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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.