5 Things You Should Avoid Doing In A First Interview
As the internship coordinator at ACPR, I’ve conducted my fair share of interviews. Some were great. Some were not so great. But among the greats, the ones that stood above the rest, and ultimately landed the job, all did key things, like sending a handwritten thank you note after the interview (hint hint!). Whether you’re trying to land your first job out of college, switch careers, or find a job in a new city, if you want to stand out, take note of these five things to avoid in a first interview.
1. Show up empty handed BRING. YOUR. RESUME. And your business card. And any writing samples you’re proud of. Bring it all! Even if your interviewer hasn’t asked for it specifically, it never hurts to be over prepared.
2. Wear ripped jeans. Or anything else that isn’t professional for that matter Even if the company has a more casual dress code, you should dress to impress. My pal Oscar Wilde once said “You can never be overdressed or overeducated,” and that applies to interviews, too.
3. Say “um” and “like” too much We get it. Nerves are a real thing. But try to avoid these filler words by reminding yourself to take a breath throughout the interview and prepping for gimme questions, like your elevator pitch, beforehand.
4. Lie Because we can tell when you are. If you don’t know something, just admit it. It’s better to be honest and show humility than trying to BS your way through the question.
5. Don’t ask any questions After your interviewer is done asking you questions, kindly return the favor. This shows your interest in the company—even if it’s only one or two questions. Just make sure they’re thoughtful!
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I once believed ‘no’ was a dirty word. But it’s slowly become one of the most important words in my vocabulary. The power and freedom of the word and learning how to say it is a game changer! But learning to see it as positive hasn’t been an easy feat. But it’s been worthwhile. If you’re ready to harness its power, here are my tips for getting started.
Understand why we say ‘no’ Avoiding saying ‘no’ is a self-preservation tactic. Because saying ‘no’ means that you can prevent conflict in every possible way. But, funny story, it turns out that the conflict will likely still happen, and the price paid is usually higher. So, why not save yourself some time and energy (two things we could all use some more of) and just say ‘no’ from the get-go! Telling someone ‘no’ when you mean it can be one of the most honorable and respectful things you can do, both for yourself and the other person.
Accept that ‘no’ is uncomfortable I don’t know about you, but I like being comfortable! I’m perfectly content not to rock the boat. And saying ‘no’ can essentially guarantee that you will rock the boat. Unfortunately, there is no way around it. So face it head on. Remind yourself that it’s not supposed to be comfortable (is growth ever comfortable?!). Be kind to yourself.
Build that ‘no’ muscle Think of it like strength trining. You can’t go to the gym for the first time in, oh forever, and start out by squatting your body weight. You have to start small. And by small, I mean small. Remember this when you’re building your ‘no’ muscle. Set some attainable goals like telling someone ‘no’ just once a week. This is how I started. After that first week, I felt more in control of my time and needs, and I wanted more.
Celebrate your ‘no’ wins I’m a big believer that even the smallest wins deserve celebration! So share your ‘no’ journey with someone and relish in your success. After my first week, it felt amazing to meet my bestie for coffee and simply share my ‘no’ experience. However you like to celebrate, make sure you take the time to do it. Because saying no is hard work.
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