There are a lot of important job interview tips and strategies that you need to implement to be successful. You need to research the company thoroughly. You need to remain positive throughout your interview. You need to come to the interview dressed appropriately, etc.
Yet there are also several smaller tips that are important to keep in mind, because these smaller tips may be the difference between making a good and bad impression. Below are five less common interview tips for improving your chances of winning the job.
Five Less Common Interview Tips
- Plan Your Transportation
Obviously you need to know what route to use to get there on time. That’s not the issue. The issue is with the little things. Did you pay the meter enough? Do you have change for the bus? You cannot ask the interviewer to make change for you or run out to your car after two hours because you forgot to feed the meter. These are the types of things you need to plan and remember beforehand. Check your car to make sure that the lights are off as well.
- Finish Your Coffee
It’s considered rude to be holding a cup of coffee when your interviewer arrives. Coffee may help you feel comfortable, and the interviewer may even offer you a cup of coffee when you sit down, but don’t be holding a Starbucks cup in your hand when the interview begins. Throw it away before you get in the door.
- Go to the Bathroom
Seriously, make sure you pee before you arrive. Not only because you don’t want to ask to go in the middle of your interview – also because it is extremely difficult to sit professionally when you are squeezing your groin shut and trying your best not to pass gas.
- Clean Your Face/Teeth
You don’t want to have a piece of salad stuck in your teeth at the start of the interview. Interviewers try hard not to judge you based on your appearance, but a gross piece of spinach in your front teeth is a bad way to make a first impression.
- Check Your Fly
The interviewer may not be looking at your crotch, but they are going to notice when you are sitting a the other end of the table, fidgeting with your hands, and suddenly they hear a loud zip.
Little Things Make a Big Difference
Everything at the job interview matters. From the firmness of your handshake to the aged cheese smell of your breath, little things make a big difference in terms of getting the job. Make sure you are 100% ready for the interview, so that the focus can be on your answers, and not on the color underwear you have peeking through your open zipper.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Pay attention to the little things.
- Go to the bathroom and finish your coffee before you get to the interview.