Basic Guidelines for any Interview

Too many candidates are going to interviews unprepared.  I am shocked when I hear stories of how people do not know the basics.  Always remember, if you get the interview that is your one chance of getting the job you want!  Don’t miss out. 

Before the Interview

  • Research the company.  It’s also good to research the industry and the competition.
  • Prepare your 30-second personal pitch.
  • List questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Get permission from your references to use their names, & have a reference list ready.
  • Prepare your interview answers. Do a Mock-Interview.
  • List the qualities you possess that fit the job requirements—have examples of each.

The Interview:

  • Dress for Success. Always wear a suit. Look your best.

Items to Bring to the Interview:

  • Several copies of your resume on quality paper
  • A copy of your references
  • A pad/pen to take notes, in a folder
  • A portfolio of your work you want to showcase
  • Clear directions on how to get to the interview
  • The interviewer’s office number & contact information

Upon Arrival

  • Arrive early. 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • Announce yourself to the receptionist in a professional manner.
  • Engage the people around you while you wait.
  • Go to the restroom and check your appearance one last time.
  • Stand and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake.
  • Smile and maintain eye contact.

During the Interview:

  • Try to focus on the points you have prepared without sounding rehearsed.
  • Learn what you can about the company.
  • Ask questions and listen, always trying to engage the interviewer.
  • At the conclusion, thank the interviewer and inquire about the next step.
  • At the end, ask for a business card so you can send a follow-up letter.

After the Interview:

  • Send a thank-you letter within 24 hours, restating your fit for the job.
  • Follow up after 2 weeks stating your interest, and to see if they made a decision.
  • If you did not get the position, ask for feedback.
  • If they have not made a decision, restate why you are the best candidate.

Remember, if you got the face:face meeting then the job could be yours. All you have to do is ace the interview!  You were qualified, that’s why you were selected.  Be Prepared!

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