Interviews can be the most stressful part of finding a job. We can help by giving you tips on how to dress, how to act, what questions to expect and ask and even help you practice your interview skills. Making a great first impression...
Everything you do or don't do, say or don't say is being looked at in an interview. From how you dress, how you wait for the interview to begin, how early you show up for the interview, how you introduce yourself, how prepared you are and more. Every little thing is taken into consideration.
So now that you have your interview set up, it's time to prepare. There are a few simple things that may make you feel more at ease during the interview (and no, it isn't seeing them all dressed as clowns).
- If you haven't already, research the company. Visit the company website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages to start with. Pay particular attention to anything that may have an affect on your pending position there.
- Do you know where the interview is taking place? How long does it take to get there and park? What is the quickest route to get there and possible roadblocks that can slow you down such as train or construction? Give yourself plenty of time so you aren't feeling rushed before you even get there.
- If at all possible, talk to someone who works there, preferably in the department to which you are interviewing. It can't hurt to know what their workplace is like before you interview.
- Be familiar with how your position will support the company's mission as a whole. How can you, in this position, help support this mission?
- Review possible Interview Questions and practice possible answers.
- Try on the outfit you plan to wear to the interview with enough time to change into a second choice if you need to change for any reason. You don't want to be rushed. Review Interview Appearance tips when choosing your outfit(s).
- Have a few extra copies of your resume and references, professional and personal, with you. It's a good idea to keep these neatly in a folder or essay binder. Not only does it keep them neat, but also shows you are organized. Keep the color muted and professional.
- Depending on the position for which you are interviewing, taking a few notes can show you are paying attention. Ensure you don't spend more time taking notes or staring at the tablet than necessary to take a few notes.
- If you have business cards, take some with you to leave at the interview.
- If you don't NEED to have your cell phone with you, leave it in the car; if you take it with you, keep it out of sight and silence it. Even a vibrating phone can come across as rude and annoying during an interview.