How to Interview
The good news is, once you get called in for an interview, you know that on paper, you have all the qualities that you need to do that job. If you didn’t, the employer would not bother to call you in.
So, how do you clinch the job?
The better prepared you are, the less anxious you will be, and the greater your chances for success.
Know Something About the Company You Are Applying to
Check out their website, look the place over before the interview to get an idea of how people dress there and what the company culture is. It is also impressive, when they ask if you have any questions, if
you can ask a question that shows you know about the company.
The details of your appearance are as important as the overall effect. You should dress at least as well as someone working in the position you are applying for. All details of grooming are important. Do not over power a room with cologne or perfume. Too many people have sensitivities. This is not a date.
Know What Questions to Expect
We have books and flyers at our center that list potential questions. Ask a friend to practice with you. Our center often offers interviewing skills workshops. Sign up for one. (insert link to sign up for workshops).
Make Eye Contact
Smile. Lean toward the person. All of these behaviors demonstrate interest, friendliness and trustworthiness. Don’t fidget, chew gum or bring food or drink into an interview. Your attention should be on one thing, the interviewer and what he or she is saying.
Be On Time
That means be a few minutes (10-15) early. Have copies of your resume with you.
Evaluate Your Skills, Abilities & Education
Evaluate your skills, abilities and education as they relate to the job you are interviewing for. Then, be able to sum up at the end of the interview why you believe you are the best candidate.
Send a Thank You Note After the Interview
Thank them for their time and interest. Remind them of why you are a good choice. Good manners are never out of place.
Remember that you are trying to impress your potential future employer. Everything counts. Employers know that if you do not try to impress them before they hire you, you will never try afterwards. Impress them!