An interview is your opportunity to put your best foot forward, showcase your assets, and obtain a job. Therefore, being prepared for an interview is critical.
There are several things you need to do to ensure you are chosen as the top candidate.
Bring appropriate materials. Take several copies of your resume, along with a few copies of your reference page. Bring a notepad and pen to be ready to write down any pertinent information or questions you may have.
Dress appropriately. Men should wear a suit with tie, along with dress shoes. Women should wear a dress, skirt, or pant suit of a solid color. You should dress similar to how you would on your first day of work.
Research the company. Review the company’s website and know important information such as their mission statement, the products or services they produce, and their target customers and competitors.
Listen. Make sure you pay attention to what the interviewer is saying. Be prepared to answer their questions directly and with examples.
Follow up. Immediately following the interview, send a thank you letter including thanking the interviewer for his/her time, restate how you can be an asset to the company, and where you can be reached.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing
Research the company and the position, and prepare questions to ask.
Fill out all required forms thoroughly and turn them in when they are due.
Always arrive early – NEVER arrive late!
Wear business attire.
Do not chew gum.
Greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake.
Give a good introduction of yourself.
Be honest, but do not tell your whole life story.
Send a follow-up thank you letter, note, or e-mail.