Interviewing is nerve-racking and intimidating for most people. However, with some advanced preparation you can land that job.
Research the Company
The most important thing you can do to prepare for your interview is to research the company. Learn as much as possible about the company, the person you are interviewing with, and the key staff of the company well in advance of interview day. When the interviewer asks, "What do you know about our company (or what we do)?" you will have a well-thought-out and well-researched answer. Prepare a list of questions based on your research. The interviewer will almost certainly ask if you have any questions. It is good to have some ready.
Make a Good First Impression
It is also important to make a good first impression. Get a good night’s rest in advance of the interview and lay out your clothes the night before. You want to look professional and respectful. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed, so dress your best. Leave the body piercings at home and keep the perfume or cologne to a minimum.
Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. If you are on time, you are late. Arriving early allows you time to compose yourself and observe your surroundings.
Your interview starts before you actually meet with your interviewer. Employees (your potential future co-workers) are watching (and judging) you from the moment you arrive. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward.
Have your resume, cover letter, a pen, and a notepad with you. Having to ask someone to borrow a pen is not a good way to start a job interview.
Greet Your Interviewer & Stay on Task
Greet your interviewer with a firm (but not too firm) handshake, and look them in the eyes.
When asked the common interview opener "So, tell me about yourself," provide a brief synopsis of your relevant skills, not a play-by-play of your hobbies. Keep it positive and upbeat. Answer questions honestly, selling your skills. Remember, you are answering the question, "Why should I hire you?"
Follow up the interview with a thank you note. Do not forget to check out Workforce Solutions for additional tips and classes on interviewing!
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