When it comes to acing an interview, the little things are often very big. So while you need to consider what you wear to an interview and your body language during an interview, you also need to pay attention to how you come across to your interviewer in every single element of the process, from first email to final handshake.
Seem overwhelming? Take a breath. We’re here to help.
Our job at Masiello Employment is to get you a job, and we have a lot of insight into the ins and outs of successful interviews. Some favorite advice tends to focus on elements you might easily overlook. While there is no common theme in this edition, these are hopefully little tidbits of wisdom that may help you through the interview process. And so, we offer the following interview tips.
A proper (that is, professional) email address. Having an unforgettable email address is one thing, but only if it’s memorable for all the right reasons. Take a look at your email address from a prospective employer’s perspective, and then ask yourself if you’d hire that person, based solely on his or her email address. If the answer is no, or there’s even a question, add a more professional sounding email alias and use it on your resume and in all subsequent professional situations.
Shake on it. There’s an art to the proper handshake. Extend your entire hand, thumb up, then firmly grasp the interviewer’s hand, make eye contact, pump up and down twice, then release. Practice with friends and family until you’re confident you have a confidence-inspiring shake. (Note: Shake hands with your interviewer upon arrival and as you depart.)
Stand tall(er). Statistically speaking, tall people get a bigger paycheck than their shorter colleagues. That got us wondering: do tall people also have a leg up (excuse the pun) when it comes to landing the job in the first place? In case the answer is yes, make yourself as tall as possible. Stand up straight, consider wearing heels or lifts, and possibly even take a yoga class (stretching your back and neck) before the interview so that you appear straight and tall.
Wear color. Dark colors may be a staple of many professional wardrobes, but they’re totally forgettable. If possible, wear a bit of color to your interview, like a light blue polo shirt or an emerald green dress. People react positively to color and an interviewer is more likely to see you as a happy person—and he or she is more likely to remember “the candidate in orange” than everyone else who wore dark gray.
Say nice things about yourself—and others. An interview is a time to talk about yourself (how great is that?) while highlighting your best characteristics. In talking about past positions, don’t use this time to gripe about an ex-boss or co-workers; though your attitude might be justified, it’s not a good look and doesn’t speak to your professionalism. If you didn’t have a positive working relationships in your past position, focus on any positives you can—for instance, instead of saying a previous boss was belittling, you might say he or she helped you appreciate a positive work environment.
A few of these oddball tips might be best described as light-hearted, but we at Masiello Employment certainly appreciate the serious nature of a successful interview. Our recruiting team is always here for a free consultation. Just give us a call.