Interview Tips

Interview Tips. Your interview is the first chance an employer gets to meet the real you. Knock their socks off with these tips.

Company Research. Research should always be your first step. Gathering background information on employers is a crucial  element in successful interview preparation. You will need to be prepared to answer the questions “What do you know about our company”? and “Why do you want to work here?” Knowing as much as possible about the company’s past performance and future plans can make your interview more interactive and could be just the leg up you need in a competitive job market.interviewing

Practice Makes Perfect. Practice makes perfect (or at least leads to improvement). Practice with a friend and record or videotape your responses so you can replay the interview and see how well you did. Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Doing so will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the position.

Dress Appropriately. An article in U.S.A. Today spoke about candidates for jobs wearing jeans, purple sweat suits, and spike heels or sneakers. Other applicants weren’t afraid to show pierced body parts and spiked hair. Still others chewed gum or showed up in rumpled clothes or with their pants falling down. One recruiter even told a candidate with his trousers down below his hips, to “Pull your pants up.” According to the article, the outlandish dress costs some candidates the job. Don’t let that happen to you.

Women’s Interview Attire Men’s Interview Attire
Solid color, conservative suit Solid color, conservative suit
Coordinated blouse White long sleeve shirt
Moderate shoes Conservative tie
Limited jewelry Dark socks, professional shoes
Neat, professional hairstyle Very limited jewelry
Tan or light hosiery Neat, professional hairstyle
Sparse make-up & perfume Go easy on the aftershave
Manicured nails Neatly trimmed nails

 

Prepare For the Interview. It is very important to be on time for the interview. On time means ten to fifteen minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Remember to bring an extra copy of your resume and a list of references.

 Stay Calm. During the interview try to remain as calm as possible. Ask for clarification if you’re not sure what’s been asked and remember that it is perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to frame your responses so you can be sure too fully answer the question.

 End the interview with a thank you to the interviewer and reiterate your interest in the position. Then follow-up with a personal Thank You note restating your interest.

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