By: Leslie Valdivia
I entered the workforce at the age of 16 with a few high school jobs. After leaving to college, I worked the whole time I was there in part time jobs, sometimes working multiple at the same time and eventually leading to being now a full-time employee in my career. Of course, the road there wasn’t a piece of cake and I’ve been in interviews that didn’t go well, but like they say, practice makes perfect. Here a few things I’ve picked up and some great advice that I hope will help you land your next job.
Show your value
Show the employer you are worth their time. Make sure you never answer a question with “I just need a job”. You need to tell the potential employer why you want to be there.
Follow-up,at least through email or in person
Although though you’ve submitted your application online, give it a week or two before following up in person and ask if they received your application. They will remember your name when reviewing your application and/or you already made a great first impression.
Show you are excited to be there. Smile and greet your potential employer with joy and tell them you are excited to be there. When you smile, they smile thus creating a positive experience.
Dress properly and show manners
This may seem like a given, but I’ve heard too many stories where people show up inappropriately dressed and remember what your momma told you. Old-school ways work! Lastly, no matter what position you are interviewing for, it is always a professional affair, please no flip flops (I’ve seen it happen).
Employers want to hire you for you, obviously that includes your skills but also your personality, don’t be afraid to show it.
Potential employers do notice when you arrive early, and often appreciate it because it means they can do the interview and carry on with the rest of your day. It also shows you’re responsible and considerate with their time, already a plus and your interview hasn’t even started.