Arrive on time: Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early. This will give you time to find a place to park, visit the rest room and relax before you are ushered in for the interview.
Come prepared: Do your homework and investigate the company and its competition. This will enable you to talk specifically about the particular position and company you are interviewing with.
Know what’s on your resume: It is not uncommon for an interviewer to ask you about your job history. If you are unable to recall what your resume says and cite incorrect dates or information, it can have negative consequences.
Practice your pitch: Know your strengths, your weaknesses and why you are the best person for the job. Don’t wait for an interview to say these things for the first time — practice, practice, practice.
Dress to impress: Even if you are told that the company is ‘casual’, you aren’t an employee yet, and are competing against many other candidates — some who will be dressed very professionally. You don’t want to do anything to diminish the impression you leave behind. What you wear is an important factor in a job interview — and a suit is a good choice. Make sure you look your best and that you are dressed to impress.
Exude Confidence: Although you may feel nervous, do whatever you can to appear calm and in control. Walk with a confident stride, stand tall, hold your head high, look the interviewer in the eyes and offer a firm strong handshake. You may be surprised to discover that by doing these things, you will calm your nerves and appear more confident and in control.
Ask for the job: There is no need to avoid the real reason you are there — to get hired. Don’t end the interview before you’ve asked for the job.
Tips to Remember
- You don’t need all of the qualifications a potential company seeks
- Most jobs are found through other people; network!
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
- Turn off your cell phone
- Research the company and industry before the interview
- Ask intelligent questions during the interview
- Offer a firm, strong handshake at the beginning and end of the meeting
- Dress to impress; you only have one chance to make a great impression
- Maintain eye contact throughout the entire interview
- Ask about the “next step” and ask for the job if you want it
- Provide specific examples and stories to back up what you say
- Send a hand written thank you note, and follow up with a phone call