How to Impress at Your Next Interview

Ready to crush the competition at your next interview?  Whether this is an interview for your first job or you are well into your career, it always helps to brush up on the tips that will put you a step ahead.  Here are a few essential ways that you can impress your potential employer at your next interview.

  1. Review Your Resume and Cover Letter.  Chances are, your first impression will be on paper.  As unfair as it sounds, you will need to present your best self in written form.  Review your resume and cover letter.  At the top, state your objective (the job you are applying for), and place your top four or five skills underneath.  Then, go into your education and employment history.  Be sure to include any clubs you were a prominent part of, any special conferences you attended or awards you received.  If you have a long list of past employment, only include those that are most relevant and recent.  Afterward, go back and revise.  Add key words that will catch your potential employer’s eye.  Phrases such as “effective communicator,” and “enthusiastic team player” are just two of the many different ways that you can communicate your skills in a way that catches their eye.  Always have someone look over it afterward to address any questions you may not have thought of.
  2. Dress to Impress.  Even if you are applying for a casual job, it’s always better to dress up than down. Turn heads when you walk in the door with a friendly smile and smart attire.  It may be time to get fitted for some classic work wear.  Feel free to individualize and express yourself—today’s men’s fashions are anything but bland.  Many brands are aware of the average working professional’s strict budget.  Therefore, more brands are coming out with clothes that can be worn from nine to five and long after.  Whichever style you prefer, be sure that you are pulled together and dressed properly for the occasion.  When in doubt, enlist the help of a stylist who works on commission at Nordstrom.  A stylist can fit you, keep record of your measurements, dress you in colors and styles that both compliment your body type and skin tone.  Purchase clothing for the seasons—be prepared for your muggy summers and frigid winters.  Now you will have a wardrobe you can wear in and out of work, and be sure to look the part no matter what position you land.
  3. The Devil is in the Details.  In addition to clothing, you will need the right accessories.  Give your style a classic edge with new pieces. The most important staple? A timepiece. Watches have long adorned the wrists of the world’s most debonair men, and you can definitely add to your ensemble with the right men’s watches, whether you like a vintage or ultra-modern look.  Get a watch that suits your lifestyle, whether you are an athlete, backpacker, artist, gamer, traveler, or any combination of these. Also, do not forget those dress socks. Business socks will show beneath your pants one way or another. Think of it this way: dress socks are mostly noticed only if they are done wrong, so make sure you choose well.
  4. Practice Your Answers.  You can never be fully prepared for everything you’ll face in an interview, but you can do your best to cover the basics.  Look up common interview questions and practice answering them in a mirror. You may be asked where you see yourself in several years, what you hope to get out of the job, and what you can contribute.  Look up questions specific to the industry you’re hoping for a position in. If you need to improve your public speaking skills, try a service like Toastmasters. The goal of Toastmasters is to give you confidence in your ability to present speeches to others and gain leadership, which will serve you well in all of your professional endeavors.

Prepping for an upcoming interview? Keep these tips in mind and blow them out of the water.

About The Author

Aleksandar Tomovic
Editor in Chief

French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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