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How to Nail Your First Interview

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Nail Your First InterviewHammer out the details!

Do you have an interview on the calendar? Congratulations– your hard work is paying off! Your resume and credentials made the cut, and you are one step closer to getting the job. Now, it is time to nail your first interview. Here is some excellent advice from our expert recruiters. We hope you find it helpful!

Job Knowledge

Prior to your interview, it is vital that you research the company. Don’t just have a general idea of what the employer does. Familiarize yourself with their mission statement, values, services, and place in the community. It is also crucial that you know the position details, so you can relate your experience to the job requirements.

Know the challenges that the industry faces and show the interviewer how you would be an asset to their team. Present concrete, measurable examples of past successes and accomplishments.

Additionally, before the interview is finished, be sure to ask thoughtful questions that reinforce your interest.

Positive Attitude

Believe it or not, your attitude can affect whether you nail your first interview or fail it.

Make sure that you smile and remain upbeat, as people can feel your energy. No negative comments, give things a positive spin, and make a conscious effort not to complain.


As singer, songwriter, and actress Christina Grimmie said, “Confidence is not ‘they will like me’. Confidence is instead ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.” This is a great mantra to have when interviewing.

We know it is much easier said than done, but try not to take rejection personally. Accept that you will not be everyone’s cup of tea, as they say.

Trust in your abilities and allow yourself to be the real you. Employers want to hire someone who is authentic and comfortable in their own skin.

Our recruiters also suggest that you practice interviewing to gain confidence or schedule an informational interview (or several!) to get a feel for the process.


If you are looking to nail your first interview, manners are more important than you think. Especially since they seem to be falling by the wayside. We recommend that you be polite to everyone from the receptionist to the interviewer. They do talk to one another and it could affect their hiring decision.

Always follow up with a thank you note!


If you partner with a recruiter, like the ones at HH Staffing, they can assist in prepping you and help you nail your first interview.

For more great tips and information regarding our staffing services, please check out our website. We enjoy connecting with our job seekers on social media as well, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you!

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