview process will be different for most people as there are those who struggle with one-on-one situations while others who shine under the pressure. Regardless of your personality, one thing that must be considered is your overall deportment.
It is important that clothing be taken out and pressed no later than the night before so as to ensure minimal to no rush on the day of the interview.
For gentlemen, this involves ensuring that your pants and shirts are sharply pressed and that your undershirt does not show. Also pay close attention to fabrics that prevent you from sweating as it may be taken as being unkempt in the interview.
From a grooming perspective, ensure that you get a haircut and shave your facial hair as close to the interview date as possible. Shoes should be clean and matching the belt that will be worn.
For ladies, this involves ensuring that your outfit, whether it is a suit or dress, is ironed but also does not reveal too much skin. Also ensure that your hair is not outrageously styled or coloured.
With regards to make-up, enhance your features without creating a distraction. Heels should be at a modest height, so as to indicate your willingness to adhere to any such confinements if employed.
Properly manicured finger and toe nails are also a very critical part of grooming. Being hygienic is of utmost importance with emphasis being placed on wearing cologne or perfume that subtly smells good and is not overpowering.
Oral hygiene is also of great importance since you will be talking most of the time, and ensure that you are not chewing during the interview.
As an indication of your seriousness towards the job, it is helpful and advised to know something about the job you are applying for and some history about the company.
Being on time to an interview affords you that much-needed time to check yourself, subdue any fears and ask any important questions.
Never give a question more than it is asking and the opposit remains true. Pace yourself and keep your answers short so as to not lose track of your thoughts, and maintain eye contact when answering. Keep gesticulation at a minimum as it may be distracting.
TEENage would like to remind you that first impressions last and it starts with how you communicate both verbally and physically.
We wish you all the best.