The big day is here! You've been invited to a face-to-face interview with a prospective employer. Are you prepared for the interview? Don't ever go into an interview cold. Statistics show that the interviewer will decide whether or not you may be a fit for the position within the first five minutes of the interview so it's imperative that you make a good impression immediately. If you're new to job hunting, prepare and practice, practice, practice. For sample questions that you may have to answer in an interview see Common Interview Questions.
- Drive by the location where you're interviewing the day before so that you know its exact location and how much time you need to get there.
- Your research and know the type of job you'll be interviewing for, and the name of the person you'll be interviewing with.
- Dress the part for the job, the company, the industry. If you're in doubt, err on the conservative side.
- Greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where you make your first impression. Quite often the hiring authority will rely on the receptionist's or assistant's opinion.
- Bring extra resumes to the interview. If you're given an application, fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.
- Shake hands firmly, make good eye contact, and show enthusiasm for the position and the company.
- Avoid conversational topics unless the interviewer starts the conversation.
- Stress your achievements.
- Show what you can do for the employer rather than what the employer can do for you.
- Ask intelligent questions about the position, company, or industry.
- Ask for the job.
- Write thank you letters within 24 hours to each person you interviewed with.
- When asked a question, think about the question before answering it.
- Be late for the interview. If you are running late, telephone the company.
- Memorize or over-rehearse answers to interview questions.
- Chew gum during the interview.
- Tell jokes during the interview.
- Smoke before the interview so that you smell like smoke.
- Be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.
- Act as though you are desperate for employment.
- Say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
- Bring up or discuss personal or family issues.
- Inquire about salary or benefits until after you have received an offer.
- Ramble on when answering a question. Your answer should relate only to the question asked.