New York City is one of the hardest cities in the world to make it in. The saying goes, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” and it’s absolutely correct. Job hunting can be a scary and stressful thing, in any city, as well as the “Big Apple”. The following are great tips to follow when you’re on the hunt for an NYC job.
New York City can be very unpredictable, while most days carry on without a hitch, some days, you might encounter delayed trains, parades down 5th Avenue or a freak super storm. If you’re going to an interview, give yourself enough time to get there and get back on track if you get lost, find the building, catch your breath or relax for a few minutes, and go in there looking flawless and ready. Some buildings in Manhattan have security at the front to verify your appointment, leave time for them to check you in.
How You Look
No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t look clean and put together. While you don’t have to break the bank at Bergdorf’s, it’s SUPER important to look your best, while not appearing as if you’re trying too hard to impress the company. Depending on the company, you may be able to dress business casual, or you might have to dress in a suit and tie (yes, New Yorkers still dress that way!). Remember to dress for the position you want, not the position you’re interviewing for.
Rules of thumb for both genders:
- Neutral colors
- Dress your age. You will always look better if you dress the age you look and not the age you feel/want to be. You are who you are, rock it!
- If you look good, you feel good, and vice versa.
No camisole tank tops or flip-flops. Skirts should be no shorter than right above the knee. Go easy on the jewelry and make-up. Go for a relaxed, yet maintained hairstyle. High heels are fine, as long as they don’t look like the ones you wore Saturday night.
Remove all visible piercings and shave off the stubble, you should look well groomed. Make sure your hair looks like you did something to it, instead of the usual bed head look. Dress shoes, dress socks, and most importantly, a suit that a.) matches and b.) fits.
The interview process is dreadful. No one likes it. Not you, and not the person looking to hire. Remember that while the interview may be directed at you, you’re also interviewing them, you want to see if the company will be a good fit for you, too. Don’t be afraid to ask questions but think about what you ask before you ask. If you’re asking valid questions, your interviewer will pick up on the way you think, and that might help your interview.
More than anything else, be confident. Be confident in your handshake (firm handshakes!), be confident in your smile, be confident in your body language. Your interviewers will try to trip you up. It’s okay to pause and think about questions you’re being asked. Answer in a clear and confident tone.
When you’re confident, you exude great, positive energy. Do your best! Relax, have fun (yes it’s okay to have fun), and go WOW your future employers!