Before the Interview
- The first impression. There is no second chance to make a good first impression! Dress professionally, shake hands firmly and maintain confident eye contact. Do not chew gum or smoke. Remember to smile.
- Plan ahead. Do your research. Know about the company, the position and the people you are about to interact with.
- Play-act. Rehearse your role, practicing with a friend or relative. Try to come up with probable questions – particularly open-ended ones – and plausible answers.
- Dress to impress. Be well-groomed, clean and confident.
- Confirm. Be prepared: know the time, date and location of the interview. Bring the necessary certificates, resumes and recommendation letters with you. Upon arrival, ensure the receptionist knows you are there.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
During the Interview
- Be on time. You do not want a bad start – and tardiness will not help. If you cannot escape being late, call!
- Look them in the eye. Maintaining eye contact is critical. Not only does it imply attentiveness and establish good rapport, it shows your essential interest in the interview.
- Define yourself. Accentuate specific achievements: what are you proud of and how you solve problems and learn.
- Be positive. Enthusiasm counts! Be sure to avoid negative comments about past employers.
- Be candid, courteous and confident.
- Be adaptable. Concentrate on clues provided by setting and mood to tailor your presentation.
- Question. Your interviewer should not be the only one to ask questions; ask about the company and the job to show your interest, but keep it relevant.
- Listen and do not interrupt.
After the Interview
- Be thankful. Thank the interviewer for their time and interest when you leave and as a follow-up in writing. Summarize the interview, re-emphasizing the reasons you believe you should be hired. Add that extra personal touch that is sometimes lost in today’s busy business world.
- Take your notes. Position responsibilities, key concerns/points discussed, names of key personnel and any other important info gained.
- Contact your references.