Tips for a Successful Interview

Research the company
Do a little homework! Research the company and the position and, if possible, the people you will meet with at the interview. Google the company, visit their website and check out their social networking pages, if available. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the company’s needs.

Practice makes perfect
Check out our Common Interview Questions and be prepared to answer them. Write down answers if it helps to make your presentation more concise. Try to keep your answers to the information your new employer will want to know.

Be on time
There is no excuse for being late. Blaming a late arrival on traffic or anything else doesn’t matter even if it’s true. Be sure to have directions printed out so you know exactly where you are going ahead of time and allow extra time for your commute.

Make a good first impression
You should go to the interview alone – no children or friends. Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.

Turn your cell phone off
This seems like common sense, but double and triple check to make sure that your cell phone is turned off before entering the interview so there are no distractions.

Dress for success
Make sure that you go into the job interview wearing clean, professional clothes. Don’t wear cologne or perfume. What’s subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer. Also, keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum.

Be prepared
Even though your interviewer will most likely have a copy of your resume, be sure to bring extra copies just in case, as well as printed-out references and a notepad and pen to jot down any notes during the interview. Being prepared shows you are serious about the job.

Be positive
Avoid negative comments about past employers. Bad mouthing a previous boss or employer in a job interview is a huge negative. Be upbeat, smile and answer questions positively.

Make good eye contact
Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show that you want the job by listening and showing your interest in the conversation. Staring at the floor, ceiling or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested.

Be adaptable and relatable
Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Pay attention to the details of dress, office furniture, and general decor to assist you in tailoring your presentation. Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and the company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

Ask questions
At the end of the job interview, make sure you have some questions to ask (click here for a list of good questions to bring up). If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask. It reinforces your strong interest in the job.

Say thank you
Thank the interviewer for his or her time and request a business card. Shake hands in closing. After the interview, send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers within 24 hours of the interview. Here are some basic tips for writing a thank you note:

  • Keep it short and simple
  • Include a thank you for the interview, your interest in the position, and a brief summary of your qualifications and skills
  • Mention something you wish you had said during the interview
  • Thank you notes can be sent via mail or email, but whatever delivery method you choose, act fast

Top Reasons Why People Don’t Get Hired:

  • Untidy personal appearance
  • Inability to express information clearly
  • Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm
  • Unwillingness to start at the bottom
  • Negative attitude
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Incomplete or sloppy application
  • Being late for the interview

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