Got an interview? Here’s a few tips and tricks to make a good impression.

Michelle Allison, then-junior in human resources, talks to Jasmine Phillips, student manager from Southwestern Advantage, about internship opportunities at a career fair in the K-State Student Union ballroom. (Archive Photo by Hannah Hunsinger | Collegian Media Group)

Whether you’re interviewing for your first internship or you’re looking for your first job post-graduation, here are a few tips to help you keep it cool during your interview and make a good impression.

1. Print out your resume on nice paper.

There are two parts to this tip: bring your resume with you and don’t print it on regular printer paper. Bringing your resume, even if you’ve already sent one in, shows that you thought ahead and gives your interviewers something to reference while they’re speaking with you. Printing it on sturdier paper not only prevents you from bending it up while you hold onto it, but also shows a little extra effort.

2. Dress up.

This might seem like a no brainer, but it’s important. Even if your interview is over Skype, make sure you are dressed all the way for it. (That means no blazer and pajama pants ensembles.) In general, dressing up shows that you’ve thought ahead and that you are professional.

3. It’s okay to mull over a question.

If you get asked a question that stumps you, don’t blurt something out. It’s okay to say “Wow, that’s a good question. Let me think about that for a second.” It not only gives you time to think it over, but it allows you take a breather and collect your thoughts.

4. Make eye contact.

This is so important. Even if you’re nervous, keep eye contact. Show them that you not only respect them, but that you have interpersonal skills. Also, resist the urge to fiddle with your clothes or mess with your nails. You might be crazy nervous, but messing around with something and avoiding eye contact will make you come across as rude or disinterested.

5. Bring a ‘Thank You’ note.

This one is kind of a bonus. When I was practicing interviewing in high school in my Career and Life Planning class, my teacher said bringing something that shows your appreciation for your interviewer’s time will put your resume at the top of the stack. It shows that you are interested in the job and the company. Also, everyone likes opening mail.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.