You’ve received a call for an interview. Now the real work begins.
#5-Before the Interview
- Research is key. Develop a solid knowledge base regarding the employer and job opportunity. Understand the job requirements. Research the person interviewing you. The more you know, the better you’ll understand the questions.
- Practice common interview questions and answers. Ask what type of interview to expect. Don’t memorize responses. Be detailed and concise.
- Organize your papers the night before. Prepare extra resumes or CV’s, as well as a list of your references. Pack several pens and a pad of paper. If appropriate, bring samples of your work or a portfolio.
#4-The Day Of The Interview
Dress the Part. Strive for a look that fits the organization and its culture. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Do not wear a lot of accessories. Don’t smoke or eat just prior to the interview. Try to brush your teeth or use mouthwash right before the interview.
Shut off your cell upon your arrival.
Arrive approximately 15 minutes before the interview. Chances are they’re will be paperwork to be completed.
Be warm and polite to everyone you meet.
#3-The Interview Process
Remember, this an opportunity for you to learn more about the business and for the business to learn about you. It’s all about finding a great fit.
First impressions count. Studies show that interviewers form an image of you in the first few seconds of meeting you. Within 20 minutes, they already have already made critical decisions about you.
Make eye contact. Stand, smile and offer a firm handshake.
Convey enthusiasm, authenticism, and a positive attitude.
Keep your answers concise and to the point.
Never badmouth a former employer.
Pay attention to body language. Good posture, eye contact, and active listening are essential. Don’t fidget.
Be astute. Ask smart questions.
Never say: “I don’t know.” Instead, answer with comments like, “That’s not in my wheelhouse.”
#2-Closing The Deal
Your overall goal is to highlight your fit for the job and the company. You need to show how you’ll be an asset.
As the interview is ending, ask about the next steps in the process and an expected timetable for when the hiring process will end.
#1-After The Interview
Common courtesy goes far. Thank each person who interviews you: in person and by way of thank you notes.
The interview process takes effort. Do your homework and be persistent. Good luck!