The Dos And Don'ts Of Going After Your Dream Job

Do it with feeling.


So, it's finally happened -- you have landed an interview for your dream job. But how do you turn that opportunity into actually getting the role? Take a look at our tips below to help you on your way. Then see how Sutton earned her dream job in The Bold Type season 1 episode 4, 'If You Can't Do It With Feeling', now available to stream on Freeform.

Do: Be prepared.

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You may be out of school, but that doesn't mean you don't have homework. Research the company and the role so you know exactly what to expect. Look up typical interview questions and practice your answers with a friend or in front of a mirror. And you should always make sure you have questions of your own for the interviewer. You are learning about them as much as they are learning about you.

Don't: Panic.

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Yes, we know it's easy to say, but not so easy to do. But stay calm. If you've put in the prep work, you have nothing to fear. Arrive at the interview a little early so you don't get flustered by arriving late. Then you'll also have time to sit down and look over your notes before you're called in. Take some deep breaths and think positively.

Do: Create a leave-behind.

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Don't wait for your recruiter to ask, have something tangible to leave behind before you head into the interview. This is a great opportunity to show off your skills and passion for the role, and leave a lasting impression once you're no longer in the room. A printed copy of your resume, a creative summary of past accomplishments with testimonials, or a condensed portfolio are all possible ideas depending on the field and the job. Put some effort into it and your enthusiasm for the job will shine through.

Don't: Doubt your abilities.

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It's easy to let self-doubt creep in before an interview, but remember they selected your application out of so many others for a good reason. They obviously think you have potential so the interview is your chance to prove it to them. Have confidence in your achievements and skills, and let them know why you would be a good fit for the role.

Do: Be enthusiastic.

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This is your dream job so act like it! Smile, and speak positively about yourself and the role. You want them to know that you appreciate what an amazing opportunity this is.

Don't: Stretch the truth.

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You want to sell yourself in an interview, but you shouldn't let that tempt you into saying that you have skills or experience that you actually don't. Be honest about your abilities and focus on your strengths.

Do: Be yourself.

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Interviewers appreciate someone who is genuine, and you will be much more comfortable in the interview if you're not putting on an act.

Don't: Undersell yourself.

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We know it can sometimes be difficult to talk yourself up, but you need to let the interviewers know just how much you've got to give to the role. Build up your confidence by practicing with a friend first or saying it out loud to yourself in the mirror. And remember, there is only one of you -- and you have your own unique set of skills and attributes to bring to the role.

Do: Always keep trying.

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If, for whatever reason, you don't get that particular role, don't give up. And definitely don't see it as a failure. Instead, learn from it -- email the interviewer to see if they can give you any feedback. There are other opportunities out there for you, so continue to work hard and go after them. Your dream job is worth fighting for.

Do you have any helpful interview or career tips? Share them in the comments below.

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