4 Ways To Nail Your Next Job Interview

A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

I sat it on a few interviews this week and was reminded of four important aspects of a successful interview.  It is important to make a good first impression when interviewing for a job.  A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

Research the Organization

This is a very important step to show you did your homework.  Research the organization’s website and find a way to incorporate that into your interview.  For instance, explain how the company’s mission or vision relates to you. This is an easy way to show you care enough about the job to become familiar with what’s important to the organization.

Try this at your next interview…
“Your organization’s mission to spread the power of optimism relates to my personal goal of always looking at the bright side of life.”

This simple sentence shows you know the organization’s goal and your goals are the same.  A great trait for a successful employee.

Show Enthusiasm

If you’re not excited about applying for the job then I’m not excited to hear what you have to say.  You don’t want to appear over the top but having a twinkle in your eye and a smile goes a long way to show me you really want the position.  

Try this at your next interview…
Make eye contact and smile when you’re listening to the question being asked and when you answer.  “I’m really excited about this opportunity! I would be a great addition to this organization based on my skill set and the company’s goals.”

Dress Your Best

This point should be common sense but it bears repeating. Make sure you complete the basics before your interview…brush your hair, brush your teeth, make sure your bra straps are not showing, etc.

Try this at your next interview…
Take your outfit up a notch.  Dress a step higher than you normally would.  Add a new accessory to your outfit or pick up a light weight blazer to wear over your sleeveless dress.  You can get one for under $20 on Amazon.

It’s always better to overdress than to risk looking unprofessional and not meaning to.


Confidence is key.  It will get you ahead every single time.  Too nervous? Fake it! I notice that when asked about their goals in life, the applicants would say “it sounds dumb but, “don’t laugh,” and “I know it’s silly.”  Don’t do this! You should never apologize for your aspirations in life. Who am I to tell you that you’re wrong or that it’s a stupid idea!? Be confident in your goals.  So what if they change later on? All of our goals do! It’s your life…be proud of it 🙂

Try this at your next interview…
When asked – What are some of your goals in life? – You say “I’m really excited about the possibility of going back to school.  I may be older but I’m holding onto the statement that it’s never too late to learn something new.  

Practicing these easy steps can help you stand out among the crowd of applicants and land that job.

Good luck!


Gaining Confidence

I love strong women.  There is something empowering about a woman who knows what she wants and sets out to get it fearlessly.

But I do know one thing…there is nothing fearless about confidence for me.  A lot of outwardly confident women have a darker side that many people do not see.  A side of self-consciousness and panic feelings that she isn’t accomplishing everything she wants to in life.  That drive to be the best she can be is both motivating and extremely scary at the same time.

The key, however, is to strike some sort of balance between looking confident and loving yourself enough to embrace it.

I believe that outward confidence is the key to success.  First impressions always count.  Confidence is important in your job, with your family, and yourself!

Here are my steps to embracing confidence when I need a little extra boost…

Embrace your talents & love yourself. We’re all really good at something. I imagine you thinking your “something” is small or insignificant.  It isn’t!  There’s someone struggling right now with your “something.”  It can be as simple as creating budget friendly family meals, being an encouragement to others with a letter or kind word, or planning a great trip!  These things are important and often essential on a daily basis.  Embrace it!  You have to love yourself before you can appear to be confident.

Body language, eye contact, and smile! The language your body speaks is everything! Having the right body language takes some practice but is the easiest way to show confidence and show kindness to others.  How do you stand when someone is speaking to you?  Do you cross your arms?  Do you look down at the ground?  These gestures are defensive.  You may not mean to but sometimes you can appear to be closing your body and mind to the other person.  Try this – next time you are speaking with someone – stand up straight, clasp your hands lightly in front of your waist, look the person in the eye, and SMILE while you listen to them speak.  These four steps will drastically improve your appearance and show confidence.

Follow strong women who inspire you.  I need inspiration all the time especially when I am feeling down about myself.  I gain inspiration from seeing other women go after their goals in a fearless way.  If they can, why can’t I?  A little inspiration may be the one thing to kick start your confidence in a positive direction.

Ann Shoket
Instagram | @annshoket
Twitter | @annshoket

Former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and author of The Big Life is my go to woman.  She loves to encourage her #badassbabes to embrace life and go for their goals.  Her Instagram focuses on empowering millennial women to break the standard and live fearlessly.  Plus, she tweeted me back on Twitter and made me geek out just a bit.

Maria Taylor
Instagram | @MariaTaylor7
Twitter | @MariaTaylor7

Maria is an ESPN and SEC Network analyst and show host I discovered through watching Georgia football this past season.  I love her!  She is fun, quirky, and making a huge impact on the sports industry as a female.  She has an amazing view on life and I’m inspired to see her spread kindness and empower other women to be ambitious.

Confidence isn’t something that comes naturally to many people…me included.  It’s a choice we must make every single day.  We can make a positive choice by loving ourselves and allowing others to inspire us.

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