Monday morning. You have to decide to get out of bed. It is a big day, a day you have been waiting for for quite some time. This is the day where you'll be asked many questions about your life. You'll be put to the test. Just the thought of it makes you sweat.
It is ok, you will survive.
Today is your very first job interview and you are nervous, the type of nervousness that only happens once in a lifetime. Dare I say it? – enjoy it! You will get acquainted with the waiting, the getting lost in the city, the traffic, the guard asking for information and giving you a visitors badge; this will all be familiar sooner or later. So I say, be nervous, breathe in and enjoy the ride of your very first job interview!
It is always a good idea to read through your resume before heading into the building. Do it as soon as you have parked. Go through it, because even if it does not have a lot to say about your job experience, it should say who you are and what it is that you want in your life. Make sure you have a clean resume with dates, locations, names, and if you don’t have professional experience I would recommend to write down the name of professors that could recommend your student experience in a reference section.
What do you do once you are inside the building? Be confident, trust in your gut instinct, be polite, and above all, be conscious about your movements and again breathe… what is the worse that could happen? Recruiters love real and polite people. An authentic smile goes a long way. Try to break the ice with a silly comment, and don’t be afraid of making the other party smile (this is actually a good thing). This will help you bond with your interviewer and make a personal connection to make your profile more memorable.
And last but not least, try to read your interviewers' facial and body language. At the end of the day knowing a little about body language will help you learn many things professionally and personally. Always sit all the way back and straight against the chair, don’t force eye contact and gesture with your hands while talking. Smile, breathe, and take your time to answer each question. Always be eager to learn, meet people, and to be put into uncomfortable situations; there is no other way to learn and grow. It does not matter if a job interview last 10 or 45 minutes. Enjoy it!
Good luck on your first job interview!