You’ve applied for a job and now they want to meet you! This is your opportunity to communicate to the potential employer your unique qualities. However, interviews can be very intimidating and without proper preparation and practice your opportunity could be wasted.
Use the internet to find information on:
- Facts about the job in general
- Facts about the employer
- Organizational structure
Plan and rehearse your answers to questions that the employer may ask. Develop a list of questions to ask the interviewer yourself. Review your unique skills and qualities. Study your resume and job description. Practice answering questions.
Gather the following to bring with you to the interview:
- Notepad and pen
- Extra resumes
- Copies of your reference list
- Work Study certificate (if applicable)
- Days and hours you are available to work
Make sure your interview clothes fit, have no stains and feel comfortable for sitting and talking. Try to find out ahead of time what would be considered appropriate dress for this particular organization/office.
During the Interview
- Arrive early- ten to fifteen minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
- Do not chew gum or candy.
- Make eye contact and shake hands firmly.
- Focus on what you can do for the organization/office, not vice versa.
- Explain how your unique skills will help them meet their goals.
- Never answer with just a “yes” or “no”. Elaborate!
- Show an eagerness to work.
- Be positive and energetic.
- Stay calm and cool-headed.
- Be serious and professional.
- Don’t discuss your personal life.
- Avoid slang and pause words (umm, well, etc.)
- Maintain eye contact.
- Nod, smile and let your face show interest.