Worried about that first job interview? Here are five tips to calm your nerves and make a good first impression!
Before you go for your interview, identify five of your strengths and try matching them to the job description advertised. Be sure to know how to describe what you're good at and most importantly, how it would benefit the company you're applying to work for. Ask yourself, what is that one thing that you want that recruiter to know? How do you want to stand out? This is something that one of our campus career coaches can help you with.
As you're still new to the working world, chances are there will be certain aspects of the job that you might not have any experience with yet. At the interview, show your enthusiasm for the work and a willingness to take the good and the bad that comes with every job. Show a genuine interest to learn, but don't cross the fine line between being excited and being over-the-top. You don't want the hiring manager to think that you'll accept any role they'll offer you.
Kempinski’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Melissa Salibi explains what she looks for when hiring, “We strive to recruit only the finest individuals that consistently demonstrate the right qualities. First and foremost, it’s the right attitude that matters. It is not always about the qualifications, but it is about whether you enjoy working with people, whether you have the ability to be a great host, and whether you are hungry and passionate. This is truly essential.”
This is a tough one, and not just for a first timer! The last thing you should say is that you do not have any weaknesses because everyone has flaws! What recruiters are looking for in this question is how you have faced obstacles in the past and how you handled them. Be honest but don't bring up any essential skills that are required in the job you're applying for.
Arriving late for a job interview tells prospective employers a lot about your personality and work ethic. For example, it can be an indication that you don't pay attention to important details or that you do not value others' time. You should ideally get to your interview 10 to 15 minutes in advance. This gives you ample time to mentally prepare for the interview. If you do get the job, do remember to maintain this punctuality on the job as well!
What you wear to an interview creates a perception of the type of person you are. This is especially important in the hospitality industry, as a lot of jobs involve facing guests on a daily basis. Do your research and learn about the company ahead of time and dress accordingly. For example if the company's colors aren't too bright, you could wear a shirt or tie (for men) that matches their colors. It's good practice to try to match the organization's dress code as closely as you can. If you can't determine the dress code pre-interview, be on the safe side and arrive slightly overdressed rather than underdressed.